Critical race theory is coming to your child’s school

September 16, 2021

Gordon Mullin

OPINION by GORDON MULLIN

You’ve heard about Critical Race Theory (CRT) before.  It migrated out from liberal law faculties over 20 years ago and is now well established on college campuses, especially in the arts.

It’s coming to our K-12 schools and parents should be aware of its divisive and destructive nature. If you’re white, soon your fifth-grade child may come home and tell you that you are a racist, our society is corrupt and your unearned privilege, e.g. wealth, should be redistributed to people of color as reparations.

CRT holds that American society should be viewed in groups based upon skin color and this group identity supersedes all others.

It claims that Whites are racist without knowing it and racism is ‘systemic,’ meaning it is embedded into our history and our national institutions, laws and economic system and remains so today. CRT claims we started as a white racist country with slavery at its heart and despite the Civil War with over 350,000 dead union soldiers who gave their lives to end the institution and with numerous current national and state laws outlawing discrimination, we remain so today.

CRT claims proof of this is because there are today, differences, quantified by wealth, income, health and other measures, in the outcome of groups. Further, these disparate outcomes are caused, not by the actions or attitudes of each group, but the inherent racism built into our society and institutions.

All are false or distorted claims.

It’s important to note that CRT and its cousins, the Black Lives Matter movement, and now, sadly the NAACP, all buy into this notion that we should be viewed only by our skin color.

CRT regretfully has forgotten Martin Luther King’s adage, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

Let’s consider CRT’s claims. First, America is a racist society. My questions is: compared to other countries, where does America rank? And, why consider only racism? Is it acceptable to hate others because of their religion, sex or ethnic background but unacceptable to hate by race? If so, why?

Of course there are people in the United States who are blatantly racist. We have 330 million people living here so it is easy to find these people, especially with 24/7 news and the internet.However, to compare, do we have, on a per capita basis, more or less racists than Mexico, Nigeria, China, Syria, France? Nowhere on any related CRT website does one find this question asked nor answered.

Further, most of the world would agree that America has more freedom than almost any other country. Witness the flow of immigrants on our southern border literally risking their lives to cross into America. They don’t view the United States as racist. What they see is freedom and opportunity.

CRT also claims that the case for endemic racism in the United States rests on the disparate outcomes between races. The preeminent economist on this topic is Thomas Sowell and he reminds us that “at no time in history and nowhere on the planet have two people’s measurable outcomes been the same.”

In America, to use just one of many measurements, if we lump all households into just four groups, the U.S. Census Bureau tells us the following about median incomes (2018): Asian, $87,243; White, $65,902; Hispanic, $51,404; Black, $43,892. Is this evidence of discrimination by Whites?

First, Whites clearly have done a bad job of discrimination against Asians. Recall we threw most of the Japanese living on the west coast of America at the start of WWII in concentration camps and took away their property and made their lives a misery for decades yet their median household income was $85,007 in 2019. Indian (i.e. Asian) Americans: $135,809 also somehow escaped White prejudice. Same for the Chinese, despite legal restrictions of all sorts imposed on them till the mid 20th century- $85,424.

How about Black Americans from African countries? Ghanaian, $69,021; Nigerian, $68,658. These immigrants from Africa are typically blacker than the Blacks who have been here for 200 years and are indistinguishable from those whose ancestors came during the 1700’s. How is it that they have had a better outcome?

In short, the above are just a few examples that indicate race is not a determining factor in outcome.

The base reasons for lower outcomes of American born Blacks are three major factors: single parent families, education and crime.

Here’s one of my favorite adages. If you are born into a two-parent home, finish high school, don’t get a criminal record, get married and stay married; you are practically guaranteed to join the middle class in America, which we should acknowledge, is the upper class in most of the world.

The claim that the Blacks in America suffer under the ‘legacy’ of slavery and discrimination is one of pure speculation. If you imagine that you, as a White person, continue to discriminate against those of a different color, stop doing that. And don’t let anyone tell you that you are unable to know whether you are doing so.

Perhaps the most destructive component of CRT is the notion that Blacks have no agency, no control over their own lives. It is a distorted belief system that feeds the concept of inability to progress with one’s life unless someone else acts differently.

Parents, imagine someone telling your child that they are a failure and will remain so until someone else acts in some ill-defined different manor. Would you not intervene and tell your child they can do anything they want, become anyone they want in America?

Critical race theory is a set of beliefs; somewhat akin to a religion. It’s not based on facts but conjectures. Yet it is gaining acceptance within our society and our schools and parents must gird themselves for a fight.

It’s coming to your child’s school. Do something. Act now.


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Bob Lyon

Gordon: What a load of garbage you’ve penned here; America from the very beginning thought that only white males of a certain financial status could be leaders, could make all the decisions for everyone else. Our forefathers were great men of vision, but most all of them were also hypocrites as well, writing that all men are created equal, while owning slaves at the very moment that was written. As our government pushed to expand ever westward, we displaced native Americans, often times murdering them, poisoning them (smallpox infected blankets), and confining them to small patches of the least desirable land areas calling them “reservations”. In the writing of the Bill of Rights, the Second Amendment was modified several times to appease the southern states so they could continue with their slave patrols that later developed in quite a few areas as “police departments”, and the tactics and laws written at the time were all about controlling slaves, and then later the freed slaves since it was assumed by most that people of color did not have the ability to think for themselves. CRT is nothing more then teaching the actual history of what slavery was to America, and how laws were written to keep whites in positions of power and wealth. Even in sleepy little ‘ole San Luis Obispo, there were conditions put on the sale of houses prohibiting black people from buying houses here well into the 50s and 60s. As a late sixties year old white male, I find myself attempting to understand why people like yourself feel so threatened by an examination of our country’s real history. I’m sure since this site has gone full on conservative leaning (at least in the comments and opinion sections) my words here will be downvoted continuously, but I ask every single white person clicking the “down” arrow, what are you so afraid of by having our history examined? Aren’t you enlightened enough to understand it’s okay to question the status quo, as long as you can be objective? But I guess that is one of the most difficult ideals to achieve for conservatives, objectivity. Have at it …


varian08

So the author wants ti hide the truh.i want my kids to learn how white men and religion actedt with native people and black people.

I am ot afraid to face consequenses.

Let take example on Germany.

This country adressed Nazism, taught why and how it happened

Germany apologized to the world and assumed holocaust.

I think most of german made peace with history.

Lets teach the dark side of our past.if we do not, nut cases will do it for us.Parents ,you had whole life to fix rascisme and did not succed.Trust our kids to be able to eliminate rascism, teach them the truth!


Petrobaron

Good piece, Mr. Mullin. Accurately portrays what CRT is all about. You hit a nerve, as shown by the venomously hateful comments you’ve received.