Resist CRT mightily

Published 5:47 pm Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

The bias of The Smithfield Times was put on display with the June 23rd headline regarding the “debate” on Critical Race Theory (“Critical Race Theory debate comes home”). This debate is serious business and deserves a fair and balanced approach from our newspaper.

As I read the article, I noted that there was no substance given to the growing concerns about the encroachment of CRT. Instead, the quoted expert concluded, “It’s not that scary” and “I’m just not sure I see the link” when it comes to the connection between CRT and Marxism. I disagree.

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By doing the smallest amount of research, you will learn that the chief tenant of CRT is that America is a racist nation, founded on slavery and white supremacy. CRT activists claim that these issues are systemic and cannot be eradicated. Thus, America is an inherently evil nation that must be fixed.

To CRT proponents, all of the progress our country has made to end racism is just dust in the wind. It does not matter that America has fought hard to end its racist past and has instead focused on what unites us rather than what divides us. So, why is this movement so focused on race?

The goal of those who push CRT is to fundamentally transform our society through moral, economic and political revolution, and replace it with neo-Marxism. The focus on race is a tool they use to tear down American institutions. They oppose capitalism, religious freedom, free speech and objective truth.

They want to transform our schools and our history. They know to reach their goal they must divide and conquer, and have chosen the perfect storm of racial equity as a means to that end. Equity allows for the unequal distribution of resources to ensure that all can achieve the same outcome. As Karl Marx said in his Critique of the Gotha Program (1875), “From each according to his ability; To each according to his needs.”

Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, two leading proponents of CRT, put their goal into words: “Critical Race Theory questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and the neutral principles of constitutional law.”

Critical Race Theory has already found a home in many American institutions. It is a threat to our nation and we need to push back against it.


Minette Brooks