Critical Race Theory Deepens Racial Divisions
Anne Kiefer’s support for Critical Race Theory (CRT) is expressed in her September 1 Chronicle-Express guest essay, “We Need a Complete History of America.” I believe we should reject the CRT and other âculture cancellationâ doctrines because they deviate from Reverend Martin Luther King’s belief that people should be judged not on ethnic or ethnic stereotypes. racial or on the color of their skin, but “on the content of their character.”
The CRT and similar doctrines ignore the advances that have been made against systemic racism, especially in southern states where systemic racism was the norm before civil rights advances in the 1950s and 1960s. encourage racial conflict rather than racial harmony; and promote the false belief that America today remains a systematically racist “white-privileged” society that should be rebuilt by incorporating far-left socialist ideology.
Dallas Justice Now (DJN), a subsidiary of Black Lives Matter, recently sent a letter to Caucasian Democrats in two affluent neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas, urging them to support “an academic engagement.”
Reflecting the CRT’s mindset, the letter states that âwhether you know it or not, you have earned or inherited your money by oppressing people of color. However, we also understand that you are a Democrat and a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement which makes you one of our white allies and puts you in a position to right these cruel injustices. We need you to come together and back up your words with deeds and real sacrifices to make our separate city more just. “
The letter then asks those who received it “to make a commitment that your children will not apply to or attend any Ivy League or US News & World Report Top 50 Schools.” If you don’t have children under the age of 18, we ask that you commit to keeping your friends, family, and privileged white neighbors with children up to this standard. These schools have granted privileges to white families for generations. Having your kids attend these schools takes away spaces for students of color who really need the employment opportunities, education, and influence that these schools provide.
The letter asks recipients to check one of two boxes: “I am a racist hypocrite” or “I accept the pledge”. DJN warned on its website that it would publicly announce the names of the people who signed and did not sign the pledge.
“Candace” host Candace Owens, who is African American, reacted to the DJN campaign on “Tucker Carlson Tonight”. She said, âYou can identify this as low expectation fanaticism. They say black Americans are not smart enough to enter these schools on their own merit. But here’s what’s interesting. It is worse than the fanaticism of low expectations. It is the fanaticism of the absence of expectations. Owens pointed out that affirmative action helps level the playing field in higher education, but left-wing liberals and groups like DJN want to wipe out white Americans altogether. Owens also observed that the leftist agenda perpetuates rather than eliminates systemic racism because “they want people to focus on skin color and make sure people are separated based on their color. of skin “.
In his essay, Kiefer wrote that Nikole Hannah-Jones “captured the spirit of critical race theory and provided a vision for America’s future.” But Hannah-Jones has been discredited not only by conservative and âhalfwayâ historians, but even by some left-wing historians who have questioned the accuracy of the âfactsâ presented by Hannah-Jones in her writings.
Last year, US Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) expressed his opinion in a New York Times essay that the US military should help restore order when local and state governments are unable or do not want to stop the destructive riots that are occurring in some communities. Hannah-Jones was among the NYT reporters who pressured the newspaper’s management to reject Cotton’s essay and apologize to readers for publishing it. Agree or disagree with Cotton’s essay – for the most part I agree with him – but supporters of the CRT should at least respect the rights of people to express opinions that are different from their own. However, CRT supporters seem to believe in free speech only for people who adhere to CRT doctrines.
Joel Freedman, of Canandaigua, now retired, taught American history and sociology for many years at Finger Lakes Community College.