The ‘Spirit-Murdering’ CRT Agenda

October 9, 2021 (American Thinker)

It is encouraging to see that at least some of the broader culture’s acceptance of CRT is waning, but we can be assured the zeal among CRT’s adherents will not wane. Therefore, we must mimic the radical left’s tactics and keep the pressure on, to reveal the whole vacuous pack of lies. Understanding CRT’s effects on people and reading what a rising CRT star—Bettina Love—wants to do to America’s Black students, help expose those lies.

The Democrat party’s radical left is a soul-crushing autocracy. Their ideologies do not empower anyone to pursue happiness or to succeed and are not what America’s youth need to be taught about our country or how to live and thrive in the greatest nation on earth. Leftists everywhere demand allegiance and compliance, and dissent cannot be tolerated, because a close examination of their doctrines exposes them as morally bankrupt and utterly insufficient.

It is not racist to say CRT and its activists are wrong. It would be racist to acquiesce to the falsehoods, inherent racism, and bigotry espoused in their ideologies and to allow them to go unchallenged. There are more than sufficient real-life examples to prove how wrong they are.

Let’s try a sports analogy. Suppose there were two teams. The teams’ racial diversity is inconsequential; both teams possess sufficient talent to compete at the requisite level and to meet one another in sanctioned competition. Imagine there is one big difference—one team acknowledges and competes according to the rules of the game. The other team does not, either because its players lack knowledge of, preparation for, or regard for the rules of competition.

Sports competition is analogous to real life. Every member of the team has his or her unique talents, gifts, and abilities. For the individual players and the team to succeed (for the system to work) all members of the team makes the best use of their abilities and play by the rules. Moreover, there is an abiding culture in which “sportsmanship” and acceptable behavior enhance and reinforce the rules of the game.

Imagine the chaos that would ensue during the game if one team played by the rules and one did not. According to the rules, penalties would be called and enforced. The infractions could prevent the penalized team from scoring points and the game might end in a crushing and embarrassing defeat. Worse, if the infractions continued and were severe enough, that team might be permanently disqualified from competing.

In this analogy, the Left would protest “the system” and the rules of the game as unjust. They would deny their loss was a legitimate consequence because their team failed to abide by the rules or compete in good sportsmanship, which could have allowed them to win. The Left has an unrelenting desire to see every inequity as an injustice and the inherent inequality in life’s outcomes among individuals and among people of different races as evidence that the “system” is irredeemably flawed.

Enforcing the rules is not racist, and neither is playing by the rules to succeed and win in life.

Bettina Love may be less known outside the CRT activist sphere of influence than her comrades Ibrahim X. Kendi, Nicole Hannah-Jones, or Robyn DiAngelo but, according to Gabe Kaminsky, writing at The Federalist, her profile and influence are rapidly rising. She is an “anti-racist” professor at the University of Georgia, and her 2019 book, We Want to Do More Than Survive has been called the most up-to-date and unvarnished presentation of the CRT movement in education. Kaminsky quotes Love:

schools have participated in “the spirit murdering of Black and Brown children” since there is “a death that is built on racism and intended to reduce, humiliate, and destroy people of color.”

In a 30 July 2021 column in National Review, Stanley Kurtz writes,[Love] disdains the efforts of educators and policymakers to instill in “dark children” traits like problem solving, zest, self-advocacy, grit, optimism, self-control, curiosity, and gratitude. Love considers education designed to encourage character traits like hard work, discipline, and personal responsibility to be anti-Black.

A thorough read and clear-eyed assessment of the articles quoted above should leave little doubt that Bettina Love’s goal (along with CRT) is to abolish not only America’s capitalist economic system but America itself.

That goal is concerning enough (abolish America to replace it with what?) but the “indictment” she presents, that the educational system has been “spirit murdering” people of color, is patently false. In her words, American education is “anti-Black” because it teaches “dark children” foundational values and norms such as hard work, discipline, personal responsibility, self-control, problem-solving, joy, self-advocacy, optimism, and gratitude.

In her own words and by their literal meaning, Love is saying either one of two things:

  • people of color are incapable of those attributes, attitudes, and values she listed, and teaching them is abusive, or
  • those attributes, attitudes, and values are not what is necessary for people of color to thrive and succeed.

Either possible conclusion is so utterly flawed that both should be rejected outright, forcefully, and in the most explicit terms.

I cannot think of a more insulting attitude toward any person of any race or ethnicity than to tell them those beneficial personal values and qualities that lead to success are not attributable to them because of their race or ethnicity. Also, it is the epitome of the “soft bigotry of low expectations.” It is not racist to expect anyone, of any race or ethnicity, to behave in a manner that is a proven path to success.

It is supremely ironic that the title of her book, and what she advocates, are so diametrically opposite. As an educator or mentor, Love’s position is bankrupt and should be rejected. Can there be any worse advice? Yet those are the tenets of the BLM movement and CRT adherents.

Therefore, we reach the inescapable conclusions that CRT is not about building up people of color, but is a “spirit-murdering,” soul-crushing worldview. The Colorado father who in August 2021 addressed his local school board said it best, that racism in America would “by and large be dead” except that there are institutions “keeping it on life support.”

In Critical Theory, from its Marxist origins to Critical Race Theory, every facet and nuance is meant to crush the souls of people of color by exploiting an attitude of victimization and to crush the souls of White people with the guilt attributed to the color of their skin. By destroying our faith in ourselves and in one another, they seek to destroy America and the free-market economy that has created more prosperity than any other in the world.

They want to burn it all down. Their goal is to rebuild it into a system that has never worked in human history and it will not work now.

There is nothing about CRT that can be of any earthly good to anyone. By its adherents’ rejection of the timeless values that are critical to an individual’s success, CRT crushes the soul. It is a pernicious lie and is the “spirit-murdering” ideological cancer metastasizing in our culture. Like any illness, must be cured or it will kill its host.

By Jeff M. Lewis

Food Prices Hit Highest Level in a Decade

October 9, 2021 (American Thinker)

Food prices across the world have risen to their highest levels in a decade on the back of tightening supply conditions robust demand, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The FAO’s food price index, which measures world food commodity prices, has surged by 32.8 percent in the 12 months through September, coming in at a reading of 130 points, a level not seen since 2011. On a month-over-month basis, the index rose 1.2 percent.

Accounting for the bulk of the rise in the index were higher prices of most cereals and vegetable oils.

The FAO vegetable oil price index was up 60 percent in September compared to a year earlier, and 1.7 percent up from August. The cereal price measure was up 27.3 percent over the year last month, and 2 percent from August.

Dairy and sugar prices also rose in September by an over-the-year 15.2 percent and 53.5 percent, respectively, while the meat price index was up 26.3 percent above its level a year ago.

While much of the inflation story has been focused on surging energy costs and products impacted by the semiconductor chip shortage like used cars, rising food cost signals are increasingly flashing red.

As the U.S. economy rebounds, packaged food companies are grappling with inflation, with Conagra Brands Inc. saying on Oct. 7 that it would increase prices again on its frozen meals and snacks.

Conagra said it was facing rising costs of ingredients including edible oils, proteins, and grains forcing it to increase prices on frozen goods by 3.5 percent and on staple meals by 3.3 percent.

Food-makers General Mills, Campbell Soup, and J.M. Smucker have also raised wholesale prices in response to rising ingredient and freight costs.

Pork and beef prices have surged in the past few months, while the Labor Department’s August inflation report showed that meat, poultry, fish, and eggs were up 8 percent over the last year and 15.7 percent from prices in August 2019, before the pandemic. Beef prices jumped 12.2 percent over the past year, and bacon was up 17 percent during the same period.

Experts say increasing energy costs around the world could exacerbate the problem.

It’s this combination of things that’s beginning to get very worrying,” Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, told Bloomberg in a recent interview. “It’s not just the isolated food-price numbers, but all of them together. I don’t think anyone two or three months ago was expecting the energy prices to get this strong.”

Food price inflation is also driving up consumer expectations for future price increases.

The New York Fed’s August survey of consumer expectations showed that Americans anticipate food prices to rise by 7.9 percent in a year, higher than the overall inflation expectation of 5.2 percent.

Federal Reserve officials have repeatedly characterized the current bout of inflation as “transitory” though they have increasingly expressed concern about the risk of a de-anchoring of inflationary expectations. That’s where confidence in the “transitory” narrative falls and people start to believe and behave as if inflation will be far stickier than previously believed, impacting wage and price-setting behavior and potentially even sparking the kind of upward wage-price spiral that bedeviled the economy in the 1970s.

By Tom Ozimek

Emel Akan and Reuters contributed to this report