Welcome to when playtime is over, our goal is to stimulate thought and conversation, not to convert your perspective. As always for those who are easily offended emotions will not be needed so please check your feelings at the door.
Why the past matters for the future.
If history suddenly doesn’t matter now then why would telling it accurately and truthfully matter along with why it so important for you to sugar coat it? Critical race theory has been a hotbed issue of late and not because it is divisive or misunderstood but because it is both liberating and accusatory by history’s revelations. As the Big Tuna once said regarding football “you are what your record says you are”.
Here are ten queries of critical race theory that may clarify any misconceptions regarding its purpose, intent, or content for you to ponder. It is not to assign oppressed or oppressor status to anyone but to either accurately tell history or discontinue the deceptions regarding the historically known facts.
One. Who has more to gain or lose by the truth being exposed? Is it the victims of the racial atrocities and prey of crimes against humanity which are not exclusive to the Black or Native American experience? Could it be the Caucasian/British Colonial Anglo-Saxon European transgressor’s modern day descendant’s image that is at risk? What was done for hundreds of years is done, what do they have to gain now which has not already been gained?
The transgressors stand to lose their societal masquerade as superior, privileged, religious, honorable, and the beat goes on. Can this be the real reason to oppose the truth of critical race theory teachings as being irrelevant to history? If the truth is irrelevant then how could the manipulation of it passed as the truth be more acceptable when we know it to be a lie?
Two. If the Confederate heritage is so great and endearing why not reveal the totality of it for all to see in all of its infinite glory and brutal deeds to arrive at the point where it is today portrayed as the apex of conservative values and southern civility? Why would there be shame and division associated with the true unadulterated history of America or the experiences of any race here in America including yours? There is plenty of shame to go around yours and ours.
Three. How much longer do you think that these original sins can be concealed from your children as they are being vomited forth revealing the degree of depravity that this country and your ancestors committed?
If it is not your crimes, actions, brutality, or inhumanity that were committed long ago, does it not become yours when you embrace, conceal, or support its heritage and continued perpetuation by deceit and privilege today? Will it not be more devastating for your children to learn that the truth was withheld from them, that they were purposely deceived by the ones they trust the most, you?
Four. If your actions were not divisive and destructive then how can the revelations of them be divisive or detrimental to the self-image of yourself or your children? Why would there be any shame attached to them if they were noble in cause or actions? It is not to promote inferiority or superiority but truth and a factual depiction of America.
Five. If there are those who would protest CRT as indoctrinating their children with the truthful history of this country, where is their concern for historically and criminally indoctrinating other races and nationalities children with lies about America?
Then what you complain about would be the very thing that you have committed against others and refuse to acknowledge or discontinue but resist subjecting your children to the truth? What manner of nonsense is readily taught in schools today without the truth being revealed?
Should we start with the genocidal thief Christopher Columbus or the first President of the United States of America, slave owner and friend to slavery George Washington? Andrew Jackson, another President, did more than any other person in the history of the United States to exterminate the Native Americans, so should that also be put on the twenty-dollar bill in honor of his accomplishments?
Six. Need we look any further than a adult former daytime talk show host who would proudly state that “everyone knows Jesus and Santa Claus are white” as evidence that factual and cultural brainwashing is real?
Is this blasphemous against the Christ to be compared to a fictional commercialized character? Is this blasphemous against the bible to depict Jesus in any likeness especially one where the rest of him is a different color than his bronze feet? This is the danger of growing old and being blinded to the truth.
What is the purpose of a blue-eyed blond hair white Jesus if not propaganda and the perpetuation of a lie? How many casual deceptions are embraced as truth? Why lie when the truth would be sufficient or would it? Would CRT violate your religious covenant to persecute, exploit, and exterminate races you deem inferior using the bible as justification? Would CRT prove these races not to have been inferior but instead exploited?
Seven. Are there any accomplishments in this country that Black people were not here for and participated in achieving? From Crispus Attucks who was the first to die in the liberation of this country from British rule or the Industrial Revolution and the cotton gin whose idea was a slave named Sam which is what really so-called “ended slavery” and gave America an economic competitive edge? Every war this country has ever had involved Black participation to win, such as The Tuskegee Airmen contribution!
Eight. Every perceived measure of negative human endeavor in America reflects the history attributed to or associated with blacks from lack of education, lack of wealth, natural tendency for criminal conduct, drug addiction, scattered family tree, other negative stereotypes, and so on except for the pervasive racial injustices committed against blacks? Can’t mention that part because it makes you look and feel bad. Imagine how bad we feel and look being on the receiving end. Bet you wouldn’t trade feelings and switch places would you?
So everyone’s record is their record except for yours? If the past should not be levied against you then why not let it also be everyone especially for crimes and atrocities which are less than the injustices you committed. Shall we now indiscriminately do away with your accountability but not others? If we can not tell your history are we also forbidden to tell ours? Is it not a shared history?
Can the Confederate Heritage be a source of pride but the Confederate deed a source of shame? Is not slavery the defining element of contention of the Confederate resistance? Should the truth of slave atrocities be ignored but the stain of the Confederacy tolerated? If you are so proud of the Confederacy then surely your children can not be ashamed of the history associated with it, can they?
Nine. Why deny CRT, is it necessary to stroke fear and deceit while in the annuls of history and the recesses of your mind it can’t be concealed without history shamefully betraying the truth? Is it your obsession with race or with history and the intellectual pursuit of accuracy that you fear being revealed?
The factual pursuit of history can not be racist unless the history itself was racist at its core and the practice immoral. If there is already equality then why would parity be needed with you still enjoying concessions that no one else enjoys but you?
Ten. Why does your American dream and core conservative values have to be a discriminatory nightmare for so many? As your demographic advantage shrinks it would seem wise to minimize racial considerations despite the historical blemishes of your morality.
Lingering resentment dismissed by denying and perpetuating the sin only fosters the continuation of it remaining an issue that should have long ago been put to rest. Denying the hurt will not make the pain go away.
Since you will not feel other’s pain then do you fear others will not feel yours if such a day would come? No longer do all others have to beg and submit themselves to your graces and permission or denounce their identity to assimilate with you, so do you feel the grasp of your grip slipping while losing control to exploit or convert others? Has the curtain finally been pulled?
You have nothing to fear but yourself as your biggest threat to yourself by insisting on a weak adaptation of a stolen Nazi ideology and slogan to make America great again. Variations of this ideology sully your fragile self-image creating a moral inferiority insistent upon hiding the truth. Hitler was able to rise on make Germany great again propaganda.
This concept at its core eliminates not only certain races but religious freedoms, sexual identifications, economic viabilities, and marginalizes everyone except the white prototypes. Your denial and refusal to deal with the historical truth through CRT or any other substantial means of truth only exacerbates the problem and prolongs its relevance.
If we should get over having it done to us, how much easier should it be for you to get over having done it? Feelings and self-images cannot take precedence over truth. What damage could the truth do to your history that it has not done to ours? Let’s be reasonable and forthright that to make for a sustainable society we need education and correction not continued concealment and oblivious posturing.
We cannot live in the past but the past should not be thriving in the present and into the future. It is not only unreasonable but unwise to reject viable solutions when projecting the harmful affects of its continued opposition into the future.
The first step of admission of historical fact as a beginning to a solution for these actions which are too enormous to simply forget or cover up. They are problematic seeing how you will not allow healing by continuing to deny and promote the mentality of injustice. Currently it is not so much the act as the mentality and tolerance of the justifications without remorse or accountability.
When will it be time to teach the historical accuracy of the truth since silence and pretending will no longer cover this deeply a national wound? This is a wound that infects all directly or indirectly and globally. Has the time come to tell the truth as a reflection of history not race, guilt, or blame but fact? Contaminated soil can only produce a poison tree. The foundati9on of truth and education changes the mentality on all sides re-aligning the future.
Critical race theory is incidental to race but essential to history progressing through to the future. Race only matters in the identification of the victims and perpetrators because the acts speak for themselves just as the identity of any parties participation.
More important than the race factor is the the historic manipulation, minimization, and ignoring of the intentional occurrences that formed this country. If history and heritage is so important shouldn’t it be important to depict it factually? The past would then become a contrast to the improvement that has been made since that time otherwise the albatross continues to hand from the dignity of this country.
With humanity seemingly on the brink of another evolution through science, technology, biology, quantum physics, medicine, space exploration, and yes maybe self-destruction can we afford to adhere to politics and policies which are antiquated or detrimental to the expansion of our societal evolution?
We can just surmise that change, nature, science, and universal forces do not care or respond to what we think or want but to their own harmonic circadian rhythm according to physics and evolution without our consent. Time will only move forward even if we remain stagnant.
Anything without flexibility to bend is snapped or broken, the past matters as a lesson for adaptation and evolution to survive. We already know there are powers beyond our denial or resistance such as time, history, and change. We cannot change history or avoid change but can affect the future.
The theoretic mission statement and tenants of this country’s founding needs to finally ring true from sea to shining sea for all who occupy it or collapse will follow. Those who forget the past are condemn to repeat it same as the insanity of those who refuse to change seeking a different result when the current condition is unsustainable.
Are we all that naïve to believe that the white race or any other race on this earth is superior to the entirety of all universes and dimensions that exist? Or for that matter any race on this earth inferior? Are we to sacrifice the future living a historical lie that breeds dissatisfaction for far too many?
History is not a condemnation of anyone or their children be it accusatory of the oppressed or oppressor but the liberation from the ignorance of its past over time absolves all of its grip. Facing the truth of the past rids us of our collective shame only if we veer from the same mistakes in the future. That is where the shame lies for us and our children to continue it on our watch
The past can instruct on the future with lessons learned being applied otherwise it is just a sprint, a senseless race to implosion. Now, how is that for a critical race theory?
Thurston K Atlas
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