Commentary: Critical race theory discourse is political gaslighting

You are being tempted to question, under the weight of relentless propaganda, what you see happening in front of your very own eyes.

Ibram X. Kendi/Wikimedia Commons

(American Greatness) — Happily, the spirit of American liberty seems to be awaking from its decades-long slumber.

Unless you’ve been living in an underground bunker for the past two years (I wouldn’t blame you too much if you had), you know there’s quite a lot of controversy over critical race theory (CRT). You also know that just as those who oppose it have started to gain some momentum in pushing back against it (like parents in Loudoun County, Virginia), legacy media shills all leaped into action, concern trolling about ordinary Americans’ alarm over this racist theory’s presence in their children’s schools.

This is a crystal clear example of what Michael Anton calls the “celebration parallax”: “a fact pattern is either true and glorious or false and scurrilous depending on who states it.” Thus, when CRT fanatics indoctrinate your children to hate America and to hate one another on the basis of their skin color, it’s a much-needed dose of hard medicine for a racist people whose country’s “very DNA” is racist (according to the “1619 Project”). But when you — a patriotic, decent American mom or dad — point out how evil a thing that is to say unironically, let alone teach to children and force on Americans across the country via human resources departments, it’s either not happening, or we’re overreacting, or opposing it will hurt the right “in the long run,” or it’s innocuous and really just about “teach[ing] children that slavery is bad and racism still exists.”

In fact, what you’re witnessing is perhaps the largest, most comprehensive gaslighting campaign in modern American history. You are being tempted to question, under the weight of relentless propaganda, what you see happening in front of your very own eyes.

Don’t give in.

CRT is not racially tinged or racialist; it’s not “race-conscious”; it’s not concerned with analyzing “nominally neutral-looking philosophical principle[s] or law[s] and show[ing] that, upon closer inspection and reflection, [they] benefit the rich or powerful or white”; it’s not some obscure, harmless academic theory confined to universities; and it’s not about “understanding” “white rage” or trying to be more “tolerant.”

No. Critical race theory is racist. We should not hesitate to repeat that simple sentence loudly and often. There is no longer space for polite euphemisms when we have a nation to re-found.

To the left’s useful idiots (in case you missed it, an ice cream company is lecturing us all about how Juneteenth is America’s “true independence day” — and yet, like trained seals, they applaud that it’s been made into a federal holiday), I’ll say this as simply as I can: CRT is racist propaganda designed to overthrow America, and it must be stopped. CRT is moral blackmail designed to spark racial conflict in America, pitting “oppressed” minorities against “oppressor” whites, all for the benefit of an entrenched oligarchy, which “innocence signals,” to distract from the massive wealth transfer they’re benefiting from right now while keeping real, Bernie-type radicals at bay. It’s being taught to your children. It’s infected every single institution in the country. And it’s downright revolutionary.

Don’t believe me? Here’s CRT’s racist prophet du jour Ibram X. Kendi, from his dishonestly titled book How to Be an Antiracist:

“The only remedy to racist discrimination is antiracist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

If you believe that’s not fully and completely racist, well, you probably also believe the 2020 election was totally on the up and up and that anyone who says otherwise is a conspiracy theorist who should just ignore the “well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, [who] work[ed] together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information.”

I’ve got a bridge to sell you, too.

We are being actively lied to in a coordinated fashion by every power center in this country; the ruling class is desperate to take the wind out of our sails, to make us second guess our commitment to colorblind equality before the law and doubt the reality of the evil that is happening right in front of us.

Don’t let them succeed.


Deion A. Kathawa