We must stand up together for American principles

German Marxist founders of the Frankfort School of Critical Theory built the political program on the theory of class conflict. If workers understood the imbalance of power in the German Republic they would seize production, overthrow the capitalist class and usher in a new socialism. Running from the Nazi government in the 1930s, some professors escaped and came to Columbia University in the United States.

Rather than abandon their agenda, I believe they modified their theory to include the social and racist unrest of the 1960s. To promote the social unrest necessary for conflict and revolution, Marxist professors renamed their political program critical race theory in the 1990s.

I think critical race theory is an academic discipline built on the intellectual framework of identity-based Marxism. Relegated for many years to universities and obscure academic journals, it has over the past decade become the default ideology in some of our public institutions. It has been injected into government agencies, public schools systems, teacher training programs and corporate human resources departments, in the form of diversity training programs, human resources modules, public policy frameworks and school curricula.

Rather than using terms such as neo-Marxism, they use euphemisms such as equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, and culturally responsive teaching to describe critical race theory.

Americans are having a difficult time speaking up about this issue as critical race theorists have constructed their argument like a mousetrap. Disagreement with their program becomes evidence of dissenters’ white fragility, unconscious bias or internalized white supremacy. Americans across the spectrum have failed to separate the promise of critical race theory from its conclusion. We have failed to force these defenders of this revolutionary ideology to defend the practical consequences of their ideas in the realm of politics. Critical race theorists must be confronted with and forced to speak to the facts.

All school boards in West Virginia can be taken to court, according to West Virginia law. There they must defend themselves not only on the issue of critical race but also masking of children in schools. The citizens will be allowed to speak. It’s our choice. It’s easy to stop a lone dissenter; it’s much harder to stop 10, 20, 100, 1,000 or more who stand up together in a court for the principles of America. It’s our choice.

Jim Hinebaugh

Maysville, W.Va.

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