Updated: Apr 11
Realizing the force of Critical Race Theory (or, more broadly, Critical Theory in general) is becoming increasingly important. The modern “political” landscape is not concerned with politics in the slightest. It is concerned, most basically, with theology and philosophy. The recent “banning and burning” of “racist” materials (including books, movies, music, etc.) should be an indicator to the aware individual, whichever side of the Critical Theory Philosophy you find yourself.
For those who are in favor of Critical Theory, whether knowingly or unknowingly, the recent seizure and labeling of the artifacts of Western Culture as being “racist,” is a positive thing. It means that we are currently getting rid of everything wrong. For these, we are ushering a new realization of the Communist Utopia in the name of “white supremacy.” However, for those who wish to preserve the greatest culture in the history of the world, and those who do not believe that Critical Theory is correct, -- for these, the recent bannings have caused alarm. It is not that racism is good according to these people, but it is for them the understanding that racism is not the only sin and that good things can be found even in the works of fallen men.
Briefly, what’s Wrong With Critical Theory:
I am personally of the latter group mentioned. It is entirely perverse, from what I can tell, that we would suggest that everyone before the very current modern period is terrible and wrong. Men have always committed sins; we continue to do so. Racism, though horrible, is not the only sin. It would be right to identify who was racist and to avoid their attitudes of such hatred entirely. But, instead, the Critical Theory philosophers want us to believe that anyone who had even a hint of racial animus must be erased from history forever. Moreover, having a certain skin color and living in a certain culture during a certain time does not make one racist, but this is how the Critical Theory philosophers and proponents see it. Is there any evidence that Mozart was racist? No, none. Should we care if there is the evidence? Not really, since he was a white supremacist because he wrote for rich, white, Europeans. This goes for all who lived before us. We truly are the only good generation to ever live.
What Should We Do?
Such nonsense is what pervades the political spectrum today. You can see it everywhere. So then, what are we to do? I am not entirely sure what the right response is, but I do want to offer a suggestion that I myself am following: acquire for yourself anything and everything you love from the past. As we saw with the Dr. Seuss ban, it was not even the government who banned the books, it was a private enterprise. Worse than that, platforms that would offer the books for sale (used copies, of course) took down the ability of one person to sell to another (this was apparent with eBay). We can expect similar happenings in later bannings. This is why you should buy the material you want now. You may not be able to get it later.
I myself have decided to take this course. Although I have been following the news from an age where I was probably too young to be following it, I have never been scared. I have had emotions such as disgust, anger, anxiety, and so on; but never fear. This is not a cowardice-type fear. But it is a fear that recognizes that once the powerful decide to take things away, we may not be able to get them back for a while. Thus, I decided to buy “racist” books (most of these I already had). After some time spent researching, the following is what I would recommend you buy sooner rather than later. Of course, though, everything could just be suddenly accused of white supremacy, so you might as well just start buying anything old.
-The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
-The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
-Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
-Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
-1984, by George Orwell
-Animal Farm, by George Orwell
-To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
-Gone With the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
-Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle
-The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
-Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens
-Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte
-The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Additionally, I would also recommend buying all the old Disney movies. Oxford University has claimed that sheet music is “racist” along with many of the greatest music composers. (A report detailing this can be found here.) Thus, I have done so myself and would recommend buying hard copies of any Classical Music I would want. There are also visual arts that could soon be banned. Among these are Norman Rockwell’s The Problem We All Live With, which I have bought a copy of.
Of course, buying these forms of art is not the only thing one should do. There is much more that should and can be done. But, I find this an important and worthwhile thing to do. Soon, everything will be “racist.” It is my sincere hope that this does not happen, but it is advisable to look ahead to what’s to come. So then, why am I buying “racist” books. I am not. What I’m buying is some of the best works the culture has ever produced. I buy “racist” books. I think you should too.
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