Critical Race Theory Promoted on National Holiday

( – Critical race theory and anti-capitalism rhetoric have marked the 2023 federal holiday Martin Luther King Day, which takes place on the third Monday of January each year. Rather than call for legal and political equality, economic equality is now at the forefront. President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Derrick Johnson has called for student debt relief to close the “racial wealth gap”. Such rhetoric mirrors that of extreme groups like Black Lives Matter who seek an end to capitalism.

“As we look to the New Year, the NAACP will continue to push forward in the fight to cancel student debt, champion efforts to dismantle white supremacy, and ensure justice for all.” Johnson said.

Critical race theory, which has been banned from schools in some states, claims that “white supremacy” means whites are automatically advantaged and that any economic gap between black and white is the result of racism. The solution is to dismantle the capitalist structure on which Western civilization depends. It also means prioritizing people of one skin color over another – the very antithesis of the teachings of Martin Luther King, who said he dreamed of a day when people would not be judged by the color of their skin.

The White House under Biden has endorsed these theories. In 2021, Biden said he would invest $100 billion in black-owned businesses. The government said it would award 10% of federal contracts to “small disadvantaged businesses.” This is understood to mean businesses with non-white owners and would result in the government discriminating along racial lines.

According to the NAACP, canceling student debt is central to closing the wealth gap. The group claims that black students suffer disproportionately. “Let’s be real, student debt is crushing black America,” said Derrick Johnson.

There is no evidence however that white students from poor backgrounds have any advantage over their black counterparts.

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