Many of us accept the premise of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr — “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.” We watched our children make friends based on who likes to play the same things, who lives near-by, or simply who is “FUN”. We, ourselves have friends and/or co-workers of various ethnic backgrounds, and so it felt like the “Dream” was coming true.
That was a few years ago. This is NOW. We hear that our schools are teaching students to be racist in the name of anti-racism. The “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)” or “Critical race theory (CRT)” philosophy starts with a false premise — that people are treated based on their identity group and that ALL white men are “inherently privileged”. In my opinion, this is wrong! Children are not naturally racist— that is something that must be learned.
Public Comment on CRT
Naperville 203 Board Meeting 7/12/2021, public comments start around 4:30. At 7:45 is an excellent speaker talking about Critical Race Theory (CRT) youtu.be/egiL1ucW37w?t=461
What is “Critical race theory” (CRT)?
CRT teaches students three core ideas:
1. There is no absolute truth—It sees “lived experiences” as mattering more than facts.
2. Individuals are either an oppressor or victim. You are predetermined by immutable characteristics such as race or gender to fall into either category. A central tenet of CRT is that white people are “inherently privileged” while black people are “inherently oppressed”.
3. America is (and has been since its founding) systemically racist and must be dismantled.
CRT is a Marxist idea. When Americans could not be divided (& concurred) using class envy—because Americans have hope with the existing social structures—the Marxists decided to divide the US based on race.