A Republican from Michigan openly opposed critically examining the law and challenging mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice.
Ben Carson joined a growing chorus of dissent against the controversial critical race theory (CRT) movement in education.
The previous housing and urban development secretary suggested the Democratic Party has seized on CRT (also known as the 1619 Project) as a political weapon to fight what it calls systemic racism.
Democrats claim so-called prejudice against people belonging to another race has deeply infiltrated the spine of U.S. history, dating back to the nation’s founding. Although slavery was abolished after the Civil War, CRT supporters claim racism and discrimination still exists.
However, Carson warns this mindset risks creating more harmful divisions in the community.
“[CRT] is about dividing people, it is about creating the kind of division and strife that allows control,” he said at Turning Point USA’s student action summit according to Breitbart. “We have all heard the phrase, ‘divide and conquer’–that is what it is about.”
The African American does not believe the United States has a history of racism. Otherwise, the Civil War would have never abolished slavery.
“Slavery is not unique to the United States of America,” he said according to the publication. “There has been slavery since there has been societies in the world, and today there are more slaves in the world than there were in 1863 when the Emancipation Proclamation was put forth.”
The 69-year-old acknowledged having to work hard without proper compensation or appreciation is deadful.
“It was a horrible, horrible institution but we are not unique in that sense,” he said. “We were unique in another sense–we were willing to fight a civil war to stop it.”
The Republican is concerned spreading CRT can only fuel more hatred in the community instead of achieving its so-called goal of ending racism.
“This divisive ideology seeks to replace the traditional American value of equality of opportunity, with a regime that assumes all white people are racist oppressors, and labels all racial minorities as victims,” he said according to Fox News.
He explained CRT was founded on Marxism, the doctrine that created communism. Core beliefs of this ideology include undemocratically electing a dictator to rule the country and declaring all property is community owned.
“While the classical Marxism from which CRT was born focuses on class conflict, CRT substitutes class for race,” he said according to the broadcaster. “[This is] wholly ignoring the demonstrated failure of Marxist ideologies–unlike the people of Cuba who are protesting against Marxist failures at this very moment.”
Carson deplored Oregon and other U.S. states that unwittingly endorsed CRT to show how much hate the curriculum brings to future generations.
“Massive rioting in Portland and other parts of the country, whose damage has made them the most costly riots in U.S. history, are the fruits of a generation raised on racial grievance indoctrination,” he said.
CRT has even found its way into the judicial system. The Republican claims prosecutors are increasingly adopting the same ideologies that lose right-judgment on how to treat dangerous criminals.
“Big city prosecutors, also steeped in CRT ideology, are often letting violent rioters go free,” he said. “This does nothing more than free criminals to continue menacing their communities and victimize the very disadvantaged populations the radicals claim to be protecting.”
He is concerned to hear young students, particularly Caucasians, are taught their family roots and backgrounds are nothing to be proud of. This could lead to self-esteem problems, he warned.
“What would that do to a young person? And, if that is not enough, you may not be a girl or a boy,” he said according to Breitbart. “Now, how are you supposed to develop an appropriate self-image with all of this coming at you?”
The Republican believes studying CRT in childhood would have discouraged him from achieving his full potential later in life.
“Growing up poor in Detroit, if I had believed–as CRT proponents claim–that my destiny was based on my race, I would not be where I am today,” he said according to Fox News. “We cannot allow CRT to rob American children of that same hope that was instilled in me.”
He suggests school teaching material should focus on good samaritans who sacrificed their lives to keep America the Land of the Free.
“That makes us very unique, and that is what we should be teaching our children,” he said according to Breitbart. “There were people who were willing to give their lives to stop such a horrible institution from flourishing in our country.”