Many of us have heard of “critical race theory”, the radical academic movement that teaches children to evaluate themselves, each other, and all aspects of life, solely according to racial identity.
Many of us assume that it is only an American phenomenon.
We hear about parental pushback at American school board meetings, the 27 states that have introduced bills preventing schools from forcing teachers to embrace critical race theory as truth, and the teachers’ groups that vow to violate these bills.
We don’t hear of any such stories occurring in Canada, but we shouldn’t make the mistake of concluding that “CRT” doesn’t exist here.
In fact, critical race theory may be more prevalent in Canada than it is in the United States.
It has been embedded into our social, governmental and educational institutions, precisely because there has been no significant opposition to this happening in Canada.
That’s the warning raised by Christian educator, blogger and activist Samuel Sey in an entry on his ‘Slow To Write’ blog site.
Sey has personally experienced the results of critical race theory becoming a cornerstone of Canadian curriculums. He was denounced by the nominally Christian Ambrose University of Calgary after he refuted the critical race theory concept of “systemic racism” in a speech there.
Sey asserts that Canada’s federal and provincial governments are more committed to the teachings of ‘CRT’ than are their American counterparts, and points to the fact that the federal government has established an “Anti-Racism Strategy”, the explicit aim of which is to make white Canadians more accepting of the concept of “systemic racism”.
Samuel Sey collects and publishes documents sent to him by teachers and parents that prove just how many public educators are committed to indoctrinating our children into accepting critical race theory as reality.
He publishes documents from staff meetings, lesson plans and presentations used by Peel District School Board in particular, since that is his local school board.
One document Sey has published outlines how Peel teachers are encouraged to read Ibram Kendi’s Anti-Racist Baby to kindergarten children. This is an excerpt from that book:
“Antiracist Baby is bred, not born. Antiracist Baby is raised to make society transform. Babies are taught to be racist or antiracist—there’s no neutrality. Take these nine steps to make equity a reality…confess when being racist. Grow to be an antiracist.”
In Peel Region, kindergarten children are being compelled to repeat these words.
“Critical race theory” has quietly assumed a pivotal role in shaping education in Canada, and the results will be disastrous. As Bari Weiss sagely wrote in her takedown of CRT and all forms of “wokeness”:
“Moral complexity is replaced with moral certainty. Facts are replaced with feelings. Ideas are replaced with identity. Forgiveness is replaced with punishment. Debate is replaced with deplatforming. Diversity is replaced with homogeneity of thought. Inclusion, with exclusion.”
The aim of “critical race theory”, like all radical political cudgels, is to undermine social institutions and the integrity of the family upon which these institutions are built.
CRT pushes ideas that unseat parents in their rightful role of teaching morality, and divides communities by relentlessly segregating them along racial and other identity divisions.
We are aware of the “cultural wars” over “critical race theory” in the United States only because parents and good teachers there have spoken out against it.
We must never be afraid to do the same here.
The Halton Catholic District School Board has published a resource addressing “Anti-Racism” and the promotion of “human rights and equity”.
Included in the resource is a video. At the 28-minute mark of the video, a facilitator defines racism as a “white racial and cultural prejudice and discrimination supported by institutional power and authority.”
This falsely teaches that white people are the only ones capable of racism. This is, itself, a racist statement, and has no place in the teachings of a publicly funded school board in Ontario.
If you live within the boundaries of the Halton Catholic District School Board, please write to trustees as soon as you can and tell them that the concepts of “critical race theory” are themselves racist and have no business being promoted at the Board.
Here are the trustees’ email addresses:
Brenda Agnew, Burlington
Vincent Iantomasi, Burlington
Tim O’Brien, Burlington
Janet O’Hearn-Czarnota, Halton Hills
Patrick Murphy, Milton
Marvin Duarte, Milton
Peter DeRosa, Oakville
Nancy Guzzo, Oakville