Liz Wheeler on Salvation Army ‘suffering’: That’s what happens when you call white donors racists

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The Salvation Army is reportedly losing donors, and conservatives couldn’t be any happier about it. The reason why is because of the Christian charity’s decision to go “woke.”

Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox News Primetime” this Wednesday, conservative commentator Liz Wheeler argued quite plainly that this is what they get for promoting racial essentialism.

“When you call your white donors, tell them to apologize for their racism, tell your white donors that because of the color of their skin they’re inherently racist and there’s no way to avoid being racist — I mean, this is a horrible thing. It’s a false thing. It’s a toxic allegation,” she said.

It’s racial essentialism, and it’s spread to every corner of the nation, which is why, she argued, it’s fundamental that those caught peddling this racist garbage suffer “consequences.”

Including the Salvation Army.

“It’s exactly what we’re seeing in other cultural areas of our country. This is what we saw in public school systems. This is the principles of critical race theory. This is the principles of the 1619 Project, where these people, these far-leftists, are trying to divide our country by race to tell people who have white skin that they are oppressors inherently, and people who have black skin that they are oppressed inherently, based only on that immutable characteristic,” Wheeler continued.

“This is a huge turn-off for everybody in our country, regardless of your political stripe. And I’m glad the Salvation Army is suffering these consequences because they shouldn’t be able to tell people who aren’t racist they are racist and just get away with it,” she added.

Last month, a report emerged that the Salvation Army was promoting racial essentialism by asking its white donors — and its white donors only — to essentially apologize for being white.

The charity was specifically directing white donors to certain “anti-racist” resources containing critical race theory propaganda about white people, including instructions on holding what one might describe as struggle sessions.

One of the resources reads as follows: “And as we engage in conversations about race and racism, we must keep in mind that sincere repentance and apologies are necessary if we want to move towards racial reconciliation. We recognize that it is a profound challenge to sit on the hot seat and listen with an open heart to the hurt and anger of the wounded. Yet, we are all hardwired to desire justice and fairness, so the need to receive a sincere apology is necessary.”

(Source: Salvation Army resource)

Despite the report emerging in late November, it turns out donors have been dropping off for months.

On Nov. 1st, for instance, Greg Koukl, a Christian radio show host, posted an open letter to the Salvation Army announcing his decision to stop donating. He attributed his decision to the previously mentioned “woke” resources.

“I recently became aware of your International Social Justice Commission material, ‘Let’s Talk about Racism.’ I read virtually every word of the material in every session and surveyed your bibliography. It rapidly became clear to me that TSA has fallen for critical race theory lock, stock, and barrel,” the letter reads.


An Open Letter to The Salvation Army

November 1, 2021

I’m sending this note to inform you that I am terminating my…

Posted by Greg Koukl on Monday, November 1, 2021

Speaking earlier on the “Fox News Primetime” segment Wednesday, Kira Davis of RedState added that she herself had spoken to a disgruntled former Salvation Army fan “a couple months ago.”

“I was talking to a young man just very recently, a couple months ago, who said he was raised in the Salvation Army church, which I didn’t even really consider that this is a church people go to,” she said.

“And he said he had recently left because it was getting too ‘woke.’ Those were his words. And I didn’t understand at the time. I was like, I wonder what that means. And now we see this, so it sounds to me like this has been percolating for a while,” Davis added.


Yet despite the losses, Salvation Army appears to be kind of doubling down.

Following last month’s reporting, the charity responded by allegedly withdrawing their resources for “appropriate review” and claiming they hadn’t gone woke, but turning around and issuing a statement doubling down on the need to fight back against alleged racism.

This week the president of Color Us United, a nonprofit that’s been instrumental in fighting back against “woke” ideology and promoting a “race-blind America,” reported that the charity’s internal survey on “racism within the Salvation Army” disproves their claim of having not gone “woke.”

“Going through the survey, it became apparent that the survey was attempting to lead me to making only one conclusion about The Salvation Army – that it harbored problematic racism. This belief is one of the core tenets of critical race theory. Critical race theorists teach that racism is ubiquitous in all aspects of American life,” Kenny Xu reported for The Daily Wire.

“They also teach that it works systemically; that is, by being ingrained in the systems and institutions that operate in society. Their primary evidence of the system being racist is the reality that individuals from different demographics have different life outcomes on average, without taking into account any variables that might impact said life outcomes apart from the color of their skin. All of these concepts are reflected in The Salvation Army’s survey,” he continued.


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