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Stereotyping Whites is No Better Than Stereotyping Minorities

Critical Race Theory is stereotyping on a grand scale disguised as something supposedly high-minded; it is not

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You’re having an email exchange with an old friend from school and the topic of Critical Race Theory (CRT) arises. You know deep down that it’s not only wrong, it’s socially destructive.

On the spot, you grapple with an effective retort to such bologna about the legitimacy of CRT, which contends that by virtue of you’re being born and of your skin color, if your are Caucasian, you are an irredeemable racist, your ancestors probably owned slaves, and you represent the nation’s biggest problem.

Refuting the Absurd

Here are ten points to offer to anyone is promoting this Marxist/socialist culturally destructive propaganda know as CRT:

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1) Slavery has existed on every continent for most of human history. Slavery in the ancient cultures was known to occur in civilizations as old as Sumer, and found in civilization including ancient Egypt, the Akkadian Empire, Assyria, Greece, Rome, other parts of the Roman Empire, and the Islamic Caliphate. The Turks, Mongols, Persians, Chinese, Huns, Goths, and countless other ethnicities held slaves.

2) African slaves, shipped to America, were rounded up and sold by Africans. African Americans, in some instances, owned African slaves. Should we cast aspersions on all blacks to today because some of their ancestors held slaves?

3) The Pilgrims and the Puritans left England to escape religious persecution. Others from Holland, Germany, France, Denmark, etc. had their reasons; owning slaves was not the objective. Nine of the original 13 colonies — VT, NH, MA, CT, NY, PA, NY, DE, and MD — were not slave states. VA, NC, SC, and GA were.

4) All men (people) are created equal; all cultures and subcultures are not. U.S. slaves states represented sordid cultures. 1930s Germany under Hitler was an ignoble culture. Georgia, say, at the time future PBS journalist Charlene Hunter Gault entered the University of Georgia, was largely a racist culture. Today, the people who discriminated against her back then, understandably, would be ashamed of that behavior today.

5) Legions of northerners were abolitionists. Some gave their lives for the cause. 1,297 whites were lynched for wanting to free black slaves. More than 350,000 white Union Soldiers died in the Civil War.

6) The U.S. and Great Britain led the world in stopping the African slave trade.

7) Since 1965, the U.S has paid more than $22,000,000,000,000 either directly to African Americans, or for countless programs designed to help them achieve parity and overcome the effects of Jim Crow and discrimination. This amount equals more than $14,000 per black person alive in each of the years from 1965 to the present, and more than $560,000 to any individual alive for 40+ years during this stretch.

8) Barack Obama was elected president twice — impossible based on CRT doctrine.

9) U.S. black wealth, if aggragted as a ‘separate nation,’ would rank among the most prosperous on Earth.

10) 28.7 million people today are victims of the world-wide slave trade, called human-trafficking, and few CRT advocates seem concerned.

Stereotyping is Wrong

In the U.S., the press works overtime to keep dividing us. Do purveyors of CRT want to address the ten points above? Imagine that someone introduced a theory which holds that all 45 million U.S. blacks are each… whatever. How racist would that be? Well, CRT does the same thing to whites.

CRT is stereotyping on a grand scale disguised as something supposedly high-minded. It is not. The purpose of CRT is to indoctrinate individuals with the notion that America is an irreparably racist nation built on racist institutions, upheld by racist people. CRT is a sinister and toxic ideology which invariably breeds hostility and keeps people apart.

CRT reveals no perspective on the part of the purveyor. Worldwide studies and surveys show that the U.S. is among the least racist nations on earth, with some obvious problems included. Every other country has deep divisions and unspoken hostilities; even Finland, Denmark, France Portugal, and Italy.

When supposed scholars haven’t looked intently beyond our borders, they derive questionable theories, and skewed interpretations. Again, suppose some ‘scholar’ declared that all U.S. blacks are xyz…  How quickly would that be bitterly refuted?

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Spend Less, Owe Less, Live More

If you spend less than you take in, inexorably your debt will decrease

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Society conditions us to consume more than we need and to spend more than we make. However, this kind of lifestyle is a recipe for disaster. Taking back control of your finances can help you free up time and make you feel more in control of your life more of the time.

Think back to your high school and college history classes: can you recall a nation in the history of the earth that accumulated huge deficits over a prolonged period of time, lacked a concerted effort towards reducing these deficits, yet was able to sustain economic prosperity for its citizens?

Can a nation, in debt for trillions annually, or a person – namely you – consistently run up huge deficits and expect no consequences?  For decades, tens of millions of Americans have accumulated personal debt via credit cards, loans, and other forms of financing. It’s likely that you have some financial debts.

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Subtle Servitude

Sustained deficit spending eventually erodes your ability to prepare for the future, and worse, to capitalize on current opportunities. The more you owe, the more enslaved you are! In Consumerism, Dr. Judith Schor notes that you’ve likely been taught to consume more than you need.

Right now, how would it feel if all your credit cards were paid off? How would it feel if you paid your monthly rent or mortgage several months in advance? How would it feel if your car loan was paid off? How would it feel if you were actually able to pay some of your utility bills for months in advance? For most people it would feel great. You’d feel in control of your time.

We all know the arguments about losing the (minuscule) amount of interest you could have earned if you let your money sit in the bank instead of paying the electric bill three months in advance. Ah, but wait. A month after you’ve paid your electric bill three months in advance, you receive the next month’s bill. Guess what? It shows that you have a huge credit and that nothing is due – you’ll smile when you see these kinds of bills!

A Moratorium on Spending

To reduce your personal debts, place a moratorium on optional spending, regardless of what items entice you, until your credit cards have zero balances.

Paying for material things which you don’t need, and certainly don’t save your time, might be satisfying, but ultimately can be draining.

Here are some strategies and tactics for controlling your checkbook, and hence reclaiming your life:

1. Write out checks to pay bills in advance of their due dates. Then, keep an advance file with a folder for each day of the month. Place the check in a sealed, addressed, and stamped envelope. Then put the envelope in the folder of the day it’s to be mailed. This way the money is allocated in advance in your checkbook, and your bills are paid on time. If your checking account pays interest, you don’t lose interest.

2. Occasionally, overpay the balance on your continuing accounts, or pay early. This gives you the aforementioned psychological boost when you see a credit on your next statement, and gives you a good reputation with your creditors, which is handy!

3. Keep a stick-on note in your checkbook for an immediate reference that lists what’s coming in this month and what needs to be paid. This provides you with a running mini-cash flow list to which you can refer at will. Update it weekly, or daily, if needed.

4. Review old checkbooks and see what you paid to whom for what. Do the same thing with your monthly credit card statements. Put a red mark next to all those expenditures that you didn’t need to make, or that you could have done without after further consideration.

5. Now, considering expenditures on the horizon, which ones can you do without?

Spend Less, Save More

As author Roger Dawson says, “It doesn’t matter how much money you’re making; if you’re spending more than you take in each month, you’re headed for trouble.” If you spend less than you take in, your debt will decrease, even if only a little at a time, and one day perhaps  disappear.

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Ignore Much of What Pundits Have to Say

Can we be confident in advice we receive from people who have not mastered what they teach?

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When the opportunity arose, I attended a lecture by one of the most well-known authors and speakers in America. I had previewed his CD and read two of his books prior to his lecture; in person, he lived up to my expectations. So, I was intrigued when a friend, involved with bringing this speaker to our area relayed a personal incident to me. 

Directly following the speaker’s presentation, my friend was responsible for driving him to the airport, and accompanying him until his flight departed. That summer afternoon, it was rainy and the skies were dark.

As it turned out, the author was a nervous flyer and took several drinks in the airport lounge prior to boarding the plane.  I found this incident to be amazing because I had so often heard him say things such as, “Everything in this universe is perfect.” It struck me that, in many ways, the speaker wasn’t practicing his philosophy. Nevertheless, all human beings have their faults and foibles and, as time passed, I forgot about the incident.

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High-Priced Gurus

One morning, I had the occasion to pick up USA Today. In the lifestyle section, there was a feature on a relationship guru and author of international best-sellers on relationships. She had won the “Oscar” of infomercials, earning $24 million in a single year.  

In this published interview, the reporter asked her why we should listen to a relationship guru who had been married five times. Five times? I couldn’t believe it! She had wedded her fifth husband, some 11 years her junior, only a short time before producing her award-winning infomercial on having a successful relationship. 

In the infomercial, she is featured as having a loving relationship with her husband. Okay, but in no way does the infomercial tell us that he is her fifth husband and that she had married him three weeks ago.

Not Walking their Talk

I had a flash from the past: I recalled the story about the nervous flyer author. Yet, nothing prepared me for the revelations about the relationship guru, a self-proclaimed expert, using the slickest 21st-century marketing available to sell her information and products.  

She was well-versed in her subject matter. Upon hearing her advice, I recognized that it did seem sound. However, the larger issue is, “Can we be confident in the advice we receive from those who have not mastered what they teach, or who do not even remotely walk their talk?”

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