JAMES T. HOLLAND
We hear the concern about Critical Race Theory and the sneaky way it’s being introduced into school curriculums. It is a dishonest and deceptive, rewrite of history. It is a biased attempt to brainwash children. This bigoted theory attempts to divide Americans into oppressors and oppressed, where the oppressors are all white people and the oppressed are “people of color.”
I have a different theory, and it’s based on education. I believe that education is the bedrock of freedom and critical to America’s future. America’s founders were all extremely well educated and knew firsthand that an oppressive government destroyed freedom. They designed the “Constitution” to specifically prevent an oppressive government, with a goal of preserving freedom into perpetuity.
Sadly, America’s public education system has failed to teach a true history of America for several decades. As a result, a majority of Americans are unaware of the unique gift that was created by our Founding Fathers. The failure to teach history has left our young people easy prey for corrupt politicians, criminals, and the proponents of Critical Race Theory. There are hundreds of years of world history that serve as examples of why our system of government is the best in all of history. Of course it can be improved, and our founders provided for that too. Students would be surprised to know that slavery and racism have existed since the beginning of tribal warfare...for thousands of years. Even African tribes enslaved other tribes and sold African slaves to other countries. The good and bad of history should be taught without bias and without trying to manipulate thought.
Most people are unaware why Critical Race Theory is being taught. The Democratic Party needs the votes of “people of color” [non-whites] to achieve government power. If Democratic politicians really cared about “people of color,” they would guarantee safe streets in every neighborhood and that all children receive a world class education. Unfortunately, the socialist strategy of “identity politics” doesn’t permit the American Dream for “people of color” because these politicians need angry victims to obtain their votes. Teaching Critical Race Theory actually inflames racism...which is the real goal. Racism does exist, but 80 million white people voted for Barack Obama, which proves that systemic racism does not exist.
America became the greatest country in history because of two founding goals: First and foremost was the goal of individual freedom, and the second was the goal of limited government. The first goal unleashed powerful incentives for individuals to work hard, innovate, and achieve a standard of living that is the envy of the world. The second goal of limited government was intended to protect the freedom of the first goal.
The end of racism should be a goal of all Americans, and a world-class education is one of the solutions. Instead of racism, schools should focus on a basic curriculum that will prepare all students for success and the opportunity to pursue their American Dream.