Sunday, November 29, 2020

French Intellectuals Reject Critical Race Theory

Several years ago, before America was ruled by the big bad Trump, France suffered a series of horrific terrorist attacks. As was his wont, our woke president at the time, one Barack Obama, refused to condemn the Islamist terrorism that had provoked the attacks. Better yet, when asked about the terrorists who murdered people in a kosher supermarket, the woke Obama refused to denounce the anti-Semitism involved. He also refused to send a senior government official to attend a protest march against Islamist terrorism.

For that he has received limitless plaudits from the idiot wing of the American Jewish community.

Anyway, critical race theory, currently infecting the minds of American schoolchildren, did not just emerge fully grown during the Black Lives Matter insurrection. It was alive and well, marinating during the Obama presidency, a time when the president’s actions, his successes and failures were ignored because-- of who he was, not for anything he accomplished. Surely, he is the only human being ever to receive a Nobel Peace Prize, not for doing anything, but for being who he was.

Anyway, the theoretical foundation for such actions lies in what is called Critical Race Theory. It is a variant on the Black Liberation Theology preached by one Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Apparently, Barack Obama sat in Wright’s pews for twenty years and did not notice what was being preached.

Now, American schoolchildren are being indoctrinated in this very same theory, which teaches that America was founded to promote and sustain slavery. See the New York Times historical distortion called the 1619 Project. It also teaches that white people are responsible for all of he world’s evil and that black people and people of color must join together to overthrow the white supremacist hegemony.

It is a piece of theoretical stupidity, the kind of nonsense that arrives when you discard objective standards for validating ideas and substitute identity-- meaning that the race or gender of the person who promotes the ideas makes them correct or incorrect. This means that anti-racist morons like Robin diAngelo and Ibram X. Kendi are praised as great minds, regardless of the quality of their work.

While America strolls merrily down the path of self-deconstruction-- destroy the minds of America’s children and you are on the road to destitution and desolation-- the French government of Emmanuel Macron has taken a stand against Islamist terrorism-- the kind that Barack Obama refused to name-- and also against American Critical Race Theory.

One notes that Macron is a center left politician. He is not part of the vast right wing conspiracy. 

One notes that the Trump administration had already banned American government agencies from promulgating Critical Race Theory. And that the presumably incoming Biden administration, more woke than thou and certainly more diverse, is certain to bring it back.

If you were feeling optimistic about the state of the American mind, give it a good rethink.

Anyway, the Macron government in France, reeling over recent terrorist attacks, has openly denounced American Critical Race theory. It is warning the French school system against adopting this mindless and useless and dangerous theoretical aberration.

In addition, 100 important French academics also denounced Critical Race Theory as a danger to republican government and to rational thought. Maybe we can bring a few of them over here, for some serious anti-anti racism training.

The Unz Review has the story:

Earlier in the month, Macron’s Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer railed against the alien infiltration of American “Critical Race Theory” in the French social sciences. This is in the context of Black Lives Matter style violence that engulfed France over the summer, which surprised and angered the population.

100 prominent French academics signed a letter affirming Blanquer’s statement, and calling for the French people to defeat an “American” ideology that preaches hatred of “whites” (a word that, unlike Trump, they explicitly used) and the indigenous Gallo-Romans of France. While the academics and Blanquer primarily blame Saudi-funded Islamist preachers for the death of Samuel Paty, they also believe US influence on their intellectuals has made it socially acceptable to murder white people.

In an interview with a French journal, Blanquer reiterated this sentiment, “There is a fight to be waged against an intellectual matrix coming from American universities and intersectional theses that want to essentialize communities and identities, at the antipodes of the Republican model, which postulates the equality between human beings, independently of their characteristics of origin, sex, religion. It is the breeding ground for a fragmentation of societies that converges with the Islamic model.”

For some strange reason it took left-of-center French politicians to see that Critical Race Theory teaches people to hate white people. If you or your children are white, it teaches self-loathing. But this also makes it more acceptable to kill white people, to attack the police with Molotov cocktails and lasers, to burn and loot their businesses.

Of course, journalists are saying that Macron is merely asserting his bona fides as a terrorist fighter. How better to prepare to run against Marine Le Pen in 2022. We would do better to put our cynicism aside and imagine that he is addressing a real problem, with a courage that our 44th president could never muster.

Considering that France is some 9% Muslim, that Muslims live in No-Go zones, and that Muslim cultural values, the ones that allow one to decapitate a schoolteacher for showing a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, he is showing a level of political courage that is alien to America’s Democratic Party.

One trusts that Americans do not believe that their new foray into anti-racism is going to earn them plaudits among our traditional allies. Remember that the American left has been whining in their crying towels over how much Donald Trump alienated America’s traditional allies. In truth, it appears that Critical Race Theory has made America look like a band of imbeciles, a nation whose cultural aberrations ought not to be emulated.



trigger warning said...

"Apparently, Barack Obama sat in Wright’s pews for twenty years and did not notice what was being preached."

I think he noticed...

"Rev. Wright is an example of somebody who – supremely gifted preacher, Trinity United Church of Christ obviously outside Chicago had an amazing ministry, still does. And I was very close to a lot of people in that congregation as well as Rev. Wright..."
--- Barack Obama (11/20)

OTOH, your comments about French "intellectuals" getting red-pilled vis-a-vis the "intellectual matrix" are spot-on.

whitney said...

"during the Obama presidency, a time when the president’s actions, his successes and failures were ignored because-- of who he was"

But it wasn't because of who he was, was it? That "who" implies the unique individual, separate and distinct from all other individuals on Earth was the reason he was treated like he was but in truth it was because of "what" he was. He is part of a monolith, the "what" is the only thing that mattered

Sam L. said...

Yay for Macron! Amazed, I am.
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Sam L. said...

"Apparently, Barack Obama sat in Wright’s pews for twenty years and did not notice what was being preached." My guess is that he just zoned out. And has, ever since. Beneath him, that/those is/are.

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