Don Stratton: Is Critical Race Theory a Marxist Trojan horse?

By Don Stratton - Guest Columnist

Don Stratton

Don Stratton

We all know the story of the Trojan Horse, where the Greeks placed a large wooden horse outside the gates of Troy. The Trojans wheeled it into the gates of the city, only to find that soldiers were concealed in it, who then proceeded to conquer the city. The current drive to promote Critical Race Theory may be just such a vehicle — an impressive, positive-sounding theory, alleged to be a means of helping alleviate racism. In actuality, it is doing exactly the opposite.

A recent column in The Lima News appeared to be intended to downplay the possible impact of Critical Race Theory, referring to misplaced hysteria over it. That columnist’s views are refuted by many who have studied the subject.

On March 20, Christopher R. Rufo, founder and director of Battlefront, a public policy research center, gave a lecture at Hillsdale College. Rufo has done extensive studies of CRT, and in his speech, he gave a brief history of Marxism, which was originally based on class warfare, involving conflict in the balance of power between capitalists and workers. The idea was that revolution, in which the workers overthrew the capitalist class, took over the means of production and formed a new socialist society, was the only answer.

Rufo explained that Marxist theory eventually proved to be a failure in the several countries that tried it in the 20th century. But this did not deter American Marxist intellectuals. In the 1960s, realizing that America did not have a class system and mostly adhered to the theory that upward mobility was attainable by anyone who was willing to work for it, they came up with the idea that they could achieve the divisional intentions of Marxism by replacing class with race.

However, at about that same time, the civil rights movement began, and the thinking of a majority of people leaned towards equality and social justice as a means of unifying the population, so CRT was relegated to the back burner, to simmer until a more opportune time.

Rufo stated, “Critical Race Theory is an academic discipline, formulated in the 1990s, built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism. Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, over the past decade it has increasingly become the default ideology in our public institutions. It has been injected into government agencies, public school systems, teacher training programs, and corporate human resources departments in the form of diversity training programs, human resources models, public policy frameworks, and school curricula.”

There is little question that a significant portion of the population has no idea what Critical Race Theory is all about. There have been some partial explanations in the media, but most fail to mention either the basis for, or the origin of, this damaging concept that some school boards throughout the country are attempting, and frequently succeeding, to impose upon the curriculum of the public schools.

Rufo gave numerous examples of CRT being used in public schools. He stated, “In Philadelphia, an elementary school forced fifth-graders to celebrate ‘Black Communism’ and simulate a Black Power rally to free 1960s radical Angela Davis from prison, where she had once been held on charges of murder. And in Seattle, the school district told white teachers that they are guilty of ‘spirit murder’ against black children, and must bankrupt (their) privilege in acknowledgment of (their) thieved inheritance.”

Rufo also said, “In Cupertino, Calif., an elementary school forced first-graders to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities, and rank themselves according to their power and privilege.”

How can anyone believe that teaching white elementary students, most of whom in today’s society know little or no racial prejudice, that they are privileged and prejudiced, will do anything but worsen an already widening chasm of distrust between the black and the white population?

Critical Race Theory may very well be a Trojan horse, made to look good on the surface but with a devastatingly negative agenda hidden inside it. The proponents of the theory either don’t know, or more likely won’t admit, that it has a Marxist basis, and may actually be a means of trying to promote Marxism by sneaking it in the back door.

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By Don Stratton

Guest Columnist

Don Stratton is a retired inspector for the Lima Police Department. He writes a guest column for The Lima News, often focusing on police matters.

Don Stratton is a retired inspector for the Lima Police Department. He writes a guest column for The Lima News, often focusing on police matters.

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