Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.
The Critical Race Theory virus has infected the educational system and those associations sworn to uphold professional integrity. The American Historical Association along with several other scholarly organizations recently published the “Joint Legislative Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism in American History” wherein they condemned those states legislating to staunch erroneous assertions that America and her history are racist to the core. As an AHA member I wrote to Mr. James R. Grossman, Executive Director of the American Historical Association voicing my objections to what I found to be a grossly distorted document.
The document is an accusation presented in generalities and argued by assertion. There is no mention of which states are so engaged in, or specific legislation aimed at “restricting discussion” or how they propose doing it. It alludes to “vague…buzzwords” used by opponents of Critical Race Theory but the only “vague buzzwords are to be found the “Joint Statement” in the manner of Ibram X. Kendi’s circular definition of racism as being caused by racism.
The idea that education is the sole province of “professional educators,” as the Joint Statement contends, is indeed arrogant. Which educators do they choose, the ones who no longer teach cursive writing without which one cannot read early documents or the Declaration of Independence, those who denounce standard English as “racist”, or the ones who deny objectivity and reason and express contempt for the American pageant? Are these educators’ superior persons who are above criticism? State legislators are the representatives of the citizen, that they have become involved in curricula is because ordinary Americans have become incensed by having their educational concerns dismissed by condescending “educators” who expect them to pay up and shut up. This type of reprehensible behavior was exhibited by the Loudoun County, Virginia School Board on June 22 when it shut down public comments on the Critical Race Theory program it is trying to implement. Where the concerns of their constituents are at stake state legislatures have the right and obligation to be involved, educators receiving public money are rightfully subject to public accountability.
From the Joint Statement I can only conclude that it is a defense of Project 1619, and the abominable Critical Race Theory. 1619, denounced for its errors by historians such as Gordon Wood, is a document so filled with flaws, half-truths, and lies as to be an absurdity and a disgrace. One of its more blatant falsehoods is claiming the American Revolution was started to defend slavery, a lie so obvious as to stand out like Pinocchio’s nose.
Critical Race Theory is even more pernicious, it is raw anti-white propaganda teaching Americans to hate each other, an evil pointed out too by black parents aware of its mendacity. Like the Nazis toward the Jews, it convicts whites of “the crime of being”, i.e., they are guilty because they exist. They and their children, and their children’s children must do the kowtow and penance forever more, their “racism” being irredeemable. White, i.e., Western Civilization, must be taken apart, crushed, the ground salted as Rome did to Carthage. Students and those employed in commerce, and now the military, are subjected to Maoist style self-criticism to confess injustices they never committed simply because of their race. To refuse this nonsense is to be fired from one’s position or subject to harassment by faculty or employer.
The bills now before the legislatures do not prohibit the teaching of slavery, segregation, discrimination, the lot, what they set out to do is protect students from being propagandized and harassed by those who agenda is the extirpation of truth and the demonization of the country and its white citizens. If racial discrimination exists it is against the white working class of clerks, shop keepers, veterans, and those outside the Ivy League, a class despised by “progressives” living in the comfort of expensive neighborhoods. It is a discrimination manifested in goals, quotas, set asides, all of which violate the 14th Amendment and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Today’s racial problems are exacerbated by “progressives” who want lower academic standards, who consider punctuality, standard English, and even mathematics as racist. It is they who believe blacks cannot make the grade who are the true racists.
I may be wrong in my assumptions of the Joint Declaration, but from its content I can only draw the conclusions I have.
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