Concerned parents across the country, from coast to coast, are coming out in droves to confront their children’s school boards about Critical Race Theory (CRT). Racism is an issue that Christians need to address, but CRT is a divisive, non-biblical solution. Throughout this email, you’ll find linked resources from trusted sources, including a number of other like-minded family policy council organizations around the world.
So, what exactly is Critical Race Theory (CRT)?
CRT is a general philosophy underpinned by the idea that racism is the result of an entrenched power struggle between collective groups and the societal structures surrounding them. Everything, therefore, be it a success, failure, societal positive or societal ill, is viewed through a racial lens and a viewpoint of oppression.
Skin color, according to CRT, is directly related to whether you are considered the oppressor or the oppressed.
If you are thinking this sounds familiar, it’s because it is: CRT runs parallel to Marxism. Marxist theorists from the early 20th century had to construct an explanation as to why the working class was not supporting the communist revolution en masse. Men like Wilhelm Reich and Erich Fromm developed “critical theory” which posits that the oppressors control society to such an extent that the oppressed believe the status quo is in their best interest. Thus, any denial that this oppressive system actually exists is interpreted as evidence that the denier is oppressed!
CRT simply took this framework and shifted the launching point from class to race.
In practice, what does CRT in our schools mean?
It means that through a “critical” lens, students are taught that the content of one’s character and individual talents, choices, or abilities do not matter – ultimately, the “system” dictates the successes and failures of its citizenry. In other words, consequences are due entirely to external factors, not individual, internal ones. It’s the exact opposite of what was taught by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
White people, according to CRT, by virtue of their skin color will always have more rights and opportunities than black people, and every single black person is inherently disadvantaged. All successes and failures are judged on the basis of skin color.
Because skin color dictates outcomes, according to CRT, the system must now “correct” this entrenched oppression by favoring people of color over white people. If you are thinking this sounds like racism, it is – and this racism is encouraged outright by critical race theorists like Ibram X. Kendi.
Kendi, author of How to Be an Antiracist, says, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.” Kendi also says capitalism and racism are “conjoined twins” – thus, America itself is inherently racist.
Even if your school board claims CRT is not actually being taught, you must push to find out what exactly is included in the curriculum. Schools shouldn’t be teaching our kids how to be racist.
To help protect our families and the future of this country, we have to understand the left’s tactics and terminology.
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