Honor Martin Luther King Jr. today by rejecting critical race theory

Having fled communist Cuba as a political refugee, I grew up in a school system that created a false reality through Marxism.

Castro’s regime tried to mold us into what Che Guevara called the ‘new man and new woman’ – who could reform their ‘individual conscience’ to rid themselves of their traits of greed, selfishness and selfishness to embrace a “collective spirit”.

Fidel Castro founded his Marxist revolution on hatred by relying on grievances. As part of this, he waged class warfare, destroyed monuments, controlled the language, and revised Cuban history to undermine our progress with the goal of creating a “classless society” where there was no ‘oppression.

As Castro pushed his false reality of Marxist ideas about Cubans, Martin Luther King Jr. asked Americans to replace hatred with hope and instead join him in an achievable goal – to live in a society that judged people on their character, not the color of their skin. .

Today, just as during the Cuban Revolution, a small but influential segment of the population wants to force others to accept their false reality by placing race at the forefront of all human interactions in the form of a critical theory of race, which now seeps into the primary. education.

A fresher descendant of Marxism, CRT evolved from critical theory out of the Frankfurt School in Germany and came to Columbia University. Like Critical Theory and Marxism, which oversimplified society into two groups, the oppressed and the oppressors, the CRT goes even further by dividing society into black and white.

Just as Marxism was imposed on my peers and me as a child, CRT is an equally dangerous ideology to impose on impressionable young people who lack the knowledge base and cognitive ability to question that race is not the only variable explaining our politics, laws and culture. .

The CRT is a recipe for destroying American institutions and an ideology that creates the same kind of division, suspicion and hatred that Guevara and Castro preached against Cuba’s middle and wealthy classes that has led to the worst suffering of my people and to the separation of families.

King’s goal was not to increase antagonism between the different races, but rather “to learn to live as brothers” or, as he warned, “together we shall be forced to perish as fools”.

Rather than instilling a passion for individual achievement in young people, black students are taught that they are oppressed victims solely on the basis of the color of their skin, and CRT is sold as the antidote while students white people are told that they and their ancestors are vile racists based on superficial qualities beyond their control.

What are elementary school students supposed to think when they hear this from their teachers?

The result is the same resentment and undeserved guilt that Marxism instilled in Cuba. This is not the way to promote racial harmony, but rather to polarize society.

The real gift of King’s advocacy for color blindness was that it provided a real model for people of all races and creeds to get along peacefully and respectfully with one another.

The CRT, however, aims to dismantle this structure in favor of one that pits people against each other with the false reality that our problems can be solved by being racially aware. But as the global failure of Marxism has already taught us, false realities offer false solutions and result in disappointment, conflict and the repression of freedom.

Like the Marxist-Leninist “Young Pioneers” student organizations in Cuba and the Soviet Union, these children who spent their formative years steeped in CRT propaganda will have distorted unrealistic expectations about the real world. As Voltaire said, “the perfect is the enemy of the good”.

Apathy towards discrimination is unacceptable, but so is being bullied into accepting a flawed ideology that sows resentment and divides us into racial tribes. As King said, Americans “are bound in one garment of fate. America’s language, cultural patterns, music, material prosperity and even food are an amalgam of black and white.

Instead of trying to impose equality like Castro and Guevara did in Cuba, King helped America create a society that provided equal access and opportunity under the law without race-based restrictions – a society where the individual was recognized for the choices they made, not the color of their skin.

Let’s honor King by evolving into the more color-blind society he dreamed of.

• Gelet Martinez Fragela is the founder and editor-in-chief of the international news sites ADN America (www.adnamerica.com) and ADN Cuba (www.adncuba.com).

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