In a special session yesterday, the Utah Legislature passed a resolution recommending Critical Race Theory (CRT) NOT be taught in Utah public schools. The language of the House version of the resolution, HR901, stated:
“…the House of Representatives strongly recommends that the Utah State Board of Education review standards for curriculum and ensure the following concepts are not included in the curriculum standard:
- that one race is inherently superior or inferior to another race;
- that an individual should be discriminated against or receive adverse treatment because of the individual’s race; or
- that an individual’s moral character is determined by the individual’s race.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the House of Representatives strongly recommends that no training or training material that the Utah State Board of Education or a local education agency provides include the concepts described in this resolution.”
That a resolution has so much in common with the goals of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and sounds like Martin Luther King wrote it, and yet is opposed by the black community, is virtually incomprehensible.
But hey, it is the Roaring 2020’s after all, a time when nothing makes sense.
The usual suspects were out last night on the local news screeching that this represents the prohibition of the teaching of the history of people of color in Utah and Critical Race Theory is not what we think it is.
First, Critical Race Theory has about as much to do with history as Nicole Hannah-Jones’ fraudulent 1619 Project – which is to say, nothing at all. The two things CRT and the 1619 Project have in common is the punitive blame placed by both on white Americans for a sin that ended over a century and a half ago.
Secondly, let us be clear as to what Critical Race Theory is and from whence it came.
CRT is not a standalone theory, it is a subset of Critical Theory, a Marxist analytical took developed by Herbert Marcuse and others in the 1930’s at the Frankfurt School, a sort of early Marxist think tank. Critical Theory is a form of Western Marxist thought that sought to explain why the capitalist economies of the Western cultures, primarily America, prevented the perpetual class warfare Marxists needed to execute their plan for global communism.
Marx’s original thesis contemplated class strife between economic classes, but the Western capitalism provided unparalleled economic mobility, thereby removing the hate between the classes. Critical Theory shifted the focus from economic classes to societal classes, stating that social problems are influenced and created more by societal structures and cultural assumptions than by individual and psychological factors. That did not really work because Western capitalism created a largely casteless society and social mobility was as prevalent as economic mobility.
Casting about for an immutable basis for perpetual conflict, the Marxists settled on a specific human aspect that defies definition in economic or social terms but could be used to divide people along stark lines. They settled on something that cannot be changed, is evident from birth and something the individual cannot choose.
As a mechanism for the class conflict necessary for their revolutionary desires, the Marxists chose race – and Critical Race Theory was born.
Critical race theory (CRT) is a pseudo intellectual movement and a loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but rather a socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is primarily and exclusively used to oppress and exploit people of color, primarily black Americans.
Critical race theorists hold that the law and legal institutions in the United States are systemically and inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites, especially, as noted above, black Americans.
To accept CRT as a valid theory, one must believe whites are endemically, epidemically and irredeemably racist down their DNA, that because their skin is white, they are biologically predisposed to racism simply due to their race. One must also disregard the fact there are other minorities (Asians, South Asians, and even black African immigrants) who find success in America without the half century of preferential treatment and taxpayer dollars directed toward the American black community.
In practice, CRT says anyone who disagrees with it must do so for racist and white supremacist reasons, even if those people are black.
Critical Race Theory is a metastasizing cancer of Marxism. It is purely a process of retributive punishment based on racist concepts, concepts that presume to provide a moral and legal basis for assigning generational guilt based solely on skin color.
Sounds sort of racist, does it not?
There you go. This is one case where if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and has feathers and webbed feet like a duck, you can damn well be sure it is a duck. Anyone claiming CRT is about history – or claims that the current idea of “equity” being incorporated in public school curriculum is NOT CRT, is a liar, a charlatan and in my estimation, an enemy of the United States of America.