All decent Americans watched with horror the video of George Floyd’s tragic death last May. I could not bring myself to watch it a second time. Afterwards, I awaited a national conversation about post 9/11 policing. What happened next shocked and saddened me even more.
The exploitation of emotional and tragic events is how all dangerous movements grow. Now, decent people who were horrified at George Floyd’s death are terrified of speaking openly against those who are exploiting it.
Patrisse Cullors is one of three founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. She is the spiritual head and most outspoken member of the movement. She is responsible for the mainstreaming of Critical Race Theory, including demanding its introduction into our nation’s schools. Cullors’ style of activism is the inspiration for many of the ‘anti-racism’ books on the Anchorage School District’s website. She has two adopted children and seeks to “disrupt the nuclear family.” As BLM founder here she is under a year ago admitting she is a trained Marxist:
Marxist ideology was responsible for the deaths of 100 to 150,000,000 people in the 20th century.
Less than a year later she has purchased five luxury homes (one with a grass runway and another in the Bahamas) with the millions she extorted from Corporate America as well as the poor in disadvantaged communities. She claims criticism of her is “extremely dangerous.”
At least she is not a true Marxist anymore. But she is still peddling her venom to the young and impressionable as her new wealth continues to grow.
Patrisse Cullors is not Martin Luther King nor is BLM-inspired Critical Race Theory a continuation of King’s vision for America. One was a believer in the American creed, a skilled religious orator and a uniter of people. The other is an exploitive race-baiting hypocrite demanding ‘equity’ and ‘justice’ while benefiting from the destruction of communities she claims to be supporting.
Educated people know what a Marxist is. It took Mrs. Cullors only one year to violate her conscience and betray the core beliefs of her anti-capitalist movement. Her price was millions of dollars and luxury homes.
Community and civic leaders fret nervously and abdicate their moral responsibilities in return for career advancement.
What is the price of the Anchorage School Board? It really doesn’t matter. You will not pay it at first. The initial price will be paid by students of all races as they lose the very notion of childhood itself. First, comes the loss of ability to speak and think freely. Then constant racial friction will cause kids to mistrust each other. The oppressors will have to be identified and then shamed. Public education will become politicized and stagnate.
Already, things like math are being deemed racist in many public schools and higher institutions of learning. Even science is becoming “problematic” as it is now deemed a product of “white supremacy.” Yes, these teachings follow the introduction of “anti-racism” and “ethnic studies.” Such insanity is an affront to the gains of the Enlightenment in which all people contributed.
Don’t take my word for it. Follow the logic in your minds and search where this leads. The radicals don’t just want a few nice words about racism and de-colonization. Emboldened, they will want a few more about pedagogy, imperialism and class struggle. Once the very idea and (crucially) the founding of America is fully demonized, they will begin dismantling “the system” as they have begun to do in other jurisdictions across the country. What of our current system, which saved the world twice; defeating Fascism and Communism, will be left in 10 years? Finally, where have Marxist-inspired movements ever brought about peaceful outcomes?
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Patrisse Cullors could care less. She will be an immensely powerful and wealthy woman by then.
One thing is clear about movements lead by radicals; they are never satisfied. They get louder the more they achieve. Weakness provokes them. Our era is defined as one in which community and civic leaders fret nervously and abdicate their moral responsibilities in return for career advancement. They feed the beast hoping they will be eaten last. I notice such people end up having to move further up the hill (or away entirely) from places their policies were implemented. Meanwhile, our national culture is becoming G’d up like the hype before an MMA fight. If the schools do not exercise restraint and start talking about violence and radicalization instead of bowing to them, I fear the final destabilization of our society will begin. Passions will simply become too high. Only the radicals of both sides will be left.
Intimidation and the violation of peoples’ consciences always gives way to dark times. Nice middle-aged people living in material comfort may not see the price their individual surrender will cost. But history shows it’s only a matter of time before the bill comes due for everyone.
The view expressed here are those of the author.
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