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Is pushback to critical race theory a new civil rights issue?

Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson recently fired shots against the new social studies curriculum in North Carolina that is oriented more towards critical race theory. Robinson’s comments, and the resulting backlash from a disgusting WRAL cartoon, have helped to highlight the issue statewide.

An interesting piece from The Daily Wire notes that a state lawmaker in New Hampshire has introduced a bill that would nix elements of critical race theory training in the state:

The bill, sponsored by state Representative Keith Ammon (R), would prohibit the state of New Hampshire from sponsoring “divisive concepts related to sex and race in state contracts, grants and training programs,” according to the text.

Ammon is quoted in the piece as defining critical race theory as “an ideology that is espoused by some people, and the root of the ideology is that the United States is fundamentally racist and founded in racism, and that people are born inherently oppressors, and that others are born to be inherently oppressed.”

I have no idea if the bill has any chance of passing. Of course, the whole notion of dividing races by one of inherent oppressors or victims is problematic. Those divisive tendencies have been expanding in universities, schools, and even parts of corporate America for some time.

I’ve been reading David Garrow’s Pulitzer Prize biography titled “Bearing the Cross: Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference” the last few weeks. Garrow’s a great writer and this summation of King’s worldview stood out to me: 

…that the human personality, i.e. all individuals persons, was the ultimate intrinsic value in the world. Some of King’s own attraction to that philosophy was rooted in one of its major corollaries: if the dignity and worth of all human personalities was the ultimate value in the world, racial segregation and discrimination were among the world’s ultimate evils.

It’s fascinating and discouraging that much of the culture today is abandoning these Christian ideals for a more Marxist understanding of race. When we divide and resegregate society through identity politics it only serves to elevate the ideologues towards ever-increasing utopian and dystopian schemes.

Ray Nothstine / Opinion Editor, Carolina Journal

Ray Nothstine is opinion editor at Carolina Journal. He previously served for over seven years as managing editor of Religion & Liberty, a publication of the Acton Institu...