They’ve got the wrong victims!
The proponents of Critical Race Theory (CRT) miss the mark in their quest for social justice. They look at the world and, in particular, the United States by dividing it between the oppressed and oppressors. Whites, for example, are oppressors; people of color, oppressed. On the international stage, Israel is an oppressor (never mind that Israelis are as much people of color as Palestinians and other Middle East races); the Palestinians are oppressed. CRT is Marx straight up, combining the theories of Karl with the gravitas of Groucho. It tells us that once oppressed, always oppressed, as “even in the absence of present oppression, descendants of past oppression victims remain permanent victims.”
CRT comes to the world from American universities. This means, of course, that it’s utter nonsense. American universities are notorious for producing volumes of social theories that offer mediocre university professors in the social sciences and humanities the opportunity for publication, and something to talk about in the faculty lounge.
The message: Forget about hard work, perseverance, healthy lifestyles and habits that contribute to a godly life, a well-lived life. Better to spend your time playing victim—the work is easier, and you have a chance at striking it rich by hitting the grifter’s lottery. Just look at the millions of dollars snapped up by the Black Lives Matter leadership and spent on luxuries, or the hundreds of millions diverted by Palestinian leadership into private bank accounts.
But let’s stand Critical Race Theory on its head, and at the same time truly help those left behind this academic nonsense. You want victims? I’ll give you victims: Jews! And in keeping with the Marxist paradigm that permeates Critical Race Theory, that all of the ills of humanity can be traced back to a single root cause (whiteness, whatever that is), I give you the granddaddy of all root causes: anti-Semitism.
If we have to talk victims, then a much more robust theory of societal transformation would be Critical Jew Theory (CJT). CJT looks at society through the lens of anti-Semitism, not race. Even more than race, the inequities in American society and, indeed, the world can be traced to the enduring legacy of anti-Semitism. Personal and institutional anti-Semitism has always existed and continues to exist.
You want victims? You got victims: Jews. Throughout history, Jews—when not enslaved or murdered–have been victimized by anti-Semitic hate, robbed of their freedoms and possessions, vilely stereotyped. and held back from rising to their true level of achievement and place in society. Critical Jew Theory (CJT) has the advantage of a much more rigorous foundation than Critical Race Theory (CRT). A quick scan of both history and current hate crime statistics attest to its validity. The latest roundup of FBI hate crime statistics shows that, while overall hate crimes increased by less than 3 percent, American Jews are experiencing double digit hate increases, a 14% increase in the latest crime roundup. Now, more than 60% of all hate crimes in the US take place against Jews. And around the world, more than a quarter of adults hold anti-Semitic beliefs, and more than three-quarters in the Middle East.
But, you say, Jews didn’t experience slavery! To that I reply, hey, that’s what comes from learning history in American public schools, and left-dominated universities. Jews have been periodically enslaved for almost 4,000 years, not to mention murdered in numerous genocides. Jews were slaves when slavery wasn’t cool.
CJT takes into account the systemic injustices arising from millennia of persecution. When Jews have been fortunate enough to escape ethnic cleansing, they’ve been faced with a tsunami of laws and edicts, in both the Old World and New World, forbidding them to own property, marry, have children, engage in commerce, etc. The Jews of Israel have tens of thousands of rockets pointe at them—and it’s not because of their color.
CRT demands reparations for American slavery. CJT would insist that there are few nations or American states that don’t owe reparations to the Jews. For example, Egypt—which enslaved every Jew in the ancient world for centuries—would have to declare bankruptcy and turn itself over to American Jews, almost all of whom are direct descendants of those ancestors persecuted by Yul Brynner, Egypt’s leader at the time.
Instead of focusing on the grievances of the past, however, CJT would focus on the future to the benefit of all. The leveling demanded by social justice means that equity is achieved by raising the underachievers rather than quashing achievement. To accomplish this, CJT would begin the transformation of American education by launching an education initiative that will focus on remedying the ills that systemic anti-Semitism has visited upon American society. It is telling that, while 59% of the Jews in the United States have graduated college, that number is only 27% for the nation as a whole. Jews have compensated for systemic anti-Semitism by focusing on achievement; although comprising 2.2% of the population, they have been awarded 40 percent of the Nobel prizes won by American scientists; Jewish achievements are the foundation of modern medicine (they invented the specialties of cardiology and pediatric care, for example); homes would have coal and gas lamps without Jewish scientific innovations; and, perhaps most critical to American civilization, a Jew invented the television remote control device—the ‘Clicker.’
A serious proposal? No, but the point is that you don’t produce equity by forcing all to the lowest level of achievement, as is happening in the U.S. Instead, insist upon high expectations. The Judeo-Christian worldview has gifted the world a wonderful standard of living through its emphasis on the primacy, rights and achievement of the individual. Critical Race Theory seeks to produce a sense of helplessness and dependency.
Life may be unfair, even grim and tragic at times. You can always find something to be unhappy about. But sometimes the best answer to people displaying eternal grievance may be “Oh, suck it up. Concentrate on your studies…or do your job.” http://gty.im/171346739
Hard work. Perseverance. Quite the biblical principles.