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Ignoronics: Critical Race Theory’s ancestors

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In 1997 there was a massive push to get a newly created “language” made official so it could be required in education and accepted everywhere. They called it “Ebonics”, the combination of Ebony (black) and Phonics (sound or language). In reality, it was an effort to gain funding for a huge government infrastructure to not only “make it OK” but actually make it important to  learn and understand the language of the streets. The uneducated misuse of English, primarily in majority black communities.

Here’s an article I wrote about it at the time. This was submitted as a “letter to the Editor” for the Opinion page of the Los Angeles Times. I don’t think they ever printed it.

My satirical tone should be evident, but, though tongue-in-cheek, I was quite serious about the faulty thinking behind this attempt to alter our society by lowering our standards for language and education. 

The reason I’m publishing it today is to draw your attention to the strategies, tactics and actions of those who are pushing yet another idea that cannot be documented with facts: Critical Race Theory. Likewise this applies to the racist concept called “The 1619 Project.”

Letter to the Editor – In other words, “to whom it may concern.”

Subject: Ignoronics Education

Date: First written in 1997, revised in 2021

From: Business author & speaker, Jim Cathcart

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Author’s note: “Ebonics” is not a language. Treating it as such is an insult to the uneducated and an ineffective attempt to legitimize their ignorance. Taken seriously, and considering its broader implications, the following is worth your consideration.

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In light of the recent flap over the so-called “Ebonics”, I feel it is imperative that someone speak up for the other neglected minorities. Several million citizens of this country are educationally handicapped by the fact that they grew up in an American subculture that has its own “language.”

Their access to the American Dream is limited by the fact that their teachers often don’t look like them and don’t speak the same language that they do. In fact, their teachers haven’t even been trained in how to relate “standard” English to the English variation spoken within their subculture. This causes feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem.

We can’t continue to disenfranchise these citizens. They and their families work, vote and pay taxes in the United States and deserve equal access to a good public education. It is only right that we dedicate some of the public resources, money, to the creation of specialized training materials, teacher training seminars, teaching tools and increased public awareness of their problem. In this way they will feel more a part of the classes and be more likely to understand “standard” English.

Granted, only through the understanding and use of “standard” English will they be able to succeed. After all, the entire business community and media networks upon which our nation relies use “standard” English as their primary and, in most cases, only language. For that matter, the business community worldwide considers “standard” English the dominant language. Those who are not knowledgeable and skilled in the use of this language are indeed limited in their ability to get jobs, vote wisely, make sales, earn promotions, capture opportunities, solve problems, or just basically get by. We must correct this situation.

The disenfranchised groups to which I refer above are:

Rednecks, Foul Mouths, Hicks, Hillbillies, Street people (formerly known as “Hoboes”), Women (girl talk), Men (guy talk), Spanglish-speakers and possibly even more.

These folks deserve a break. Really. Each of them meets the basic criteria for consideration as a genuine subculture with its own language. Not slang mind you, but real languages.

  •          They have an identifiable culture. These cultures have endured for many generations. Their language is a matter of wide awareness and public record. Movies, books, How-to-speak-it manuals and tapes, famous figures (icons) and more have validated their worthiness for being considered a language.

For example: The Rednecks- Their look, behavior patterns, regional habitats, social strata, and language are widely acknowledged. They have worldwide roots and parallel subcultures. Comedian and actor Jeff Foxworthy has brought this to light most recently, but their roots go back to earlier years. Their language is called “Good Ole Bonics”, a combination of “good old boy” and “phonics”.

  •          Foul Mouths have the biggest problem of these groups. Their language, “Profanics”, (a combination of “profanity” and “phonics”) is widely known and in popular use. This is the longest lived of all the subcultures. Yet none of the existing education is geared to reaching them. They use words like “sh*t”, which has multiple meanings.

If used as “No Sh*t”, it either means, “I am not kidding you.” or “do you really mean that?” “Get your sh*t together” means “control yourself” or “get organized.”

Their word “D*mn” could mean, “Wow!”, or “Oops”, or “That makes me mad” or half a dozen other things depending upon context.

  •          The Hicks can be recognized by their dress, grooming, areas of residence and by their language. Their roots can be traced to rural locales worldwide. “Hayseedonics” contains such words and phrases as: “Dad burn!” meaning “I’m surprised or disappointed.” “It ain’t, dun it!” which means “No that is not so. I’m emphatic about that.” Perhaps the greatest lie being perpetrated today is that “ain’t” isn’t a real word. Ask anyone who was ever exposed to “Hayseedonics” if they are aware of this word. I’ll bet 100% of the population will say “Yes I know ‘Ain’t’ and even use it occasionally.”

As you can easily see, we can’t afford to overlook the individual needs and unique cultural differences of any group.

So let’s see what we can agree on. How about this:

  • All citizens deserve access to a good education. If they or their families are contributing to our society or economy then they deserve a shot at success. If they are not members of our society, then they should be educated by that country or society to which they belong. Those who don’t yet “belong” anywhere must then make a commitment to someplace before they can expect it to make a commitment to them.
  • The general population should not be deprived of resources by requiring them to accommodate exceptional requests made by those from each subculture. (Paid for through extra taxes and fees.)
  • This is not about race, religion or subculture. It is about learning the American language, the one self-advancement skill that transcends all others in the world today.
  • There is no such language as “Ebonics” and there never was. It is merely a word recently coined to describe the vernacular used by ignorant (read “not aware”) people primarily in the black community in the United States. In fact it is defined as “black English.” Well if it is Black English, then call it that. But don’t try to sophisticate it by the creation of a new word accompanied by a request for special funding or training to help teachers learn it. That is de-education.

If you want to make a case for Black English, then first establish the criteria which it must meet in order to be considered a language. Once those criteria are agreed upon, then they must also be applied to Rednecks, Foul Mouths, and You-name-its too.

After all, we are talking about public money here. Mine and yours. If our money is to be spent on it, then it must be fair to all races and subcultures. Money must also be set aside to teach the new language to all students. To be fair, surely Yiddish (a genuine language by all standards) qualifies much more fully than any of the languages currently under consideration. Its roots are deeper, the number who speak it greater and its culture more strongly established. And what about the several dozen Native American languages which predate English in this country? Many other “sub” cultures would qualify as well.

Let’s all just grow up and realize that we can’t attend to every person and group as much as we would like to. No society has the resources to support every non-mainstream aspect of its culture. And if it did, then the citizens would have no incentive to distinguish themselves through achievement. Besides, if the individual has no personal responsibility to make adjustments, then there is no pride in the adjustment and any learning that takes place is only of token value.

         Surely we don’t need to train teachers in “baby talk” so that they can meet infants on their own level and help them transition into speaking actual words.

There is no reasonable way on earth to dilute the public resources so thoroughly that all subcultures are accommodated fairly, except by requiring them to meet certain basic criteria on their own.

These are things such as:

Willingness to attend school during normal school hours.

Desire to learn and consistent action to prove it.

Appreciation of the fact that this education is being provided for them by the taxes paid by their neighbors and fellow citizens, you and me.

Willingness to let the teachers teach and not interfere with them by demanding special attention beyond the teacher’s job description.

Realizing that all people are self-made, but, as Earl Nightingale once said, “only the successful will admit it.”

In other words, we are all personally responsible for how we turn out.

Adults can make the world more accessible to children only to a point. That point is where the public resources, money and time, run out. From that point on, it is the individual’s responsibility to do what it takes.

Ask any well adjusted person from a limited or deprived background what it took for them to do so well. Without exception they will tell you that they took what they had, did their best with it and from there on, created their own opportunities through dedication, determination and hard work.

         So let’s take all the “languages” which grew out of ignorance of English and call them collectively, “Ignoronics.” Instead of dealing with them individually, treat them as a group. In this group of “languages” the common denominator is all of them are based on ignorance of English grammar. We can then offer a balanced menu of training which all can benefit from. Then every subgroup can still relate to it. That allows us to reach out to all subgroups without unfairly accommodating some while depriving others of such specialized attention. If we single out Black English for special attention, we ignore larger and possibly more deserving groups in the process. Let’s convert all who speak these many tongues into productive well adjusted citizens by showing them a better way to communicate and not by training our teachers to speak their “Ignoronics.”

 

 

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Jim Cathcart, CSP, CPAE is an Executive MBA Professor, Author of 20 books, Hall of Fame Professional Speaker, Top 1% TEDx video (2.4 million views), US Army veteran, Singer/Songwriter, and Lifelong Motorcyclist. He is known as "Your Virtual VP" for his advisory work with organizations worldwide. Based in Texas...and proud of it!



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If Satan took over but didn’t look scary who would notice?

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What does the Dark lord look like?

Popular mythology has depicted the Devil as a horned creature with red skin and Darth Maul eyes. We are conditioned to think of Satan as a big monster with claws, a tail, and pointed teeth. No wonder we’d be scared of that.

But what if Lucifer was a benign looking guy or gal who seemed just as normal as your next door neighbor? What if Beelzebub really is “The Great Deceiver”? Maybe it is worth rethinking our concept of O-Yama, Pluto, Dracula, Shiva, Tezcatlipoca, or simply The Devil.

“By their fruits ye shall know them”

To identify anybody’s nature the easiest method is to look at the effect they have on the world around them. If they generate hatred, fear, accusation, anger and judgment of others then chances are real good you’re looking at your opponent. No matter what they say, it is what they do that matters. Not their intentions, their outcomes.

Edgar Guest wrote: “The best of all the teachers are the ones who live their creeds. For to see the good in action is what everybody needs. I may misunderstand you and all the high advice you give, but there’s no misunderstanding how you act and how you live.”

The poster boy of evil for the past 100 years has been Adolph Hitler. We see his angry face and silly mustache with his arm raised in a “Sieg Heil” salute. That looks bad enough, but by itself it’s nothing. Then we look at the piles of human remains at the death camps in Auschwitz and elsewhere and we KNOW that he was evil. His words were strategically chosen by himself and Goebbels to woo the people into following him and believing that he would bring a brighter day. But look at these words from his book Mein Kampf: (as quoted by Ravi Zacharaias in his book Can Man Live Without God?)

He said he wanted to rid the world of “the stupid and degrading fallacies of conscience and morality”. He wanted to raise up a generation of young warriors before whom the world would cower in fear. He wanted to train them to be capable of any violence without reservation or hesitance. Let that sink in. Without conscience and morality we are just animals no different from hyenas, vultures, wolves, or rats. Just intelligent, sentient eating machines concerned only about survival and pleasure.

So, if you were in charge of committing the worst evil deeds and needed to reduce resistance before taking bold action, then where would you start? Now, assume for this exercise that you are trying to turn the entire country and ultimately the entire world toward evil. To do so you’d have to eliminate the major sources of push-back first.

Satanic Campaign strategies:

  1. Look harmless. Hitler looked like just an ordinary guy, not a scary person, at first.
  2. Sound nice and helpful. Tell people you are there to save them. Say what they want to hear.
  3. Champion those who feel left out or harmed. Find victims to save. Express empathy and outrage on behalf of others who need a hero.
  4. If people don’t feel like victims then convince them that they are and didn’t realize it. Show them how they’ve been wronged and deserve to be compensated.
  5. Control the education of the next generations, then introduce your new concepts before they are old enough to know otherwise.
  6. Control the survival mechanisms (healthcare, medical services, insurance, disease control, food distribution, access to money).
  7. Control public policy. Get your minions elected to office at all levels, especially local and state. Appoint others to regulatory roles. Put your people into the election operations and court systems plus vital agencies.
  8. Weaken your opponents e.g. Police, Politicians, Parents, Churches, etc. Make them seem dangerous, out of touch and not to be taken seriously.
  9. Create a threat that you can rescue people from. Perhaps a pandemic or a climate issue that is too big to resolve. Or bankrupt the entire system so that everyone is desperate for a rescuer…you.
  10. Challenge anything that perpetuates or enables self-reliance (you need for people to depend on you).
  11. Eliminate religion by first making it unpopular and then adversarial to your good intentions. Faith is your enemy. People who have hope don’t need a rescuer.
  12. Assure that you are NOT judged by your results. Only be judged by your words and your good intentions.
  13. Take away freedoms in stages so that people get used to being controlled.
  14. Assume complete ownership of private property and only grant essential privileges to those who obey.

The Nazi guards at the trains told the Jews, who they were crowding into the cattle cars, that the trip would be short, there would be jobs and shelter at their destination, that families could stay together and they would be safe from the marauding enemies coming to attack them. (See Andy Andrews’ excellent book for details.) Upon arrival at the death camps, they were separated by gender and age, shuttled off to gas chambers or work stations and all belongings including long hair and gold teeth were taken from them. Why did they get on the trains? They believed the great deceiver’s lies.

That was history, what about now?

Who’s on each side today? Well, let’s look at what they are supporting and selling. You make the call. If someone is all about “justice” and making people pay for their crimes then clearly judgment is at the core of their intentions. If they hate others and demonize or scorn those who disagree with them, if they encourage angry confrontation and exclusion of people then it’s pretty clear they aren’t coming from the light. If everything is considered stained with racism then everyone is guilty of something. (Don’t worry they will save you.)

Much attention has been given to the book Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky. It is a handbook for those who seek to overthrow a government or control a social group. But there is one sinister fact about his book that isn’t so often noticed. He dedicated it to Lucifer! He openly, in print for the world to see, dedicated his book to the author of evil. And seems to have gotten away with it without major push back. What???? How can this be?

Schools in America have approved and even taught Alinsky’s concepts while banning Dr. Seuss for implied racial references. Pause to really consider that. Alinsky vs Seuss and it’s the beloved children’s author that gets banned. “Implied” vs actual. Good vs Evil. We are becoming numb to this because it’s been stated so often in the press. People say, “It’s no big deal. They don’t have bad intentions, so it’s OK.”

More people have suffered under the open border policies of Biden than ever under the build the fence, stay in Mexico policies of Trump’s team. People yelled at and accused Trump but his actions and policies worked very well. Biden says good words, claims that all is well, but millions are suffering because of his position. He convinces people he’s in favor of immigration to rescue others and give them opportunity. But in fact he is in favor of random invasion without consequences.

The Numbing of America, Learned Apathy.

A few weeks ago I wrote an article on how we become numb to outrage and learn to be apathetic about truly outrageous and audacious acts. The riots in Portland, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Philadelphia are one example. They were so extreme, so violent, so lawless and destructive that we became numb to them after a few weeks because nobody knew what to do. Then Satan’s team began a campaign of deceit to make us believe that the Washington DC Capitol riot was the worst of all of them. Statistically it was the least damaging, the least violent, and the shortest lived among them, but that didn’t matter. The goal was to get us to believe that no worse sin had ever been committed than the January 6th riot. One person died, Ashli Babbitt, killed by Capitol police officer Lt. Mike Byrd, but the reports would have you believe that many died at the hands of the rioters. Not true. (P.S. Byrd is the same officer who left his loaded Glock pistol in a Capitol men’s room in 2019. An unforgivable sin for a police officer or soldier. He evidently has gotten a pass.)

Biden and friends keep repeating the lie that January 6th was an armed insurrection and that five or more were killed. Only one was killed and she was an unarmed protestor, not a violent rioter. John Sullivan, the Antifa organizer who incited much of the riot was standing next to her when she was murdered by Lt. Byrd. None of the protestors that day were armed. Nobody else died from the riot. But the claims continue. Evil people know that a lie, often repeated, becomes accepted as truth. Even years later this can be used because people remember the headlines, not the articles. So they forget that the facts were different from the claims and they revive the old lies as truths. They say, “We all remember that (repeat the disproven lies)…” Or you can put your satanic icon on a T-shirt and tell folks that it is a symbol of fighting for the good of “the people.” Murderous Marxist Che Guevarra is one such example. Alberto Korda’s photo of Che has become known worldwide.

Have you noticed that every evil regime in recent memory has named itself the “People’s Democracy” or some such benign sounding name?

Another of the dark-side tricks is to add blaming labels onto any mention of your competitor. When mentioning Trump they always add, “the one who incited the riot”. That’s not true but they don’t care about whether it’s true. Or they say “twice impeached” Trump, yet the impeachments were not based on truth. The Mueller investigation could not find any evidence of Russian collusion, but that didn’t stop the claims that it was true. The second impeachment, post presidency and only done to stain him, wasn’t even debated or adjudicated, they just passed it and had a party afterward to dance on his political grave.

The National Debt

The US Debt Clock is a novelty we all have seen. I have no idea whether it is truly credible or accurate but I do know that it is alarming. We, as a nation, are now so far in debt that there is no way we can pay it off. Heck, we can barely generate enough to pay the interest on it!

https://usdebtclock.org

Back to the sinister plan, if you can bankrupt the country then everyone becomes desperate. They need you to rescue them just so they can survive. Forget political differences, this is about food, shelter, safety and hope. Once you have them in that position (see prewar Germany again or study Russia’s revolution around the same time), then they’ll accept a harmless sounding leader who cares about them and will take care of them. No horns or tails needed, just a pleasant person who is outraged on their behalf and who will “make the guilty pay for their crimes.”

Then what does Satan look like? He looks like something desirable: a champion, a new friend, an insider on your side, a social justice warrior who is “looking out for the little guy”. He looks like a she sometimes. Sometimes pretty, sometimes dowdy, sometimes angry, sometimes old, sometimes young and attractive.

So, how do we not become paranoid and suspect everyone of being secretly evil?

The answer is: look at the results, the effects, the true value of what they do or stand for. Look at whether their “plan” worked for you. If they are all words and criticism and judgment, then give them a wide berth. Just don’t let the lure of nice intentions tempt you into the dark cave of dependency and ruin.

 

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