This is part 1 of a 3-part series on Critical Race Theory (CRT). To help you effectively dismantle the racist and anti-God assertions of CRT, each editorial will lean on quotes from America’s greatest thinker, writer and speaker on liberty and human rights, Frederick Douglass. Douglass-ISM is the most effective approach to defeat Marxism because it’s hard to disagree with a runaway slave’s liberty message. Moreover, it’s the best approach to ignite America's passion for liberty.
After studying CRT, I am convinced it’s part of the Marxist anti-liberty, anti-God agenda to destroy America internally. The goals of cultural-Marxists are to (1) Capture the minds and hearts of our children; (2) Destroy Christianity; and (3) Stir up racial strife that triggers racial resentment, violent behavior and tension-causing bitterness between Whites and Blacks. Don’t be surprised! The Left is very confident that beating the racial drum is a shortcut to transforming America into a Communist nation.
Published in 1958, Color, Communism and Common Sense, by Manning Johnson (1908–1959), is a must-read book. Johnson was a high-ranking Communist Party African-American. He became deeply involved in the Party because he truly believed Communists were sincerely interested in improving the condition of Black Americans. After 10 years of dedicated service to the party, Johnson realized that Communists weren’t the least bit interested in improving the condition of Black people. He discovered Communists wanted to use Blacks as a “political dupe” in their quest for power. Manning eventually left the Party and became an anti-communist and informant for the government.
Johnson warned: “… setting up situations that bring about racial bitterness, violence and conflict; putting forth demands so unrealistic that race relations are worsened; attacking everybody in disagreement as reactionaries, fascists, Klu Kluxers among Whites and Uncle Toms among Negroes, constitutes the red’s [Communist’s] pattern of operation.”
The Left wants us to close our eyes to the progress our nation has made in race relations. Without question, the racism that occurs in our country today pales in comparison to the racism that existed in Frederick Douglass’ time. We have come a long way. There's more work to be done.
Father of Communism (Karl Marx) vs. America’s Greatest Liberty Messenger (Frederick Douglass)
Karl Marx and Frederick Douglass, two key 19th-century figures, were both born in 1818. Marx was born to a middle-class family in Germany. His father was a lawyer, and his mother came from a wealthy business family. Marx grew up in a lavish home, was given a private education, and married a rich heiress. Living off of his wife, Jenny, colleague Friedrich Engels, and his wealthy uncle Benjamin Philips, Marx never worked a real job in his entire life ─ a perfect example of white privilege.
Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland. He never knew his father. He was separated from his mother at birth. Working on a different plantation, Douglass saw his mother only four or five times. To visit her son, Douglass’ mother walked 12 miles each way after working all day in the fields, arriving by evening and departing before daybreak. She died when Douglass was about 10 years old.
Douglass had no formal education. To learn to read and write, Douglass started his own homeschooling program while a slave boy. A slave for 20 years, Douglass experienced hunger, abandonment, extreme poverty, forced labor, dehumanization, whippings, no freedom and false imprisonment. Overcoming these conditions, by the time of his death in 1895 Douglass amassed $300,000 in savings ─ over $10 million in today's money.
A white privilege poster child, Marx’s writings about oppression were simply unproven theories.
A former slave, Douglass’ philosophy about oppression was based on his life experiences.
How is it that a growing number of young Americans have become followers of Marxism, instead of Douglass-ISM? Obviously, it’s because they have never heard the compelling liberty message of Fredrick Douglass.
If you are serious about dismantling CRT, then you must learn to leverage Douglass’ liberty message. Marxists have no answer for Douglass, and they never will.
ASSERTION #1: Black People are Perpetual Helpless Victims of White Racism: Speaking to an audience of Boston abolitionists in 1862, Douglass stated that Blacks should not be treated as a special group because of their past enslavement: “Do nothing with us, by us, or for us as a particular class … the broadest and bitterest of the Black man's misfortune is the fact that he is everywhere regarded and treated as an exception to the principles and maxims which applied to other men.” Douglass continued, “We utterly repudiate all invidious distinctions, whether in our favor or against us and ask only for a fair field and no favor.”
Douglass answered the question, “What shall be done with the Negro?” in his 1865 speech "What the Black Man Wants." He said emphatically: “What I ask for the Negro is not benevolence, not pity, not sympathy, but simply justice[.] ... Everybody has asked the question, and they learned to ask it early of the abolitionists, "What shall we do with the Negro?" I have had but one answer from the beginning. Do nothing with us! Your doing with us has already played the mischief with us[.] ... [I]f the Negro cannot stand on his own legs, let him fall also. All I ask is, give him a chance to stand on his own legs! … Just let him alone! ─ your interference is doing him a positive injury.”
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