Opinion – On this Independence Day weekend, while many patriotic Americans celebrate the founding of the greatest democratic experiment in modern history, many others are loudly screaming that the 4th of July doesn’t represent them. For all those who naively believe that Critical Race Theory (CRT) or the New York Times’ ‘1619 Project,’ or the BLM movement and the entire ‘anti-racism’ agenda is just about talking or teaching about racism in America, or about police abuse – reality check.
No, it absolutely, positively, is not.
It is instead, all about undermining the entire structure America has been built on by labeling it all as fundamentally – or ‘systemically’ – racist and therefore needing to be torn down – in its entirety.
This is why they protest the national anthem and the American flag – and now – yes, the 4th of July.
… July 4th and other patriotic holidays are on the purge list. The radical agenda to reimagine civic memory would reconceptualize Independence Day as an event not worth celebrating or, even “better,” a day to protest against what is wrong with America.
One of the most prominent controversies in the culture wars swirls around curriculum that would implement concepts introduced by Critical Race Theory, the 1619 Project and anti-racist doctrine. These beliefs insist that our nation’s civic structures are inherently oppressive, biased, and racist. Historical persons and events become fodder for this fight because historical memories are the billboards of these racist structures. They must be torn down.
…If this agenda wins out, the rising generation of Americans will grow up unable to describe what happened on Independence Day, much less its critical importance to the worldwide advance of human rights and liberty. They will know it only as an important occasion for criticizing and denigrating the idea of America.
…make no mistake; there is no honor in what the would-be re-interpreters of America’s holidays have in store for America. Their agenda is not about education. It is about indoctrination—indoctrination that would overturn how America is governed.
Critical Race Theory as civics education offers, perhaps, the starkest example of a radical political agenda hiding under the guise of objective inquiry in search of a just society. This method of query is rooted in Marxist ideology…
The primary purpose of all the neo-Marxist ‘Critical Theories’ was never about education but about creating ‘critical’ instruments to criticize and undermine the moral and political legitimacy of American democratic and capitalist society to justify replacing it with new political orders based on Marxist thought.
This is why Americans who believe that while the country is imperfect it is still worthy of honoring and defending, must fight to preserve what generations of Americans fought and died for – not just our structures and institutions, but our history and holidays.
As Carafano writes: “…Independence Day should be marked to affirm the importance of political freedoms and recognize the importance of fighting to secure and protect them.”
And this requires strongly rejecting CRT, 1619 Project, and all the rest of the so-called ‘anti-racist’ agenda. This isn’t about racism, it’s about the 4th of July. ADN