We must fight un-American race theories

Two decades of Howard Zinnification of the schools are bad enough; we can’t let CRT and the 1619 Project brainwash the next generation into thinking everything is about racism. It isn’t. CRT is founded on breathtakingly radical concepts that enjoy very little popular support, and stopping them from becoming dogma is one of the most vital tasks our culture faces. Black students should not be taught that they are permanently and irreversibly handicapped, and white students should not be taught that their skin color automatically makes them oppressors. People are individuals with agency, not mere representatives of demographic groups. Skin color should neither make you feel guilty nor make you feel scarred. CRT upends widely agreed-upon American templates: You can make something of yourself no matter where you came from, and you can fall pretty quickly from the heights, too. Who you were when you got started has very little to do with how you will turn out. But when it comes to the direction in which your background steers you, class obviously trumps race. It would be absurd to argue that Malia Obama grew up “oppressed” while J. D. Vance grew up “privileged.”

This isn’t a contrived political wedge issue meant to pump up the Republican Party’s fortunes; it’s an effort to stop utter madness from seizing control of public education. Anyone who opposes this blatantly racist indoctrination program will, of course, be tagged as a racist. But fear of being called nasty names shouldn’t prevent anyone from standing up for his principles. Fanatics backed only by small minorities have proven chillingly effective throughout history, and it is at least as true today as it was in 1919, when Yeats wrote: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”

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