For the last two hundred and fifty years or so, in the United States of America, everything has been going mostly... fine.
The United States has been known as the land of opportunity. We're the land of the free and the home of the brave. Americans have freedom beyond that of any other nation (well, besides New Zealand, Switzerland, (formerly) Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, Denmark, Luxembourg, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Austria, and the United Kingdom based on the Human Freedom Index).
But you get it. We're doing pretty good. Around here, you can chase your dreams, own land, start a business, be treated with dignity no matter who you are, and stay or leave the country freely if you choose, etc.
At least, that's supposed to be the case.
In the past, this has not been the case for the Native American Indians who were forcefully removed from their homes to make way for European settlers. It also has not been the case for Black Americans who were enslaved (after being imported from their homes and sold as property to Colonists settling the New World).
To date, some of the most economically disadvantaged are the descendants of those people groups. Unfortunately, the impact of the dark history of the American Experiment didn't end with a proclamation (such as this one or this one). Some of you older folks may remember that things were pretty bad in the 60s for Black Americans–only sixty years ago. You economy buffs may realize that unemployment rates hover around double for Black Americans what they are for White Americans, and college admission rates for Blacks still trail behind national averages. Some people may have noticed that African Americans are incarcerated in state prisons across the country at more than five times the rate of whites, and more in some states. Homeownership for Black Americans is at its lowest level since the 1960s, and there has never been a time when a majority of Black people owned a home.
Poverty rates for the American Indians (the original land owners) is three times that of whites, and the education attainments of Native Americans are the worst of any ethnic group in the country.
To say these trends are not related to history is to ignore them.
But you're not ready to learn about all this. You're too young, and frankly, I'm afraid it will make you feel bad about what happened in our history. I'm afraid it will make you feel guilty. Like you have to apologize for something you did not do.
I'm also afraid it will ruin the majority's standing in society from guaranteed opportunity to guaranteed opportunity alongside a little more competition.
You see, we are in a culture war right now (I plan on using this line every year for the rest of my life, BTW). At any point in time, any one of our children could be the unsuspecting victim of too much education. Although unlikely, it is possible that a graduate-level academic theory that has been reviewed, discussed and rigorously debated over the last 35 years might be taught in elementary schools, and our kids might feel bad about the factual history about overt racism and genocide. Our students may even learn more true things about American History that sours their opinion on a historic figure, or worse yet, changes the way they view and vote on economic policies. We can't have that.
While I understand that history is an important part of a fully rounded education, still, examining laws and their social outcomes is something we've buried long ago and shouldn't have to spend any more time dredging it up again. The Liberal elites who are trying to poison our young minds by introducing an academic examination of history should be squashed, if nothing else, to save our consciences.
I'm talking about Critical Race Theory (which we will also call CRT sometimes). As you'll see on the internet: "Critical Race Theory is an academic movement of civil-rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine U.S. law as it intersects with issues of race in the U.S. and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice." CRT is not taught in schools actually, but that doesn't matter. CRT is a movement which studies social outcomes, so anything that looks like it, that is, the study of race related issues, needs to be demonized.
If too much time goes by before we put a stop to this madness, before you know it, we will be studying American History in its entirety, and no longer be focused on preferred narratives that uplift us as the greatest nation in the world, iconizing the aryan.
In all of this struggle for social stability, there is nobody in more danger than a white person right now. The whites have worked hard, their ancestors have stolen land fair and square, their grandparents had segregated schools, and we people currently known as the majority are successfully controlling the direction of the country and in most cases, the world. Why would you want that to change?
We don't want that to change. We've built a significant military to make sure of it. We've compelled our schools to pledge allegiance to the flag, not to truth, so let's root out any resemblance of it if it is uncomfortable. We're the land of the brave, and we have laws, local policing and prisons to punish those that don't comply with the rules. The liberal left is trying to take it all away from you. For someone to take your standing in society as the dominant power is not something you should stand for.
Even Mike Pence knows to be critical of Critical Race Theory. The former Vice President spoke on the topic of CRT in a speech in New Hampshire in June, 2021. He stated that "America is not a racist nation", which is evidenced by 246 years of legal slavery and founding governing policies such as the three fifths compromise, by redlining and by Jim Crow laws. Pence said "we must eliminate Critical Race Theory at every level." and warned us of its dangers as the "full-throated assault aimed at the heart of the American experiment."
The American Experiment has been underway for many years now, and there is much to learn from its findings, including about the oppression of poverty. But rest assured, we will not subject you to these findings because we don't want to upset the apple cart when everything is going so well for you.
The risks of our students learning about CRT are far reaching. To date, critics of CRT consist of leaders in land ownership, voting access, employment, and wealth in general. It's a real risk that the water may be poisoned against these people in power, lowering their status in society. It's not unlikely that our brothers and sisters of European descent may now face hardship because of no longer having the leverage of being a majority in power.
In 1998, Dave Matthews released a song about Colonists settling a land, forcing Natives off of their homeland by slaughtering them. The closing lyrics allude to the lasting impact of the conflict by warning of the blood tainted water from the slaughter of the Natives.
Don't drink the water. There's blood in the water.