To the editor:
In recent opinions in this paper there has been a lot of discussion about equity and race-based posters in schools and calls for more. These topics are just two tenets of critical race theory, but what is CRT?
To answer this, I referred to Christopher Rufo, who has done extensive research on the topic. In his lectures, he defines CRT as “an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990s, built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism.” Initially Marxists built their theory around class conflict between capitalists and workers with eventual overthrow of capitalists. This did not take hold in countries with large middle classes or improving living standards. Thus, they “sought to create a revolutionary coalition of the dispossessed based on racial and ethnic categories” taught as “critical race theory.”
Rufo identifies a series of euphemisms deployed by its supporters to describe CRT, including “equity,” “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion,” and “culturally responsive teaching.” Many of these terms are innocuous and nonthreatening. After all, “neo-Marxism” would be a hard sell to most Americans. The term “equity” sounds nonthreatening and similar to “equality,” but is the antithesis of “equality.” Within the context of CRT, it is the race-based process of distribution of wealth, position, power, even property. Quite the opposite of the American principle of equality.
Once we get beyond the nonthreatening euphemisms, the real problem comes with the implementation of the theory. In Rufo’s words: “Critical race theorists must be confronted with and forced to speak to the facts. Do they support public schools separating first-graders into groups of ‘oppressors’ and ‘oppressed’? Do they support mandatory curricula teaching that ‘all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism’? Do they support public schools instructing white parents to become ‘white traitors’ and advocate for ‘white abolition’? ”
We need to ask ourselves if we want our children pitted against one another based on race. The more time spent on Marxist indoctrination means less time spent on the topics that enable them to be successful in life or rise up out of poverty.