April 15, 2019
MY CORNER by Boyd Cathey
CRITICAL RACE THEORY and the Verdict of Robert Lewis Dabney
Back on April 9 I sent out a short piece on Critical Race Theory [CRT] and its fatal effects on our educational system. Since then I have basically re-written that column—the last half of it almost entirely—and it was picked up this morning and published by The Abbeville Institute. I believe the discussion of how CRT has profoundly affected our educational system—our colleges and what they teach, as well as increasingly the curriculum in our grammar schools—is critical to our understanding and diagnosis of the extremely serious problem that will, if we allow it, destroy and forever change radically our society and culture.
In the United States, circa 2019, it is far easier for conservatives and traditionalists to win elections than to breach the nearly impervious walls of the “educational establishment.” For the thousands of institutions protected by those walls are almost like independent satrapies, autonomous “states-within-our-states,” that operate in practice beyond the basic control of our legislatures and even, many times, of the governing boards with the supposed authority over them.
Frequently, those governing authorities—legislatures and boards—just throw up their hands in frustration, afraid that if they tamper or “mess” with the institutional structures, or curriculum, or ideological instruction by faculty, they will be met by the bloodcurdling cry of an “attack on academic freedom” and an “attack on the integrity of education.”
It is, in fact, just the reverse. Almost all of our higher educational institutions, save for a few private ones operated by religious groups, are dominated and controlled by Marxist-type authoritarians who indeed are the very ones who facilitate within their institutions “attacks academic freedom” and “attacks on the integrity of education.”
And they need to be held up and critiqued specifically and intelligently for this ideological abuse and what amounts to brain-washing of our sons and daughters, mostly at tax payer and parental expense.
Major conservative reform is far overdue, and not just theoretically, but in practice. Talking about it is just fine, diagnosing the problem is important, but lacking the cojones to implement it is and will be certainly fatal for the future of this nation…if it is not too late already.
Here is the Abbeville essay: