House Republicans are following Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ lead in trying to keep Critical Race Theory from spreading.
As the Daily Caller reported, North Carolina GOP Rep. Dan Bishop introduced a resolution on Friday that labels CRT a Marxist ideology that poses a threat to the country.
Bishop’s resolution notes that CRT class “into question the founding and moral legitimacy of the United States, both here and throughout the world.” In doing that, CRT asserts that whites created “whiteness” as a “special kind of property” that exists “in order to grant themselves power and privilege while excluding other racial groups from ‘whiteness’ and its putative benefit.”
Moreover, according to Bishop’s measure, CRT claims America is built on a “racial hierarchy” that foments “racial-class antagonism” by arguing that our nation is driven by ‘‘structural racism’’ and ‘‘systemic racism.” It even filters down to the youngest Americans by teaching “children that they are either oppressors or oppressed based solely on the color of their skin.”
In this sense, Bishop argues, CRT’s structural dialectic” makes it “analogous to Karl Marx’s doctrines of structural classism, material determinism, and dialectical materialism.”
CRT also aligns with Marxist criticism of capitalism in that it teaches that racism is not just part of the founding narrative or embedded in America’s structure, it is also the ‘‘ordinary state of affairs,’’ which then frames the United States “as an intrinsically unjust, oppressive, and racist nation.”
“In its own words,” Bishop’s resolution notes, CRT denounces “equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and the neutral principles of constitutional law,’’ as well as the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the “American founding ideals of inalienable rights secured by a government, and the social fabric of the American Republic.”
And much like Marx wanted to “abolish bourgeois private property” to end capitalism, the resolution says, CRT maintains “that the only solution to this state of affairs is to ‘abolish whiteness’” and thus fundamentally change America from the ground up.
It works to do that through a ‘‘dictatorship of the antiracists’’ who spout the buzzwords of ‘‘diversity,’, ‘‘equity,’’ ‘‘inclusion,’’ and ‘‘antiracism’’ to embed CRT “into all vital and secondary American institutions and businesses” at the local, state, and federal level.
This again, the resolution says, is analogous to Marx’s “vanguard concept” of the “dictatorship of the proletariat,’’ which is “inimical to the American way of life and republican form of government.”
Additionally, Bishop notes “prominent” CRT activists “have explicitly declared that the only remedy to past discrimination is present and future discrimination in the reverse direction,” which blatantly violates the 14th Amendment and its equal protection clause.
This advocacy of “illegal racial discrimination” will inevitably lead to “racial stereotyping” as well as “racial scapegoating,” Bishop’s measure says.
And while Bishop notes that CRT activists will denounce the resolution and its supporters as racists, it’s important for the House to take this step and reject CRT and “its derivatives as a form of Marxist ideology,” and recognize “that critical race theory exists in direct opposition to the founding ideals, way of life, and form of government of the United States.”
Doing so, the resolution concludes, also means declaring that, as a Marxist ideology, CRT “poses a significant threat to the United States Republic, its citizens, and the free people of the world, rising to the degree of a clear and present danger to the Republic, its citizens, and the States, its allies, and the good and happiness of mankind.”
So far, 10 House Republicans have co-sponsored Bishop’s resolution, including Rep. Greg Steube of Sarasota.
“No one should be instructed to feel as if they are not equal or shamed because of their race,” he said at the time. “In Florida, we will not let the far-left woke agenda take over our schools and workplaces. There is no place for indoctrination or discrimination in Florida.”