In July, America celebrated the 245th Anniversary of The Declaration of Independence. Ever since delegates from the 13 colonies adopted Thomas Jefferson’s inaugural draft, this founding document has distinguished Americans as the envy of the world.
Since the late 1800s, the Statue of Liberty, erected in the Upper New York Bay, has stood as a 305-foot universal symbol of freedom beckoning “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” Even now, inhabitants of foreign nations are fleeing their homeland and risking life and limb for the promise of a better future within U.S. borders.
These days, however, I doubt that Lady Liberty would recognize her “land of opportunity” and birthplace of the “American Dream.” Like a retail store in the midst of a “social justice” riot, our nation is being pillaged and looted by the three-million-member teachers’ union, otherwise known as the National Education Association (NEA).
Over the July 4th weekend, while many Americans patriotically celebrated and honored their country’s founding, the NEA officially approved a resolution to propagate critical race theory (CRT) ideology— an iteration of race-based Marxism— in all 50 states and 14,000 local school districts.
In a recently posted YouTube video, investigative journalist Christopher F. Rufo courageously exposes CRT as the “new orthodoxy in American institutions.”
CRT’s premise is accurate in recognizing America’s history of slavery, racism, and injustice. Its conclusion, however, that American culture is irredeemably racist and should be reconstructed through a moral, political and economic revolution is antithetical to God’s redemptive plan for reconciling humanity to Himself.
Jesus declares in John 3:16 that there is only one race— the human race— for whom He came to save: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
CRT’s mission is ultimately to abolish America’s founding ideals including: the right to own private property; freedom of speech; equal protection under the law; nondiscrimination policies; capitalism’s free enterprise system and our federalist system of government.
As Rufo explains, what incipiently began as an ideological movement in universities has stealthily infected government agencies, public schools, and human resources departments under the guise of diversity training, corporate compliance, public policy and school curricula.
Rufo perceptively contends that critical race theory, or identity-based Marxism, is dismantling society by replacing America’s bedrock virtue of equality with a politically-nuanced term called “equity.”
Taken at face-value, the notion of equity seems commendable, if not a more enlightened way of seeing the world. But a closer examination of equity-driven results reveals nothing more than a recycled socialist manifesto.
While equality under the law focuses on protecting individual rights regardless of race, Rufo correctly argues that under CRT, equity’s aim is to divide society into rivaling racial groups and employ intentional racial discrimination in pursuit of race-based equality of outcomes.
Yet, the Bible teaches that the ground is level at Calvary’s cross for everyone who receives Jesus’ free gift of forgiveness of sin and promise of eternal life.
The Apostle Paul reminds us of as much in Galatians 3:27-29: “For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise.”
Meanwhile, government institutions that were once neutrally-oriented toward consensus opinion and perceptions of the public good now have been radicalized by CRT. Rufo cites the following real-life examples of CRT’s equity-based assertions:
- White employees attending diversity training at the Department of Homeland Security were informed they had been socialized into oppressor roles;
- At the Sandia National Laboratories, which designs America’s nuclear arsenal, white male executives were taught that their white male culture is analogous to the KKK, white supremacists, and mass killings.
- In Cupertino, CA, third grade students had to deconstruct their racial and sexual identity and rank themselves according to power and privilege;
- In Springfield, MO, middle school teachers had to locate themselves on an “Oppression Matrix” and white, straight, English-speaking Christian males were identified as members of the “Oppressor Class” who must atone for their covert white supremacy.
- In Seattle, a school district told white teachers they were guilty of spirit murder of black children and should forfeit their privilege and acknowledge their thieved inheritance.
In the NEA’s resolution, the union has agreed to publicly “convey its support” for critical race theory, oppose restrictions in state legislatures, and use schools for political activism. Union delegates pledged to “join with Black Lives Matter at School and the Zinn Education Project” to hold a “national day of action” on George Floyd’s birthday, recruiting teachers to hold political demonstrations and “teach lessons about structural racism and oppression.”
The NEA’s resolution also pledges to develop a system to critique “empire, white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy, cisheteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, (and) anthropocentrism” — thus adopting CRT’s intellectually and morally bankrupt ideas from the universities and infiltrating them into grade-school classrooms.
And if that wasn’t enough, the NEA passed a resolution to “research the organizations” who oppose critical race theory — including parent organizations — and provide resources for silencing them.
So, if you dare to challenge your workplace’s Equity and Inclusion Department for its politically-driven, dogmatic and intolerant efforts to silence any opposition to CRT and diversity of opinions, you might consider sharing Romans 3:23-26: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus; whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed; for the demonstration, I say, of His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”