Critical Race Theory is a Lie

The debate over Critical Race Theory continues to grow and seemingly grow in its contentiousness. I may be wrong, but I sincerely think most Americans would reject CRT if they only knew what it was. The fact is Critical Race Theory is a lie. And as was said by Adolph Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbells, people will believe any lie if it’s told often enough and loudly enough. That’s what’s happening today.

To dispute this lie lets start with what should be the first and most obvious aspect of CRT. It’s a theory! A theory isn’t fact. A theory is someone’s postulation, or opinion. It is unproven.

Basically, CRT says that the United State’s foundation was born of and maintained strictly on the basis of white supremacy. This would include the existence of slavery at the time of the founding of this country, but also include all institutions herein since all institutions were created by whites, i.e. the oppressors. All non-whites, blacks in particular, represent the oppressed.

At the time of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in 1789 five of the original 13 colonies banned slavery. By 1812 there were 18 states and those allowing slavery had balanced out, 9 were free, 9 allowed slaves. Maryland and Delaware (adopted home of Joe Biden) were the only non-Southern states that allowed slavery. It should also be pointed out that the huge majority of whites in the slave states didn’t own any slaves. Owning slaves was a “privilege” exclusively for the rich, which most Southerners were not. So, again, slave ownership was actually something only a tiny percentage of Americans engaged in. Does that sound like an entire nation built on white supremacy?

When the Civil War began, ostensibly over the issue of slavery, the number of free and slave states remained balanced. More than 600,000 Americans died in that war. More than 300,000 of them were white Union soldiers. At no time in world history has a nation of predominantly one race waged war to free a people made up entirely of another race, except in the United States Civil War.

Advocates of the Critical Race Theory continually point to the U.S. Constitution as proof of how the United States was a racist nation from the start. In particular they point to the clause therein that designates blacks as 3/5ths of a person. What the uneducated and willfully ignorant fail to understand is that the 3/5ths of a person clause was specifically intended to deter slavery and weaken its proponents. In order to form a more perfect union and get the Southern slave holding states to join with the Northern free states and ratify the Constitution compromises had to be agreed upon. So the North was willing to allow the South to keep its slaves, not without some heated debate at the Constitutional Convention. But the North didn’t want the South to use their slaves to their advantage when it came to Representation in Congress.

As we all should know the number of representatives each state is allocated for the U.S. House of Representatives is determined by population. Population is determined by the Constitutionally mandated 10 year Census. The more populous a state, the larger its representation in Congress. The North didn’t want slaves to count at all toward a Southern state’s Census count. They wanted the South weakened by diminished representation. The South had a problem. They allowed slavery based on the premise that blacks were not human and therefore not entitled to the equal protections under the law that a white person is entitled. But how could they claim such a horrible belief while asking that blacks count as people, equally with whites, in determining Congressional representation? So the 3/5ths of a person compromise clause was established. The North had succeeded in weakening the slave holding South while still establishing and maintaining the fragile union created by the Revolutionary War.

Of course after the Civil War and the ratification of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, Jim Crow laws permeated the South but also existed in many Northern states. Hell, unenforceable discriminatory laws still exist on the books in this author’s home state of Washington, to this day. Convenants in home developments all over Western Washington prohibit non-whites. Most of these were written in the 1940s and 50s and were simply ignored upon later becoming illegal. But they are still on the books.

But here’s the thing, and the reason I mentioned these abhorrent Covenants and Jim Crow, even if they are still on the books they are unenforceable, even if some low-life tried to enforce them, because other Americans, the majority of Americans found such racist discrimination unacceptable.

Critical Race Theory advocates want to point to our history, for the most part our distant history, to make the claim that we are a nation of white racist oppressors. What they fail to mention, intentionally I believe, is that it was mostly white people fighting and dying and debating and writing the laws and issuing the Supreme Court determinations that ended slavery and Jim Crow. These are Americans too. And the slave holders and the racists were and are today only a tiny minority of this country.

No nation in world history has freed more oppressed peoples, healed more sick people, fed more hungry people, and opposed more tyrants than the United States of America.

The United States is and has always been a majority white society. Though that is changing. But when a majority takes the extraordinary steps this country has taken to protect the rights of the minority, including writing such language into our Constitution, calling it a racist country and oppressive is historically inaccurate, and entirely ungrateful for the blessings bestowed upon all of our citizens and the world as a whole.

6 Comments

  1. This is the most ignorant and misinformed piece of writing that I’ve read in a long time. I mean it’s aggressively stupid. It’s also difficult to know where to start in dismantling this garbage. You don’t even correctly define Critical Race Theory.

    Critical race theory (CRT) is a body of legal scholarship and an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States that seeks to critically examine U.S. law as it intersects with issues of race in the U.S. and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice.

    If anyone were to believe an ounce of what you wrote, they would have to believe that race/racism has not played an integral role in shaping the laws of this country.

    And the patriotic bs about how beneficent this country as been is directly out of the “white people are the greatest things since Mayo on sliced bread” playbook.

    GTFOHWTBS and actually read the CRT text instead of relying on your ridiculous feelings that make you uncomfortable with this country’s history. Promise you won’t crumble dealing with the truth. Republican talking points are the actual lie. Wake up!

    • As is typical with those who share your point of view, bad-mouthing me and my writing contains no specifics about what I wrote that is wrong. If you care to actually offer any challenge to anything specific I’ve written I’ll be happy to respond.

      • I literally wrote why you’re wrong. You don’t even have an accurate definition of the theory and you’re calling it a lie. How did you miss that?

        Your summation of the Civil War is straight out of science fiction. To suggest that white people died for Black people in the Civil War is rich and an extraordinary stretch.

        Further, the whole premise that education should not be more critical of history is absurd. Who does maintaining the status quo help? But, that’s besides the point because that’s not even what CRT is about. It’s traditionally examined by scholars looking and policy and the law as it intersects with the impact of race in this country. And, yes slavery is a big part of that examination. To simply say, “well, all countries have a dirty past” is dismissive and small-minded.

        Once again, you’re being duped under the guise of some leftist boogeyman. There’s no way in hell that you would tell Jewish people to tamper down their examination of history or suggest that the holocaust was a lie. And, we shouldn’t! So, it’s beyond offensive to suggest that CRT is a lie considering Jim Crow laws, redlining, Black service people being denied home loans and even today Black homeowners facing disparate appraisals of their home simply because they’re Black.

        Why is it that white people like yourself always on the wrong side of history when it comes to civil rights and dismantling white supremacy? Instead of wasting your time misunderstanding CRT maybe do some work on actually understanding the theory and reading it versus being mislead by your Faux News and conservative outlets.

      • For your outrage to have any meaning at all you would have to prove CRT isn’t the biggest pile of crap that has ever come down, which it clearly is. I was soft peddling it. No one, not me or any opponents of CRT is saying that racism didn’t exist and exist today amongst very very few ignorant fools. But for CRT to have any validity you would have to prove that black people are oppressed today. In doing so you would also have to prove that black people are inferior and incapable. I don’t think you want to do that. I certainly don’t. You would also have to prove that white supremacy had any particular foothold in this country past the 1960s. As to your inaccurate representation about the Civil War and its purpose, once Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863 (15 months before the end of the war) there was no doubt the Civil War was about slavery, if there had been any doubt prior to that time. CRT teaches black people to hate white people. It teaches white children to hate themselves. Its a BS racist theory that has no place in true academic environments.

  2. I really can’t get over your level of ignorance. You’re calling a theory a lie, but you haven’t actually read any text or listened to any of the key players that do the work in the space. And, then you want me to refute your lie even though it’s based on some ridiculous thought in your head? A ridiculous thought that you got from someone else who hasn’t done the work either. This is the epitome of anti-intellectualism because all you have to do is the research and see that you’re wrong.

    Then, as a white man, you have declared the end of racism. Amazing! Thanks. I didn’t get the memo. It’s almost like Juneteenth all over again. To think racism was solved in the 60s, and there are just a few racists left to deal with. I guess America is perfect. The thing is white people never seem to think Black people have been oppressed—even when Black people were enslaved.

    Not to mention, Black people have continued to love this country despite having been killed just for being Black. So, Black people being weak—hell no! Imagine fighting for a country, but still being treated as a second class citizen. Oh, and Lincoln would have been just fine if ALL Black people moved to Africa. He was NOT an abolitionist. Stop believing the fairy tales. This is why history and scholarship is important.

    It seems to me that you’re suggesting that white people are simple-minded and weak if they are going to hate themselves by reframing America from a true historical perspective that disabuses us from the fantasy.

    I’m not going to continue this back and forth. I actually thought you were a well-read individual. But, you’re really just a guy that gets his knowledge from memes. You’re writing from pure ignorance and claiming to be informed.

    Whiteness is a helluva drug.

    • I don’t know where you get off thinking I have not read on CRT. I have. Numerous authoritative articles. It’s a lie!
      I’ve heard from you before Leon. And you strike me as a terrible racist. I don’t care if you don’t continue this.
      I have far more personal knowledge of this issue than you could ever dream that i would.
      I am well-read. But I am also well experienced.
      My advice is quit the hating. Accept responsibility for wherever you are in life. And move on.


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