The rules of radical chic
In January 2019, I wrote in these pages about how the teachings of the radical Saul Alinsky of the 1960s were ubiquitous in school lesson plans in America, although students rarely knew or understood the connection to Alinsky himself. same. It’s hard not to notice that virtually the same phenomenon repeats itself with Critical Race Theory, the pseudo-Marxist brand of racial essentialism at the heart of the curriculum struggles between students (and their parents) and teachers.
Racial cooperation and color blindness have been replaced in many schools by a comprehensive assessment of the lives and experiences of students based solely on the color of their skin. Alinsky would be proud. Just attack opponents personally and professionally, he advised. Intimidate them, disorient them.
Welcome to 21st century politics, in which candlelight vigils and conventional political processes are trampled on by violent riots, intimidation and institutionalized divisions.
A movement of activists, politicians, CEOs, senior military officers, professors, journalists and ‘awakened’ teachers has grown from what we associate with classical civil rights leaders, which was a strategy of alternation. cooperation and confrontation. Now it’s all about confrontation all the time. Trading black civil rights leaders for white Alinskyst thugs is a downgrade not only for the left but for society as a whole.
The common theme, whether it is the CRT or Saul Alinsky or whatever form the next radical trend will take, is the left’s constant adherence to confrontational doctrines that accentuate and exaggerate identity conflicts. The difference, not the dignity.
And these chic ideologies always get a huge boost from the National Education Association. The NEA has praised and encouraged Alinsky’s writings for decades, and endorsed the teaching of critical race theory this month.
Union leaders want a nationwide education for a curriculum that tells non-white students they are powerless oppressed by white students. They want non-white children to believe that society was designed to ensure their failure and pass on success to people born white.
By planning an organized ‘struggle’ against opponents of critical race theory, as demanded by this month’s NEA resolution, the union is poised to openly obstruct and then replace the very concept of fairness. in classrooms, a fundamental tenet of education in American elementary schools.
The union’s support for critical race theory, in other words, is very much in character.
Alinsky’s book Rules for Radicals has given activists who hate America a sophomoric manual for sowing division. It continues today, even among those who learned the tactics indirectly and never heard of Alinsky and his rules. This is precisely what is happening with Critical Race Theory: a guide to dividing and humiliating students that incorporates all kinds of stunts and tactics that will be practiced by those who know little, if anything, about its ideological origins. and real intellectuals.
“Stroke the resentments of people in the community; stoke the latent hostilities of most people to the point of speaking out openly, ”implores Alinsky’s Rules. And, above all, “dress him in moral clothes.”
There is no room in Alinsky’s rules for unity, praise America, or praise for freedom. Instead, they justify exactly the kind of division we see in “funding the police,” violent riots masked by concerns for “racial justice,” a New York Times series that claims the country was founded. by slave masters in 1619, and a school curriculum that tells white children that they are oppressors of non-white children.
Since its founding in 1776, the United States has ended slavery, banned forced segregation in schools, ended “only for white” water fountains and other sickening Jim Crow laws, passed federal law. radical on civil rights, elected a black president and moved into the leadership of a country unified in character, although it still has a way to go to get there.
Long before parents discovered the proliferation of Critical Race Theory and similar programs in schools, Professor Nicholas Daniel Hartlep wrote an ideology assessment for the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.
“Color blindness and meritocratic rhetoric serve two main functions: first, it allows whites to consciously feel irresponsible for the difficulties that people of color face and encounter on a daily basis and, second, they also maintain the power and strongholds of whites in the world. within society, ”Hartlep wrote.
Children cannot be taught to strive for success while simultaneously telling them that a system of oppression will hold them back, no matter what they do.
Only time will tell which of the two opposing movements will prevail. Will society cling to the long-standing ethic that character matters most? Or will we see a pervasive acceptance of the ideology that factions of genetic identity should and always will define our country? Are we going to debate and learn from people of opposing ideas, or are we going to destroy their reputation and harm them personally and professionally with Alinsky-style tactics?
Alveda King, who grew up under the leadership of his uncle Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King, said critical race theory, Project 1619 and anything that divides people along racial lines goes against his uncle’s vision. . She believes these accounts would also offend her father, civil rights leader AD King, and her grandfather, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Sr.
“These men were all reverends and they taught Bible truth,” said Alveda King.
King learned from his elders that the basis of their family’s civil rights activism was Acts 17:26 of the King James Bible, which says that God “made all the nations of men with one blood to dwell on it. all the face of the earth, and determined the times ahead and the limits of their habitation.
“This verse helped my uncle say something we quote today: ‘We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.’ There is a race, and that is the human race, ”King said. “The preachers in my family have always understood that there is only one human race, and science proves it too. When we think that we are a distinct race and that there are distinct races, we are racists. “
Despite the largest educational institution in the country imposing a critical theory of race, despite violent race riots, despite Project 1619 and despite Alinsky’s insidious rules, King believes that the agenda of his uncle, father and his grandfather will prevail in the long run. She believes society will tire of dividing classrooms into “oppressor” and “oppressed” and return to children holding hands and thanking God for freedom.
She might be right. Across the country, black and white parents are rallying in school board meetings to demand an end to programs that say whites are oppressors and non-whites are oppressed.
The legislatures and public school boards of Idaho, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Florida have taken action to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory and Project 1619 in public schools. Other states and school boards are considering similar actions.
An Ipsos / USA Today poll in May found that only 18% of the public supported “defund the police”. A survey conducted a year ago by Braun Research found that nearly 60% of parents and almost 73% of school board members want schools to teach in the year 1776, not 1619, like the founding of the United States. United.
Black civil rights leader Bob Woodson reports that school boards across the country are embracing his 1776 United curriculum, an alternative to Critical Race Theory and Project 1619 in classrooms. The 1776 curriculum teaches the country’s history of slavery, segregation and all varieties of racism. Contrary to critical race theory, it avoids blaming today’s children for their skin color and pitting them against each other.
“The truth will rise again. Of course, the truth will win. Jesus has already won this on the cross, ”King said.
Wayne Laugesen is editor of the editorial pages of the Colorado Gazette.
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