The Trump administration cracked down on teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) to government employees in September.
President Trump was asked about this in the debate moderated by Chris Wallace. The President replied that Critical Race Theory is itself “racist” and that it “teaches people to hate our country.”
Democrat Joe Biden defended CRT. He made is sound like nothing more than an attempt to be sensitive to others. He managed to work in a personal dig at Trump , who might need the course, he implied. Mr. Biden said:
“It’s a little bit like how this guy and his friends looked down on so many people, they look down their nose on people like Irish Catholics like me and grew up in Scranton and looked down on people who don’t have money,” Biden said. “They look down on people who are of a different faith, they look down on people who are (a) different color.”
But Biden is wrong. CRT is a specific academic discipline that has spread from academia. It is not just a method of recognizing when we do something hurtful to another and remedying our offense. CRT seeks to completely overturn society.
Chris Rufo, who has done a magnificent job of covering CRT for City Journal, has a must-read column on this ideology in today’s Wall Street Journal (“The Truth about Critical Race Theory”). Rufo writes:
As I document in detailed reports for City Journal and the New York Post, critical race theory training sessions in public agencies have pushed a deeply ideological agenda that includes reducing people to a racial essence, segregating them, and judging them by their group identity rather than individual character, behavior and merit.
The examples are instructive. At a series of events at the Treasury Department and federal financial agencies, diversity trainer Howard Ross taught employees that America was “built on the backs of people who were enslaved” and that all white Americans are complicit in a system of white supremacy “by automatic response to the ways we’re taught.”
In accompanying documents, Mr. Ross argues that whites share an inborn oppressive streak. “Whiteness,” employees are told, “includes white privilege and white supremacy.” Consequently, whites “struggle to own their racism.” He instructs managers to conduct “listening sessions” in which black employees can speak about their experience and be “seen in their pain,” while white employees are instructed to “sit in the discomfort” and not “fill the silence with your own thoughts and feelings.” Members of “the group you’re allying with,” Mr. Ross says, are not “obligated to like you, thank you, feel sorry for you, or forgive you.” For training like this, Mr. Ross and his firm have been paid $5 million over 15 years, according to federal disclosures.
At the Sandia National Laboratories, which develops technology for America’s nuclear arsenal, executives held a racially segregated training session for white male employees. The three-day event, which was led by a company called White Men as Full Diversity Partners, set the goal of examining “white male culture” and making the employees take responsibility for their “white privilege,” “male privilege” and “heterosexual privilege.”
In one of the opening exercises, the instructors wrote on a whiteboard that “white male culture” can be associated with “white supremacists,” “KKK,” “Aryan Nation,” “MAGA hat” and “mass killings.” On the final day, the trainers asked employees to write letters to women and people of color. One participant apologized for his privilege and another pledged to “be a better ally.”
These sessions, as Rufo points out, aren’t mere sensitivity training. They amount to full-fledged indoctrination. If one hates the United States, as this training encourages, you will have sympathy with those who burn down cities and destroy people’s livelihoods. After all, if you buy CRT, the United States has it coming.