While newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden did much on his first day that would have been easily anticipated – halting the border wall, reversing the travel ban – he also took the odd step of dismantling Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission. This would seem like a strange piece of business to be on Biden’s Day One priority list, but it’s a clue as to what kind of administration we’re dealing with here. For as much as Biden emphasized the importance of “facts” and “truth” in his inaugural speech, it is clear that he has invested in the racist pack of lies that the 1776 Commission was meant to refute.
Shortly after Biden signed the order, the Discovery Institute’s Christopher Rufo announced that he will be fighting hard to keep the administration’s racial theories out of our public schools.
“Today, President Biden doubled-down on critical race theory in the federal government. In response, I am announcing a new coalition of legal foundations and private attorneys that will wage relentless legal warfare against race theory in America’s institutions. The fight is on,” Rufo tweeted.
Rufo’s announcement got a huge helping hand from conservative star Megyn Kelly, who immediately threw her support behind the project.
“THIS IS THE ANSWER. THE LAW. These indoctrination sessions are unlawful. Studies have shown they create *more*, not less, racism. Good for you, @realchrisrufo,” she tweeted.
Along with his announcement, Rufo put out a press release explaining more about his push to cleanse schools of this divisive nonsense.
“Critical race theory is a grave threat to the American way of life. It divides Americans by race and traffics in the pernicious concepts of race essentialism, racial stereotyping, and race-based segregation—all under a false pursuit of ‘social justice.’ Critical race theory training programs have become commonplace in academia, government, and corporate life, where they have sought to advance the ideology through cult-like indoctrination, intimidation, and harassment,” the press release said.
For the uninitiated, critical race theory is the beating heart of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is the anti-scientific core behind concepts like “decolonization” and “intersectionality” – two words that have escaped the back hallways of college campuses to appear in everything from government documents to mainstream media news stories. It is the baseless prism through which “antiracists” see everything that happens in America as a struggle between those with power (whites, cisgenders) and those without it (everyone else). And when we say everything, we mean everything: Employment rates, police interactions, elections, and even math can be criticized with this sloppy thinking.
To be 100% clear: Critical race theory is a dead-end for this country. It is the ultimate refutation of MLK’s dream. It holds within it the promise – the guarantee – that we will never, ever move past skin color. Shallow adherents think that any pushback against it comes from white racists afraid to lose “control” and “privilege.” The wise among us know that, in the long run, no one will be hurt worse by these theories than people of color.
Sadly, it feels more and more like we’re going to have to learn that lesson the hard way.