Commentary: Critical race theory embraces discrimination

This is all a regressive assault on the civil rights era.

Background: The crowd on the National Mall for MLK's I Have a Dream speech. (Wikimedia Commons) Left: Nikole Hannah-Jones (Wikimedia Commons) Right: Ibram X. Kendi (Wikimedia Commons)

Honest Americans view the civil rights progress America’s made as a successful battle against institutional discrimination.

Critical race theory (CRT), preferred by many on today’s left and foisted onto impressionable children, embraces discrimination.

CRT explicitly rejects reason and instead suggests race has been central to everything in America since the founding. Rejecting reason is deadly and brought forth monstrous 20th century ideologies like Communism and Nazism that killed tens of millions; now, in the 21st century, some people are trying to apply this irrationalism to race.

CRT is an attack on the principles upon which our Republic originated. It is founded on premises that “racism is ordinary, not aberrational” and that “our system of white-over-color ascendancy serves important purposes, both psychic and material.”

CRT is also an irresponsible way to think about race within the subset of critical theory, which emanates from Immanuel Kant and German Enlightenment philosophers.

The outcome of such class warfare becomes redistribution and equity, not real equality. The difference between equity and equality is that equality values an equal position on the starting line, or opportunity, whereas equity is about the finishing line, or outcome.

And according to the vice president, if all races don’t end up at the same place on the finishing line, we’ve failed.

CRT is most outlandish, sadly, in our schools.

Most children don’t see race, but these horrible notions divide them and can create a generation of anti-white racists. Kids are being taught hatred, which is not natural. And when CRT is not teaching them to abhor each other, it advises them to despise America, a country they’re told represents everything bad in this world.

“We cannot have a divisive ideology being permeated in our schools,” Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fla., said Thursday. “What the theorists want to talk about in academia being distilled down to oppressor-oppressed models that are affecting people in our schools and members of our military. It has no place there.”

This is all a regressive assault on the civil rights era, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who appealed not to equity but to the Declaration of Independence.

CRT is also a rejection of King’s Memphis speech the night before he was assassinated, when his argument claimed segregationists violated the principles of our founding.

“If I lived in China or even Russia or any totalitarian country, maybe I could understand some of these illegal injunctions, maybe I could understand the denial of basic First Amendment privileges because they hadn’t committed themselves over there. But I live in America.”

King believed the goal of the civil rights movement was to make America what it ought to be by “standing up for the best in the American dream and taking the whole nation back to those great wells of democracy, which were dug deep by the founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”

CRT, however, is a neo-Marxist repudiation of King’s words, since it embraces philosophies of Jim Crow, China, the Soviet Union, Iran, and other tyrannies. CRT believes “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal” is an illegitimate idea.

Insular politicians, legacy media, and school boards want to ignore CRT or say it doesn’t exist. They claim racism is embedded deeply in American life, unconsciously woven into the psyches of 235 million white folks. Their solution: indoctrinate impressionable children and tear down our systems that provide unparalleled liberty and prosperity.

“Those who question the premises of the programs are automatically deemed racists who must be forced to acknowledge fault in the manner of the ‘struggle sessions’ of the Chinese Cultural Revolution and/or purged,” Jonathan Tobin wrote this week. “That’s why it’s so vital to resist their imposition. Once put in place, they are totalitarian in nature and work to change not just the nature of the conversation about race but also who may speak about it.”

Faux scholars like Robin DiAngeloNikole Hannah-Jones, and Ibram Kendi have become famous and wealthy by seeking more discrimination until “inequities” are remedied.

Dr. King would be ashamed of these bigoted grifters and of CRT.


A.J. Kaufman

A.J. Kaufman is an Alpha News columnist. His work has appeared in the Baltimore Sun, Florida Sun-Sentinel, Indianapolis Star, Israel National News, Orange County Register, St. Cloud Times, Star-Tribune, and across AIM Media Midwest and the Internet. Kaufman previously worked as a school teacher and military historian.