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College President Defends Critical Race Theory by Comparing it to Communism

College President Defends Critical Race Theory by Comparing it to Communism

“open letter commemorating Juneteenth that also voiced support for Critical Race Theory”

He is right to compare Critical Race Theory to communism, but not in the way he thinks.

Campus Reform reports:

College President: ‘Critical Race Theory is the new Communism’

Dr. Elliot Stern, president of Saddleback College, a public community college in California, issued an open letter commemorating Juneteenth that also voiced support for Critical Race Theory.

Amid thoughtful comments on the historical significance of Juneteenth and the importance of commemorating Emancipation, Stern equated the ongoing backlash against Critical Race Theory to the “Red Scare” of the 1950s:

“Politicians create bogeymen of scholars of race study and are passing laws to prevent schools from teaching widely acclaimed scholarship,” he wrote. “Critical Race Theory is the new Communism.”

If Critical Race Theory is “widely acclaimed scholarship,” as the letter argues, it is also widely criticized scholarship. The New York Times’ 1619 Project, a text often used to teach Critical Race Theory, has been criticized by academics for including apparent historical falsehoods.

Additionally, Campus Reform reported yesterday that “a survivor of Mao Zedong’s Communist regime told her school board that the tactics behind Critical Race Theory seem ‘very familiar.’”

Campus Reform is tracking state bills and laws that block Critical Race Theory, and not a single one bans the teaching of history of race in the United States. Few bills mention Critical Race Theory by name, but instead stipulate that no student may be made to feel superior or inferior to another on the basis of race or sex.

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henrybowman | June 20, 2021 at 7:25 pm

“Critical Race Theory is the new Communism.”

Critical Race Theory is the old Communism, with new syphilis makeup.

The difference is that in the 1950s, academia was allowed to debate the pros and cons of Communism and to test its claims with research. The present day advocacy of Critical Race Theory uses threat of cancellation to silence all criticism. There is no research to document that CRT is a good explanation of society nor is there research to document that CRT is an effective way to produce a more tolerant and welcoming community.

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