CRITICAL RACE THEORY
NRP Apostolic Team Leader
Having just celebrated our anniversary of the national day of civil disobedience, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, I had to reflect on the bravery and courage of our founding fathers. Their stories and lives are ones of sacrifice--rejecting the status quo and thinking of the potential impact of their actions or silence. While these men and women were not perfect, together they embodied the greatest of human ideals and humanity. The fact that they are much forgotten and, even now, are being assaulted is not serving our future well.
Personally, I am a big fan of the Adams family--our second and sixth presidents. Their sheer intellect and integrity are impressive. It is often forgotten that John Adams defended the British soldiers of the Boston Massacre--not because he agreed with them in any way, but he understood that the law was being used against them in a prejudicial way. For this, he took a lot of heat from his fellow libertarians and future Americans. Yet he stood on principle and not only defended them, but he got them acquitted! Quite an amazing feat. This to me is a picture of moral and political integrity. This is the same integrity that he demonstrated as a president and as a foreign diplomat, and that his son, John Quincy Adams, also demonstrated—especially in his resistance to slavery. What we know now as the “gag order” was instituted to stop John Quincy Adams from talking about slavery every day on the Congressional floor. He was the only president to serve in Congress after being our president.
Today we must understand that the ideology of what is now called “Critical Race Theory” is undermining the foundation of all our good and excellent history (although not perfect). This is done while failing to produce any positive solutions to the shortcomings in our society that are still lingering. CRT teaches that instead of America’s founding and pro-generation being based on liberty, that the leaders intentionally curated institutions to create a slave state. Because of this false thinking, they insist our whole Constitution and application of it should be nullified and set aside. They are not looking for remedies. They are looking for a revolution that distorts our past and destroys our future.
These following quotes are taken from the Utah chapter of BLM in a post on July 4:
“When we black Americans see this flag, we know the person flying it is not safe to be around.”
“When we see this flag, we know the person flying it is a racist.”
“When we see this flag, we know the person flying it lives in a different America than we do.”
“When we see this flag, we question your intelligence.”
Criticism of failure can and should be redemptive and educational. For example, “Let’s look at this so we won’t commit or participate in any future prejudicial actions.” It should not be punitive on those who had no part in it. This is where the concept of white privilege comes from and the thought that perceived privilege must now be handed over or taken by force or government edict. This means apologizing for being white. Actually, it means apologizing for anyone who does not think like they do. Black Americans who dare to disagree with them are treated with more visceral than anyone else. They seem to forget that the majority of Americans trace their roots to great immigrations that happened well after the Civil War and slavery. And even if your distant forefathers were slave owners, the Bible says that children should not suffer for the sins of their fathers.
“Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not suffer the punishment for the father’s guilt?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has kept all My statutes and done them, he shall certainly live. The person who sins will die. A son will not suffer the punishment for the father’s guilt, nor will a father suffer the punishment for the son’s guilt; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself.”
We have seen many leaders line up to apologize for crimes they never committed, thinking their false remorse would be an olive branch. They soon found out it was instead kindling for the fire. The media has given the microphone to this ultimate victimization that is unapologetically based in Marxist ideology. This, simply put, is, “If I don’t have it, that means you took it from me.” This, while ignoring well-spoken anti-BLM people like Ben Carson, Ben Watson, and many others.
Listen closely and you will see the morality of the argument is missing. It is replaced by the materialistic concept of a level playing field. Instead of a man’s heart and character being his chief self-determining criteria, it is his position and material status that give him value.
Collective guilt is not a remedy. It actually lessens the guilt from any responsible parties. The cry of racism without evidence actually blurs the problem, thus blurring the solution. This, of course, in some cases is intentional. They know that by making everything a race issue, they are, in fact, creating animosity and tension, which their agenda requires.
There is another glaring omission in the present BLM /CRT indoctrination. You don’t hear much about Dr King. While imperfect in his life, his call that we “...be measured by the content of our character, not the color of our skin” has been soundly ignored. I highly recommend the reading of his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” to both challenge any complacent thinking and to highlight the lack of “moral justice” in their so-called “social justice.”
The heartbreak of this propaganda going forward is that of further victimization of those who need a voice the most by BLM leaders. They are essentially teaching that blacks are unequal and not up to the task and opportunities that are available to others. Therefore, they create a justification that demands compensation. Of course, they do not say it that clearly, but the conclusion is undeniable to those who listen closely. That is why many with the same skin color do not agree and do not want to be spoken for. The essence of the problem is culture, not color. (Read my article titled Culture, Color and Conduct from last summer HERE.) So, as we prepare to write the history of another year, let’s do so with the same type of integrity as John Adams had. And chiefly, let us remember whose image we are all made in and honor our King and bow at His throne.