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Critical Race Theory: What It Is and How to Fight It

 • Volume 50, Number 3 • Christopher F. Rufo


Christopher F. Rufo is founder and director of Battlefront, a public policy research center. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and a former Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. As executive director at the Documentary Foundation, he has directed four films for PBS, including most recently America Lost, which explores life in Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California. He is also a contributing editor of City Journal, where he covers topics including critical race theory, homelessness, addiction, and crime.


The following is adapted from a lecture delivered at Hillsdale College on March 30, 2021.

Critical race theory is fast becoming America’s new institutional orthodoxy. Yet most Americans have never heard of it—and of those who have, many don’t understand it. It’s time for this to change. We need to know what it is so we can know how to fight it.

In explaining critical race theory, it helps to begin with a brief history of Marxism. Originally, the Marxist Left built its political program on the theory of class conflict. Marx believed that the primary characteristic of industrial societies was the imbalance of power between capitalists and workers. The solution to that imbalance, according to Marx, was revolution: the workers would eventually gain consciousness of their plight, seize the means of production, overthrow the capitalist class, and usher in a new socialist society.

During the 20th century, a number of regimes underwent Marxist-style revolutions, and each ended in disaster. Socialist governments in the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia, Cuba, and elsewhere racked up a body count of nearly 100 million of their own people. They are remembered for their gulags, show trials, executions, and mass starvations. In practice, Marx’s ideas unleashed man’s darkest brutalities.

By the mid-1960s, Marxist intellectuals in the West had begun to acknowledge these failures. They recoiled at revelations of Soviet atrocities and came to realize that workers’ revolutions would never occur in Western Europe or the United States, where there were large middle classes and rapidly improving standards of living. Americans in particular had never developed a sense of class consciousness or class division. Most Americans believed in the American dream—the idea that they could transcend their origins through education, hard work, and good citizenship.

But rather than abandon their Leftist political project, Marxist scholars in the West simply adapted their revolutionary theory to the social and racial unrest of the 1960s. Abandoning Marx’s economic dialectic of capitalists and workers, they substituted race for class and sought to create a revolutionary coalition of the dispossessed based on racial and ethnic categories.

Fortunately, the early proponents of this revolutionary coalition in the U.S. lost out in the 1960s to the civil rights movement, which sought instead the fulfillment of the American promise of freedom and equality under the law. Americans preferred the idea of improving their country to that of overthrowing it. The vision of Martin Luther King, Jr., President Johnson’s pursuit of the Great Society, and the restoration of law and order promised by President Nixon in his 1968 campaign defined the post-1960s American political consensus. 

But the radical Left has proved resilient and enduring—which is where critical race theory comes in. 

WHAT IT IS

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 modules, public policy frameworks, and school curricula.

There are a series of euphemisms deployed by its supporters to describe critical race theory, including “equity,” “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion,” and “culturally responsive teaching.” Critical race theorists, masters of language construction, realize that “neo-Marxism” would be a hard sell. Equity, on the other hand, sounds non-threatening and is easily confused with the American principle of equality. But the distinction is vast and important. Indeed, equality—the principle proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence, defended in the Civil War, and codified into law with the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965—is explicitly rejected by critical race theorists. To them, equality represents “mere nondiscrimination” and provides “camouflage” for white supremacy, patriarchy, and oppression. 

In contrast to equality, equity as defined and promoted by critical race theorists is little more than reformulated Marxism. In the name of equity, UCLA Law Professor and critical race theorist Cheryl Harris has proposed suspending private property rights, seizing land and wealth and redistributing them along racial lines. Critical race guru Ibram X. Kendi, who directs the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University, has proposed the creation of a federal Department of Antiracism. This department would be independent of (i.e., unaccountable to) the elected branches of government, and would have the power to nullify, veto, or abolish any law at any level of government and curtail the speech of political leaders and others who are deemed insufficiently “antiracist.” 

One practical result of the creation of such a department would be the overthrow of capitalism, since according to Kendi, “In order to truly be antiracist, you also have to truly be anti-capitalist.” In other words, identity is the means and Marxism is the end.

An equity-based form of government would mean the end not only of private property, but also of individual rights, equality under the law, federalism, and freedom of speech. These would be replaced by race-based redistribution of wealth, group-based rights, active discrimination, and omnipotent bureaucratic authority. Historically, the accusation of “anti-Americanism” has been overused. But in this case, it’s not a matter of interpretation—critical race theory prescribes a revolutionary program that would overturn the principles of the Declaration and destroy the remaining structure of the Constitution. 

HOW IT WORKS

What does critical race theory look like in practice? Last year, I authored a series of reports focused on critical race theory in the federal government. The FBI was holding workshops on intersectionality theory. The Department of Homeland Security was telling white employees they were committing “microinequities” and had been “socialized into oppressor roles.” The Treasury Department held a training session telling staff members that “virtually all white people contribute to racism” and that they must convert “everyone in the federal government” to the ideology of “antiracism.” And the Sandia National Laboratories, which designs America’s nuclear arsenal, sent white male executives to a three-day reeducation camp, where they were told that “white male culture” was analogous to the “KKK,” “white supremacists,” and “mass killings.” The executives were then forced to renounce their “white male privilege” and write letters of apology to fictitious women and people of color. 

This year, I produced another series of reports focused on critical race theory in education. In Cupertino, California, an elementary school forced first-graders to deconstruct their racial and sexual identities, and rank themselves according to their “power and privilege.” In Springfield, Missouri, a middle school forced teachers to locate themselves on an “oppression matrix,” based on the idea that straight, white, English-speaking, Christian males are members of the oppressor class and must atone for their privilege and “covert white supremacy.” 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 acknowledgement of [their] thieved inheritance.”

I’m just one investigative journalist, but I’ve developed a database of more than 1,000 of these stories. When I say that critical race theory is becoming the operating ideology of our public institutions, it is not an exaggeration—from the universities to bureaucracies to k-12 school systems, critical race theory has permeated the collective intelligence and decision-making process of American government, with no sign of slowing down.

This is a revolutionary change. When originally established, these government institutions were presented as neutral, technocratic, and oriented towards broadly-held perceptions of the public good. Today, under the increasing sway of critical race theory and related ideologies, they are being turned against the American people. This isn’t limited to the permanent bureaucracy in Washington, D.C., but is true as well of institutions in the states, even in red states, and it is spreading to county public health departments, small Midwestern school districts, and more. This ideology will not stop until it has devoured all of our institutions. 

FUTILE RESISTANCE

Thus far, attempts to halt the encroachment of critical race theory have been ineffective. There are a number of reasons for this.

First, too many Americans have developed an acute fear of speaking up about social and political issues, especially those involving race. According to a recent Gallup poll, 77 percent of conservatives are afraid to share their political beliefs publicly. Worried about getting mobbed on social media, fired from their jobs, or worse, they remain quiet, largely ceding the public debate to those pushing these anti-American ideologies. Consequently, the institutions themselves become monocultures: dogmatic, suspicious, and hostile to a diversity of opinion. Conservatives in both the federal government and public school systems have told me that their “equity and inclusion” departments serve as political offices, searching for and stamping out any dissent from the official orthodoxy.

Second, critical race theorists have constructed their argument like a mousetrap. Disagreement with their program becomes irrefutable evidence of a dissenter’s “white fragility,” “unconscious bias,” or “internalized white supremacy.” I’ve seen this projection of false consciousness on their opponents play out dozens of times in my reporting. Diversity trainers will make an outrageous claim—such as “all whites are intrinsically oppressors” or “white teachers are guilty of spirit murdering black children”—and then when confronted with disagreement, they adopt a patronizing tone and explain that participants who feel “defensiveness” or “anger” are reacting out of guilt and shame. Dissenters are instructed to remain silent, “lean into the discomfort,” and accept their “complicity in white supremacy.” 

Third, Americans across the political spectrum have failed to separate the premise of critical race theory from its conclusion. Its premise—that American history includes slavery and other injustices, and that we should examine and learn from that history—is undeniable. But its revolutionary conclusion—that America was founded on and defined by racism and that our founding principles, our Constitution, and our way of life should be overthrown—does not rightly, much less necessarily, follow. 

Fourth and finally, the writers and activists who have had the courage to speak out against critical race theory have tended to address it on the theoretical level, pointing out the theory’s logical contradictions and dishonest account of history. These criticisms are worthy and good, but they move the debate into the academic realm, which is friendly terrain for proponents of critical race theory. They fail to force defenders of this revolutionary ideology to defend the practical consequences of their ideas in the realm of politics.

POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT

No longer simply an academic matter, critical race theory has become a tool of political power. To borrow a phrase from the Marxist theoretician Antonio Gramsci, it is fast achieving “cultural hegemony” in America’s public institutions. More and more, it is driving the vast machinery of the state and society. If we want to succeed in opposing it, we must address it politically at every level. 

Critical race theorists must be confronted with and forced to speak to the facts. Do they support public schools separating first-graders into groups of “oppressors” and “oppressed”? Do they support mandatory curricula teaching that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism”? Do they support public schools instructing white parents to become “white traitors” and advocate for “white abolition”? Do they want those who work in government to be required to undergo this kind of reeducation? How about managers and workers in corporate America? How about the men and women in our military? How about every one of us?

There are three parts to a successful strategy to defeat the forces of critical race theory: governmental action, grassroots mobilization, and an appeal to principle.

We already see examples of governmental action. Last year, one of my reports led President Trump to issue an executive order banning critical race theory-based training programs in the federal government. President Biden rescinded this order on his first day in office, but it provides a model for governors and municipal leaders to follow. This year, several state legislatures have introduced bills to achieve the same goal: preventing public institutions from conducting programs that stereotype, scapegoat, or demean people on the basis of race. And I have organized a coalition of attorneys to file lawsuits against schools and government agencies that impose critical race theory-based programs on grounds of the First Amendment (which protects citizens from compelled speech), the Fourteenth Amendment (which provides equal protection under the law), and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (which prohibits public institutions from discriminating on the basis of race).

On the grassroots level, a multiracial and bipartisan coalition is emerging to do battle against critical race theory. Parents are mobilizing against racially divisive curricula in public schools and employees are increasingly speaking out against Orwellian reeducation in the workplace. When they see what is happening, Americans are naturally outraged that critical race theory promotes three ideas—race essentialism, collective guilt, and neo-segregation—which violate the basic principles of equality and justice. Anecdotally, many Chinese-Americans have told me that having survived the Cultural Revolution in their former country, they refuse to let the same thing happen here.  

In terms of principles, we need to employ our own moral language rather than allow ourselves to be confined by the categories of critical race theory. For example, we often find ourselves debating “diversity.” Diversity as most of us understand it is generally good, all things being equal, but it is of secondary value. We should be talking about and aiming at excellence, a common standard that challenges people of all backgrounds to achieve their potential. On the scale of desirable ends, excellence beats diversity every time. 

Similarly, in addition to pointing out the dishonesty of the historical narrative on which critical race theory is predicated, we must promote the true story of America—a story that is honest about injustices in American history, but that places them in the context of our nation’s high ideals and the progress we have made towards realizing them. Genuine American history is rich with stories of achievements and sacrifices that will move the hearts of Americans—in stark contrast to the grim and pessimistic narrative pressed by critical race theorists. 

Above all, we must have courage—the fundamental virtue required in our time. Courage to stand and speak the truth. Courage to withstand epithets. Courage to face the mob. Courage to shrug off the scorn of the elites. When enough of us overcome the fear that currently prevents so many from speaking out, the hold of critical race theory will begin to slip. And courage begets courage. It’s easy to stop a lone dissenter; it’s much harder to stop 10, 20, 100, 1,000, 1,000,000, or more who stand up together for the principles of America. 

Truth and justice are on our side. If we can muster the courage, we will win.


DANGER: This best-selling devotional has a prayer that literally says “Dear God, please help me to hate white people.” This is a real book you can buy. At Target.

Joel Abbott Apr 7, 2021

You will be told that the following is not racist:

Hoo boy, that’s a doozy. Swap out white for “black,” “Asian,” “Muslim,” “women,” or any other group, and it would rightly be called evil.

But hating white people is cool these days.

Let’s go through this garbage together – but first, a little context. Here was the original post discussing this “prayer” in a devotional available from Target (yes, from …. Target):

All the pics:

This is not a fringe book. It has been a recent hit trending toward the top of the NYT’s best sellers!

It’s also written by, you guessed it, a PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, Chinequa Walker-Barnes of Mercer University.

Here are some excerpts of this madness for us to dissect:

“Dear God,

Please help me to hate white people. Or at least to want to hate them. At least, I want to stop caring about them, individually and collectively. I want to stop caring about their misguided, racist souls, to stop believing that they can be better, that they can stop being racist.”

Seriously, can you imagine actually thinking you’re not racist when you ask God to hate an entire people group based on their skin color???

Walker-Barnes specifies that she doesn’t mean aNti-rAciSt woke whites, nor does she mean the neo-Nazi type.

“My prayer is that you would help me hate the other White people – you know, the nice ones. The Fox News-loving, Trump-supporting voters who ‘don’t see color’ but who make thinly-veiled racist comments about ‘those people.’ The people who are happy to have me over for dinner but alert the neighborhood watch anytime an unrecognized person of color passes their house. The people who welcome Black people in their churches and small groups but brand us heretics if we suggest that Christianity is concerned with the poor and the oppressed. The people who politely tell us that we can leave we we call out the racial microaggressions we experience in their ministries.”

Ah, so what she really means is that she hates white people of a particular political affiliation! who don’t buy into the woke Marxist screeds about hierarchies of oppression and think it’s utterly antithetical to the Gospel!

In the very next sentence, she admits she doesn’t know many such people – but I’ll bet she’s heard the caricatures on CNN and has decided to stereotype tens of millions of people based on her personal blinders.

Cause that’s not prejudiced in the extreme.

For the sake of clarity, imagine she were talking about any other group, like Sunni Muslims or Orthodox Jews. How would that sound to your ear?

“Lord, if it be your will, harden my heart. Stop me from striving to see the best in people. Stop me from being hopeful that White people can do and be better. Let me imagine them instead as white-hooded robes standing in front of burning crosses.”

Wow. Just… wow.

First, when the Lord hardens someone’s heart, it is never good for that individual (see, oh, all of Romans 9).

Second, can you feel the utter poison here? Try reading it with another identity group here:

“Stop me from being hopeful that Jewish people can do and be better. Let me imagine them instead as vermin rats huddling around the mighty German oak tree.”

Somehow, it gets even worse:

“Let me see them as hopelessly unrepentant, reprobate bigots who have blasphemed the Holy Spirit and who need to be handed over to the evil one.”

She believes that racism is incurable and unforgivable. Sure, Christ died for all our sins – even those of the Romans who nailed him to the cross – but white American racism is both irredeemable and inbred in her eyes and white people need to go to hell for eternity.

The murderous hordes of history could be forgiven at that Cross, but those white Christians need to be convicted of an unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirit for being kind but also a little culturally awkward around a black woman who hates their guts.

“For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved [unless you’re a white devil and then straight to Hades with you].” – Romans 10:9 Woke Standard Version

Let’s finish this madness, shall we?

“Free me from this burden of calling them to confession and repentance. Grant me a Get Out of Judgement Free card if I make White people the exception to your commandment to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.”

So despite Christ’s command to love our neighbors (and our enemies), this woman decides she can be the Pharisee in the parable of the Good Samaritan – leaving the man to die on the side of the road – and still be the good guy.

It all smacks profoundly of Luke 18:11, doesn’t it?

“Chinequa Walker-Barnes was standing and praying like this about herself: ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this white person.”

This woman is profoundly hateful and racist, and her spirit is heavy with that sin.

She ends with a smug thought about how God is on her side, and after unloading a hate Howitzer, has the gall to end by saying “I pray and I press on, in love.”

Instead of confessing her hatred, she begs God for an excuse to double down on her hate and presumably wipe out an entire group of people based on skin tone – not only from this world, but from eternity.

Remember how Bilbo in The Hobbit felt pity for Gollum? How he saw what had happened to that miserable creature down in the dark, deep places of the world, left alone with his precious idol and his vanity?

Yeah, same energy:

I pity this woman in the same way. She does not know Christ and she does not know love. She purports to be a teacher of God’s Word, but has twisted and maligned it in the depths of her spite – and is in real danger of the very grievance of the Holy Spirit she so eagerly wishes upon her supposed enemies.

R.C. Sproul’s Ligonier Ministries puts it this way:

“When people know the Scriptures well and yet not only fail to recognize Jesus as Messiah but also openly reject Him, they are standing on perilous ground… Such blasphemy is unforgivable not because the Lord is unwilling to forgive but because a person guilty of such sin has fully and finally hardened his heart against the grace of God.”

Pray for this very racist and very hateful woman. Pray for the people that will be led astray by her after buying this book from Target and Amazon.

And for all that is good in the world, let everyone you see reading this garbage know what poison they are injecting into their very souls.

Joel Abbott

notthebee.com/article/this-devotional-has-a-prayer-that-literally-says-dear-god-please-help-me-to-hate-white-people?


Asian American Group Eviscerates Critical Race Theory: ‘A Hateful, Divisive, Manipulative Fraud’

BY TYLER O’NEIL FEB 27, 202

Backlash is rising against the Marxist critical race theory (CRT) behind The New York Times‘ “1619 Project” and other efforts to indoctrinate Americans with the idea that American society is fundamentally or “structurally” racist. This week, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) issued a powerful statement condemning critical race theory and urging Chinese Americans to oppose it.

“Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud,” CACAGNY declared. “One way or another, CRT wants to get rid of ​too many Asians​ in good schools. Asians are over-represented.​ CRT is today’s Chinese Exclusion Act. CRT is the real ​hate crime​ against Asians” (emphasis original).

Critical race theory teaches that any racial disparities must ipso facto be proof of some hidden racial bias or discrimination, regardless of civil rights laws explicitly forbidding such discrimination. Since Americans of Asian ancestry are overrepresented in colleges, universities, and certain high-income professions, CRT effectively teaches that American society is structurally biased in favor of Asians.

“CRT appears in our workplaces under the cover of ​implicit bias/sensitivity​ ​training​. It infiltrates our schools pretending to be ​culturally/ethnically responsive​ ​pedagogy​, with curricula such as the New York Times’ ​1619 Project​ and Seattle’s ​ethnomathematics​,” CACAGNY argued. “From its very roots, CRT is racist, repressive, discriminatory, and divisive.”

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The Chinese American group laid out the main “dogmas” of critical race theory, including (emphasis original):

  • You are not a person. You are only your ​race,​ and ​by your race alone you will be judged​.
  • Justice is about equal ​rights​, but ​Social​ Justice, or ​equity,​ is about equal ​outcomes​. Only Social​ Justice matters; Justice does not. To achieve equal outcomes, ​forget equal rights​.
  • All unequal outcomes by race — ​inequity​ for short — are the result of racial ​oppression​.
  • All Blacks are oppressed and all Whites are oppressors. This is ​systemic​:​ never ask ​whether oppression occurred, only ​how it occurred. Everyone and everything White is ​complicit​.
  • If you are White and won’t admit you are racist, you are racist by ​implicit bias​. To reduce implicit bias, you must self-criticize, confess to ​privilege​, apologize to the oppressed race.
  • Whiteness​ is belief in, among others: ​achievement​, ​delayed gratification​, ​progress,​ schedules​ and ​deadlines​, ​meritocracy​, ​race-blindness​, the ​written word​, ​facts​ and ​objectivity (they deny​ lived experience)​ , ​logic​ and ​reason (​they deny​ empathy​), ​mathematics​ and science ​(until they are ​de-colonized and ​humanized​).
  • CRT suppresses dissent with ​cancel culture​: publications withdrawn, college admissions rescinded, online presence wiped out, business relationships ended, jobs terminated.

The Chinese American group presented three instances of CRT at work. In June 2020, Seattle ran an “anti-racism” training that began with the claim that all White people have a natural sense of racial superiority. The session required participants to confess their complicity in “white supremacy” become “less white,” and become accountable to black people in their every thought.

In August 2017, Nevada high school senior William Clark took a mandatory class in which the curriculum told students that white people are racists who enjoy the privileges of oppression. Classmates, teachers, and administrators allegedly began harassing Clark merely because he was identified as white.

In January 2021, a teacher in Cupertino, Calif., told an elementary school math class that students lived in a dominant culture of white, cisgender, educated Christians, and that the culture was created to hoard power. As CACAGNY explained, “a Chinese parent found out about this and organized parents to stop it. It reminded them of Mao’s bloody Cultural Revolution.”

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Although Chinese Americans “are people of color and therefore start from the oppressed side of CRT’s binary,” CACAGNY explained that “as we overcome discrimination and achieve upward mobility, we are now White by adjacency” (emphasis original). The Chinese American group claimed that Black Lives Matter rioters with CRT signs assaulted a CACAGNY rally supporting merit-based education.

CACAGNY condemned various forms of sleight-of-hand that allow universities like Harvard and top high schools to select “lower-qualified Blacks” over “better-qualified Asians.”

CACAGNY called on Asian Americans to loudly denounce critical race theory and to fight back.

“We need to recognize CRT through its fraudulent packaging, call it out, ​resist​. Parents need to watch for CRT in schools, talk to each other, and organize, like the Cupertino Chinese parents,” the group argued. “Regardless, parents need to speak with their kids to ​anti-indoctrinate​ (or ​un-doctrinate​) them at home. This needs to start early, because CRT indoctrination also starts early. Don’t trust schools and teachers blindly.”

CACAGNY acknowledged former President Donald Trump’s executive order to ban CRT on the federal level, but noted that President Joe Biden rescinded that order upon taking office. That means state and local efforts provide the most promise.

Republicans in various states have filed legislation to ensure that schools do not indoctrinate kids with the 1619 Project. These efforts are likely to grow.

CACAGNY made powerful arguments against Marxist critical race theory without mentioning that this ideology inspired much of the destruction of the Black Lives Matter and antifa riots over the summer. While protesters rightly expressed outrage at the treatment of George Floyd, many of the protests devolved into looting, vandalism, and arson in which lawless thugs — acting in the name of fighting racism — destroyed black livesblack livelihoods, and black monuments.

When vandals toppled a statue of George Washington in Portland, they spray-painted “1619” on the statue. When Claremont’s Charles Kesler wrote in The New York Post, “Call them the 1619 riots,” Hannah-Jones responded (in a since-deleted tweet) that “it would be an honor” to claim responsibility for the destructive riots.

Parents of all races should oppose this dangerous and divisive ideology. Critical race theory pits Americans against one another on the basis of skin color, teaches children a basic distrust of the social elements that make America great, and inspired violent and deadly riots.

Tyler O’Neil is the author of Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Follow him on Twitter at @Tyler2ONeil.

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VIDEO Black speakers prompt ‘Uncle Tom’ trend on Twitter

Left tweaked as Trump’s approval grows among African Americans

by Art Moore

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron speechs to the Republican National Convention Aug. 25, 2020 (video screenshot)

The dynamic black speakers, including non-politicians from many walks of life, featured by the Republican National Convention this past week clearly are a challenge to the Democrats’ “lock” on the black vote.

“Uncle Tom” hashtags are trending on Twitter, and a Georgia pastor called the black speakers Trump’s “slaves” during a protest Friday at the Lincoln Memorial.

Rev. Jamal Bryant cited Underground Railroad hero Harriet Tubman saying, “I freed thousands of slaves, but I would have freed hundreds more had they known they were slaves.”

Bryant, the Washington Examiner reported, said he “thought about that when I saw the slaves on TV this week endorsing Donald Trump.”

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“I said, ‘If only they knew they were slaves, they could have been rendered free.’”

But the nightly roster of black speakers included many said they no longer feel like slaves because they’ve left the Democratic Party. They recounted Trump’s accomplishments for the black community, including the lowest unemployment rate ever, the prison and criminal sentence-reforming First Step Act, the “opportunity zones” that incentivize investment in poor areas, permanent funding for historically black colleges and universities, and promoting school choice.

Trump won only 8% of the black vote in 2016, but the latest Zogby poll indicates he has the approval of 36% of black voters and 52% overall, a new high.

Among the black politicians who addressed the RNC were South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, and, arguably the most gifted speaker, 34-year-old Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Cameron challenged Biden’s comments that those who don’t support him “ain’t black” and that there’s no diversity of thought in the black community.

“Mr. Vice President, look at me. I am black,” Cameron said. “We are not all the same, sir. I am not in chains. My mind is my own. And you can’t tell me how to vote because of the color of my skin.”

See Daniel Cameron’s speech:

Scott said his story proves “a poor black kid from a single-parent household” can achieve anything, even going “from cotton to Congress in one lifetime.”

“Our nation’s arc always bends back toward fairness. We are not fully where we want to be, but I thank God almighty we are not where we used to be,” Scott said.

“We are always striving to be better. When we stumble, and we will, we pick ourselves back up and try again. We don’t give in to cancel culture, or the radical — and factually baseless — belief that things are worse today than in the 1860s or the 1960s.”

See Sen. Tim Scott’s RNC speech:

The website Black Enterprise posted tweets under the headline “‘Uncle Tom’ trended on Twitter once the RNC started showcasing black people to prove President Trump isn’t racist.”

The “Uncle Tom” epithet is a theme of Larry Elder’s new, highly acclaimed documentary “Uncle Tom: An Oral History of the American Black Conservative”. The film follows a young, black, Christian contractor, Chad Jackson, who was a long-time Democrat until challenged by a fellow Christian to read the platforms of the Democratic and Republican parties. Jackson was shocked to discover that his support for limited government, low taxes and school choice, and his opposition to abortion on demand made him a Republican. The film documents the blowback Jackson received as he was labeled “Uncle Tom,” a “sellout” and a “self-loather.”

Other black RNC speakers:

Former football star Herschel Walker, who has known Trump for 37 years, said the accusations of racism against Trump “hurt my soul.”

“I take that as a personal insult, that people would think I’ve had a 37-year friendship with a racist,” Walker said. “People don’t know what they’re talking about. Growing up in the Deep South, I’ve seen racism up close. I know what it is. And it isn’t Donald Trump.”

See Herschel Walker’s RNC speech:

Georgia Democratic State Rep. Vernon Jones said his party has become “infected with a pandemic” of intolerance, bigotry, socialism and an anti-police sentiment.

“The Democratic Party does not want black people to leave the mental plantation they’ve had us on for decades,” he said, noting that when Trump sought the black vote, Democratic leaders “went crazy.”

See Vernon Jones’ RNC speech

Baltimore congressional candidate Kim Klacik said Democrats “have controlled this part of Baltimore City for 50 years, and they have run this beautiful place right into the ground.”

“Abandoned buildings, liquor stores on every corner, drug addicts, guns on the street that’s now the norm in many neighborhoods,” she said. “Sadly, the same cycle of decay exists in many of America’s Democrat-run cities.”

She said Democrats “still assume that black people will vote for them, no matter how much they let us down and take us for granted.”

“We’re sick of it. We’re not going to take it anymore,” Klacik said. “The days of blindly supporting the Democrats are coming to an end.”

See Kim Klacik’s RNC speech:

Former NFL player Jack Brewer accused the media of falsely portraying Trump as a racist while ignoring his contributions to the black community.

“I know what racism looks like, I’ve seen it firsthand,” Brewer said. “America, it has no resemblance to President Trump. I’m fed up with the way he’s portrayed in the media, who refuse to acknowledge what he’s actually done for the Black community. It’s confusing the minds of our innocent children.”

See Jack Brewer’s RNC speech:

Civil Rights-era activist Clarence Henderson recalled taking part in the 1960 Greensboro, North Carolina, sit-ins at the Woolworth Department Store.

He said Trump represents the America he was fighting for, having “done more for black Americans in four years than Joe Biden has done in 50.”

“Joe Biden had the audacity to say if you don’t vote for him ‘you ain’t black.’ Well to that, I say, if you do vote for Biden, you don’t know history,” he said.

Henderson said Trump is “offering real and lasting change … a country that embraces the spirit of the civil rights movement of the ‘60s, a place where people are judged by the content of their character, their talents and abilities, not by the color of their skin,” he said

“This is the America I was fighting for 60 years ago. This is the America Donald Trump is fighting for.”

See Clarence Henderson’s remarks:

Jon Ponder, a convicted felon, was pardoned Tuesday night by President Trump, who called his story “a beautiful testament to the power of redemption.” The founder of the nonprofit Hope For Prisoners, he appeared with Richard Beasley, the FBI agent who arrested him.

In the convention video, Ponder said Beasley “is now a dear friend.”

“My hope for America is that all people regardless of race, color, class or background will take advantage of the fact that we live in a nation of second chances,” Ponder said.

He said that during his time in federal prison he found God.

Beasley said of Ponder: “When I met Jon 15 years ago, he was angry, scared, and facing years in prison. On the drive to jail, we had a long talk and began to understand each other. Five years later, when he got out of prison, Jon and I met for lunch. He was a different man.”

See the RNC video on Jon Ponder’s story:

Former NFL player Burgess Owens, the Republican candidate in Utah’s 4th Congressional District race, told the story of his great great grandfather, Silas Burgess, who came to the United States “in the belly of a slave ship” and was sold on an auction block at the age of 8.

“By the grace of God, and the courage of slaves who believed in freedom, Silas escaped through the Underground Railroad and settled in the great state of Texas,” Owens said. “He went on to become a successful entrepreneur. He built his community’s first church, first elementary school, and purchased 102 acres of farmland, which he paid off in two years.”

Owens was raised in the South during the Jim Crow era but was taught that “anything is possible in America.”

“We live in a country where we’re encouraged to dream big, where second chances are the core of our DNA,” he said. “We don’t hear that same message from Nancy Pelosi’s Congress. Career politicians, elitists and even a former bartender, want us to believe that’s impossible. They want us to believe that what I did, what my great-great grandfather did, is impossible for ordinary Americans. As patriots, we know better.”

See Burgess Owens’ RNC speech:

Ben Carson, the secretary of the housing and urban development, said Democrats who have called Trump a racist “could not be more wrong.”

“President Trump does not dabble in identity politics,” he said.

“Many on the other side love to incite division by claiming that President Trump is a racist. They could not be more wrong.”

Carson, a neurosurgeon known for performing the first successful separation of conjoined twins in 1987, referenced the rioting in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“History reminds us that necessary change comes through hope and love, not senseless and destructive violence,” Carson said.

See Ben Carson’s RNC speech:

Ja’Ron Smith, deputy assistant to President Trump, said he wishes everyone could see Trump’s “deep empathy” to victims of violence.

He recounted his unlikely rise from a poor neighborhood in Cleveland to Howard University to the White House.

“Every issue important to black communities has been a priority for him,” Smith said. “Prison reform. Rebuilding broken families. Bringing jobs back to America. Jobs in Cleveland. Jobs in Detroit. Jobs in Milwaukee.”

See Ja’Ron Smith’s RNC speech:

Alice Johnson, who was pardoned by President Trump after her speech Thursday night, said she “hollered hallelujah” after Trump signed the First Step Act, which she said “brought joy, hope and freedom to thousands of well-deserving people.”

A Tennessee grandmother, she was convicted on felony drug and money laundering charges in 1996. She was released after 22 years in prison when Trump commuted her sentence.

Johnson said she is “free by the grace of God and the compassion of President Donald John Trump.”

See Alice Johnson’s RNC speech

 

Black speakers at RNC prompt ‘Uncle Tom’ trend on Twitter


 

VIDEO Cops Pay Thousand To Street Preacher

Had been arrested for promoting Christianity

 

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A street preacher who was arrested in London for promoting Christianity has been awarded $2,786 by the Metropolitan Police for wrongful arrest.

Nigerian preacher Oluwole Ilesanmi was arrested in February in front of a subway station after a passer-by called called police, accusing him of “Islamophobic” remarks. A police officer snatched the preacher’s Bible and said: “No one wants to hear that. They want you to go away.” Officers then drove him several miles away and let him out of the car.

The arrest prompted a petition campaign in March urging the British home secretary to protect street preachers.

See video of the incident:

DailyMail.com reported Ilesanmi described the outcome of his case as a victory for freedom of speech.

“I believe God loves everyone, including Muslims, but I have the right to say I that I don’t agree with Islam – we are living in a Christian country, after all,” he said.

A video of the incident shows an officer taking away the preacher’s Bible. Another officer says: “You should’ve thought about that before being racist.”

Shortly after the arrest of Ilesanmi, a review was proposed by the Professional Standards Unit of the Metropolitan police.

Ilesanmi had been accosted by a Muslim activist shortly before the video, according to the legal advocacy group Barnabas Fund.

“The man was loudly abusive about the Bible and God with his face close to the preacher’s. The young man also threatened the preacher, brandishing a closed fist holding prayer beads,” the report said.

The European Convention on Human Rights recognizes freedom of religion and expression, which includes the freedom to impart information and ideas without interference by a public authority.

JihadWatch Director Robert Spencer commented that the outcome of the Nigerian preacher’s case “is good news, but it is nonetheless still clear in what direction Britain is heading.”

“Would a Muslim preacher have ever been arrested and charged with ‘racism’ for preaching Islam to Christians? Of course not.”

 

Cops pay thousands to street preacher

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