Critical Thinking Must Replace Critical Race Theory
CRT promotes conflict instigation instead of conflict resolution.
It is becoming all-too apparent that proponents of Critical Race Theory seek the demise of our great Republic. They are using the age-old “divide and conquer” strategy to turn Americans against one another, seeking to instigate conflict and violence to undermine our peaceful society.
There are no winners with this strategy in place -- only victims. (I addressed this threat in an earlier article, Radical Democrats Have Become 'Adversaries of Freedom.')
Racism is defined as:
Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism by an individual, community, or institution against a person or people on the basis of their membership in a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized -- the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another.
Racism is racism, and no matter who bears the brunt of it, is wrong-headed and dangerous. It is inherently and supremely unfair and leads all people, of all races, down a dangerous path of resentment and hostility that likely will ultimately result in violence. Critical Race Theory, or CRT, actually promotes racism.
The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States begins with this eloquent paragraph:
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."
The point is that since its founding the United States has labored mightily to achieve progress in many areas to erase barriers to success and happiness for all Americans. Hard-fought Civil Rights Laws were enacted in the quest of forming that “more perfect union.”
American children should be taught history that honestly addresses all aspects of the history of our nation -- including the struggles to overcome injustice, that should serve to encourage students to celebrate how far we have come and how positive change is always possible. Those lessons would be inspirational and provide an optimistic viewpoint.
Children should also be taught productive ways to achieve conflict resolution instead of the conflict instigation that is the clear goal of CRT.
Anti-American Critical Race Theory seeks to erase these achievements and turn Americans against one another. Its proponents, for example, push for “social justice” through the “Defund the Police" movement and, in the name of “criminal justice reform,” promote “cashless bail” that has resulted in the release of violent criminals who simply attack, injure and kill more victims.
As an INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) Special Agent I frequently testified at bail hearings in state court as well as in federal court. In some instances the federal prosecutors called on me to make the bail presentation because of my familiarity with the defendant who was being charged in criminal proceedings. The issue of bail should rest on only two issues: whether or not the defendant is likely to show up in court in the future or abscond and become a fugitive; and if the defendant poses a threat to public safety.
Illegal aliens who have no community ties, and who have used multiple false identities should be considered “flight risk.” You could add to this the fact that the alien in question would be facing deportation (removal from the United States) after completion of the imposed prison sentence, if found guilty of his or her criminal charges.
The issue of danger to public safety does not require a crystal ball. Any individual who has prior arrests for violent crimes and/or crimes involving weapons demonstrates the risk they pose to the safety of the community.
We measure the civility of a society by how it looks out for the most vulnerable members of that society. Turning sociopathic criminals loose, resulting in violent attacks on innocent victims, including children, flies in the face of that notion of protecting the most vulnerable.
When I was growing up my parents always told me to seek to find common ground with others, particularly if I had an argument with a classmate or friend. They suggested that I turn the situation around and ask myself how I would feel if whatever it was I said or did that upset the other person was done to me.
That ability to metaphorically stand in my friends’ shoes has served me well throughout my life. Although my parents died when I was in college, I like to say that I am still standing on their shoulders, each and every day.
Let us for a moment ask how turning criminals loose on society constitutes any sort of justice. Let us also pose a question I have never heard asked -- what sort of social justice is it that does not address a fundamental question: what is our society doing to prevent children from growing up to become societal scavengers and career criminals?
When teenagers are asked about their dreams for their future many will talk about jobs or professions that they hope to have when they perhaps graduate from college. They may talk about owning a home or having kids of their own.
But children who get sucked into gangs or depend on criminal activities don’t have long-term goals -- their concerns about the future likely do not extend beyond the next day or two.
Many of these children are functionally illiterate. Many come from broken homes and may have become addicted to illegal drugs and by the time they are in their teens they are well on their way to becoming career criminals. Not exactly a “career” anyone should aspire to.
They are likely to blame others for the situation in which they find themselves, fueled by the victimization narrative pedaled as Critical Race Theory. This does not empower anyone to strive for success.
Further exacerbating this nightmare are our open borders that, thanks to President Biden, are flooding huge numbers of transnational gang members into our country who have been dispersed across our country, posing a threat to ethnic immigrant communities and the children, in particular, who live in those communities.
Our open borders have also enabled record quantities of deadly narcotics to flood into our communities causing unprecedented overdose fatalities and increasing crimes associated with the drug trade.
Meanwhile the proceeds from the drug trade fill the coffers of transnational gangs. Even terrorist organizations have come to work with drug- and alien smugglers to fund terrorism and move sleeper agents into the United States (consider my article, "Iran Threatens U.S. And Its Allies With “Drugs, Refugees, Bombs And Assassination”).
The point is that those who profess to seek “Social Justice” by releasing violent criminals never seem to want to talk about creating an environment that is less likely to result in youngsters becoming criminals, but that instead produces children who can dream of success and then have a real likelihood of attaining that success.
Social Justice in general, and Critical Race Theory in particular, are not about justice or even about helping any racial group, but about the destruction of our society through record levels of violence and carnage.