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Listen to Black Parents Furious With Critical Race Theory | Opinion

Newsweek logo Newsweek 6/21/2021 Barrington D. Martin II
a person standing in a room: STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 10: Third grade literacy instructor Katelyn Battinelli (L), speaks with students about their pandemic-related fears on the first day of in-person learning for five days per week at Stark Elementary School on March 10, 2021 in Stamford, Connecticut. A prep school teacher resigned from her position because the critical race theory taught at her school "promotes a hostile culture of conformity and fear." (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) © Photo by John Moore/Getty Images STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 10: Third grade literacy instructor Katelyn Battinelli (L), speaks with students about their pandemic-related fears on the first day of in-person learning for five days per week at Stark Elementary School on March 10, 2021 in Stamford, Connecticut. A prep school teacher resigned from her position because the critical race theory taught at her school "promotes a hostile culture of conformity and fear." (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

In a nation of hundreds of millions of people, each with their own thoughts, beliefs, and ideas, there will be those with ugly thoughts committing ugly deeds. Racial prejudice will to a certain degree never be truly eradicated. And yet, we have done an excellent job as a country in substantially minimizing these attitudes socially, and even ensuring racial prejudices are eliminated at an institutional level within government.

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Although we are not perfect, in regard to race and opinions about race, we are living in the best of times; our nation is not recognizable as the place where segregation ruled throughout the South as recently as the 1960s. And I should know, as a Black man who has lived his entire life in the South.

And yet, at a time when Americans have never been more united about the evils of slavery, Democrats are working overtime to keep race ideology alive and well.

Most recently, this life support for race ideology comes in the form of critical race theory, which aims to shine light on America's infamous history of racism. But the fact of the matter is, beyond what for some is a noble aim, critical race theory is big business, and it's provided valuable political capital to Democrats wishing to keep Black Americans believing in the omnipresence of racism.

Through CRT, we're already seeing the next generation of children being indoctrinated, though not through sensible reform or progressive policy. Lesson plans have been emerging which teach our children to see themselves through their skin tones and indoctrinating them to view history as well as American jurisprudence not as it is or was, but from a perspective that is centered strictly around their race.

But it's not just Democrats. The GOP are also complicit, because even though they don't support CRT, they are going about rejecting it in the wrong way, as they do with anything regarding race. Instead of making a clear case for why they are not racists, explaining how the smears are false, they seem to just ignore them, or hurl their own insults back.

What this means is that Black Americans have no party that represents them.

It's true that Black Americans vote overwhelming for Democrats, over 90 percent for almost sixty years in every national election. But what do we have to show for it? Not only have we not seen the kind of economic policy that would truly help our community, but there's an ideological mismatch, too: Many Black Americans have conservative ideals. We believe in hard work, family, Christian values, and self-reliance.

The primary reason for the overwhelming support that Black Americans give the Democratic Party is that many Black Americans believe that the GOP is the party of racists. And we believe that because people with a vested interest in our votes have made it their mission to make sure we do.

Race has always been the crown jewel used by Democrats to galvanize Black support. The Democrats constantly and consistently remind Black Americans that race is a barrier to their progress, and that they are the answer to this problem.


Video: Teacher fights back against critical race theory in viral video (FOX News)

But the GOP never takes the time to defend itself from these attacks. Republicans don't spend the time in our communities to show why they are the better political party to support. Therefore, the cycle of empty Democratic support continues, and Black Americans suffer.

Critical race theory is the latest iteration of this vicious cycle. Worse, it adds in an element of divisiveness that sets our kids up for failure. Black children will learn to resent white children based on history viewed through a racial lens, and white children will learn to dislike who they are or be resentful of being told their skin color makes them inherently tyrannical.

Last week, a concerned mother, Keisha King, demolished CRT during a Florida school board meeting, arguing that CRT is racist.

"Telling my child or any child that they are in a permanent oppressed status in America because they are black is racist, and saying that white people are automatically above me, my children, or any child is racist as well," King righteously pointed out. "This is not something that we can stand for in our country."

She was joined by another angry parent this week in a video that went viral making similar points.

These Black parents furious at what critical race theory are who you should be listening to, not Democratic operatives and their representatives on the mainstream media.

Both parties have failed Black Americans.

It's time for Black Americans to realize that their skin color is not a barrier to their progress. More importantly, they must begin to force both the Democrats as well as Republicans to earn their support.

Barrington D. Martin II is the founder of the United Alliance PAC and a former Congressional Candidate for the Fifth District of Georgia.

The views in this article are the writer's own.

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