The new push in our education system is the implementation of a woke curriculum based on a foundation of critical race theory (CRT). According to CRT, race is a “socially constructed (culturally invented) category that is used to oppress and exploit people of color” (Britannica). Those who espouse the theory believe that our “law and legal institutions in the United States are inherently racist insofar as they function to create and maintain social, economic, and political inequalities between whites and nonwhites” (Britannica). They believe, and hence, promote, the theory that racism is not a peculiarity, but rather a fundamental part of American society. In fact, the entire American system was built to maintain white supremacy and keep people of color subservient, inferior, and oppressed. CRT is a Marxist agenda that views everything through a lens of prejudice, discrimination, and racial oppression. So, our children are now being taught in schools that being white is being an oppressor and being black is being a victim, and the color of their skin determines who they are, how they think, and how they act.
President Biden has suddenly, after nearly half a century as a more moderate, realistic senator, and even a segregationist, become a woke warrior. He appointed a proponent of anti-American school curriculum, Miguel Cardona, who actually insisted on hiring woke teachers when he was Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, to be his Secretary of Education. The Biden administration is establishing grants for teaching American History and Civics that give preference to school districts that “incorporate racially, ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse perspectives” (NY Post). What does that mean? It means, as they have stated, that this administration supports incorporating the 1619 Project and Ibram Kendi’s anti-racism curricula into our K-12 education programs. In other words, the administration promotes the teaching of anti-American narratives in history and civics classes, promoting theories that discredit July 4, 1776 as our nation’s founding, view everything through the lens of race, and indoctrinate children into the worldview that America was founded as, has existed as, and will always be an inherently racist land of discrimination, oppression, imperialism, and genocide. Is this what you want your children learning?
The American republic was founded as a land of equal opportunity, and although this was not the case early in our history, this remains a core concept of the American system. We are all equal under the law, we should all have the same access to opportunities and resources, and we all have the power of self-determination to make the most of our lives. This is not true in CRT, because those who support this openly racist theory do not believe in equality of opportunity… that is not enough; they desire equal outcomes. To proponents of CRT, everything is and should be tied to skin color, and not to effort, work ethic, and achievement. According to CRT, the way one thinks, and acts, is dependent on his or her skin color; there are no individuals, just blacks and whites, one is either an oppressor or a victim. Those who believe in CRT actually believe that all whites are complicit in white supremacy, and whiteness is a state of racism. According to them, if you are white, you have to be racist. You can’t help it.
Is this kind of thinking something that should be taught in our schools, to even our youngest of children? Should our young Americans be learning that the color of one’s skin determines how they think, and that it is only the color of one’s skin that will determine their outcome in life? We have white children who are being taught to hate themselves simply because they were born white, that that they are racist and oppressors because of the color of their skin. Many are forced to admit to being racist and forced to apologize for the oppression of people of color. How does such a theory help black children to excel if they are taught that they are perpetual victims of white oppression and that the system is rigged against them, as though they are helpless to determine their own destiny? Why care and why try? Our children are being taught that whites are naturally racist and discriminate both consciously and subconsciously, while people of color are incapable of the same bias and discrimination. The actual assertion that if one is not black or brown (in other words, if one is white), and has not experienced racism from that person of color perspective, then one has no right to claim to be non-racist. In CRT, melanin is the key to being a good person, and the less one has, the more racist they must be.
Proponents of critical race theory do nothing to heal racial divisions and unite the American people. They actually further divisions, deepen resentments, sharpen biases, increase discrimination, and promote a festering hatred between individuals with different skin colors. By indoctrinating our youth into such a belief system, the leftists are establishing a woke youth corps, radicalizing young Americans to believe in Marxist teachings and hate their country, with the goal of overwhelming the American system with neo-Marxist activists in the future. This is not about education; it is clearly indoctrination. It is not about what is best for America’s future; it is about the future destruction of the American system. The most terrifying aspect of the CRT intrusion into the American education system is that the Biden administration is knowingly, willingly, and enthusiastically promoting a framework that disparages the United States, distorts our history, condemns an entire race, and divides the American people. They are purposely endorsing theoretical underpinnings that will weaken the republic and eventually destroy the American nation.
What should our children be learning? First and foremost, they should be learning the truth about our national heritage and the history of the American republic, unbiased and based on fact. They can be taught of the ills of slavery and the racial wrongs of our past in a context that also affords them the opportunity to understand that for over two centuries our nation has worked to overcome those sins and establish a land of racial equality. They should be taught that despite racist history in our past and the existence of racist clusters today, Americans are not an inherently racist people and our nation is not systemically racist. We have racial incidents, but we deal with them. Such instances are not broadly supported by the American people and we work to hold perpetrators of race-inspired discrimination and violence accountable. How about we teach them that we are all members of the same race, the human race. We are all members of the same great nationality; we are Americans. They should be growing up learning that our similarities are much more important and much more powerful than our differences, and that the color of one’s skin does not determine anything about how they think, speak, or act. They control who they are, how they interact with others, what they believe… and their future is not predetermined because of the color of the skin, but it is theirs to determine. We should be bringing them together, learning to not only coexist, but to cooperate, and collaborate, and actually succeed together. If the so-called “anti-racists” truly want to end racism and create the society that Martin Luther King, Jr. sought and died for, then they should end the racist indoctrination of our youth and support pro-American curricula in our schools. The president, himself, should be leading that charge.