You’ve likely heard the phrase “critical race theory” thrown around quite a bit lately, usually associated with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Frankly, I’m surprised that we are hearing about it so often. Critical race theory is a concept talked amongst Marxists openly, but they typically like to keep that idea under wraps for the general public. Giving something a name allows for identification, and while the hard-left would love you to experience the effects of what they do, they don’t want you to be able to identify what it is they’re doing, where the idea came from, or what their endgame is.
Critical race theory is the idea that there are irreconcilable differences between races due to inequalities that exist in our society. Unsurprisingly, there’s only one way to fix it, and you can probably guess what that is.
The idea of critical race theory is just a branch of critical theory, and recently National Review authors Lindsey Burke and Mike Gonzalez wrote about its origins:
Simply put, Critical Theory amounts to an unremitting attack on all of America’s norms and traditions. The goal is to replace them with a “counter-narrative” that will introduce a more leftist model of governing. Critical Theory is the main philosophical school in the identity politics of today.
The concept goes back to 1937, when the second director of Germany’s Frankfurt School, Max Horkheimer, published the school’s manifesto, “Traditional and Critical Theory.” This group of Marxist academics had started out in Frankfurt, but by 1937, they were safely ensconced at Columbia University, having fled the Third Reich.
Traditional theory, Horkheimer claimed, fetishized knowledge and objectivity. Critical theory, its opposite, held that there were no universal truths and man could not be objective. Instead of truths, there were competing narratives, and it was the job of the Left to impose its own. This relativism in itself was nothing less than an assault on Western civilization.
We see this dynamic in its starkest form in the New York Times’ 1619 Project, which attempts to replace 1776 and the “All Men Are Created Equal” ethos of America with 1619, the year slaves were first brought to what is today the United States. It puts slavery, not the ideal of equality, at the center of our nation’s storyline.
The project began as a series of articles in the New York Times Magazine but is now also a curriculum being used in some 4,500 classrooms across the country.
All critical theory roads lead to Marxist systems, including critical race theory. No matter what the problem is, the answer is Marxism.
The spread of the theory is easy to track. The Frankfurt School has a time-honored tradition of placing themselves in positions of importance within Universities. These professors teach students who go on to teach students who, in turn, go on to teach students.
Next thing you know, you have young people dressing in black and wearing masks, as they burn down businesses, destroy property, and assault and kill people in the streets just for being a political opponent. These students also spread into the media, where they become MSNBC and CNN anchors or New York Times editors. They go into politics, where they become failed 2016 presidential candidates or successful New York congresswomen. They become actors, producers, and musicians.
Critical theory acts more like an infection than it does a theory.
For this election, critical theory, specifically critical race theory, has taken center stage. We’re told that America has a supremely racist past and that all its accomplishments only happened because of the blood, sweat, and tears of slaves brought from Africa.
It’s undeniable that slavery was a part of American history and had some effect on its progression, but to say that it’s the crux of its success is patently absurd. We may as well say that America’s part in beating back the Nazi threat or going to the moon was all thanks to slavery.
Men fought and died to end slavery, and fought the left again in order to give the black population in American equal rights. America worked from day one to make sure slavery would one day meet its end, and that all men would be treated equally as America’s founding ideal entailed.
The unbelievable story that is America is a story of a nation whose contributions to the world far outweigh its sins, but the Marxists who wish to bring the successful system that America bases itself on crashing to the ground so they can implement a more socialistic or communistic one would have you believe that America is nothing but its sins.
It’s been highly successful on that front, but not successful enough thus far. We’ll see how far they’ve come after this election.