Cambridge University has produced a website ‘Report and Support’ endorsed by its Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope. It invites you to denounce anyone in the university who is considered guilty of ‘racism, discrimination and micro-aggressions.’ The statement goes on to define racism in terms familiar to Critical Race Theory:
Anyone displaying any sign of ‘unacceptable’ behaviour to this new norm must be reported to the authorities, disciplined and if necessary dismissed from their work place. Reporting can be done anonymously so it is an open door for denunciation of wrong thinkers to the ‘Party line’. This has been a feature of Communism under Stalin, Mao and now in Xi Xing Ping’s China, not something I associated with my old university.
It is not just Cambridge where this happens. Across the western world universities and ‘woke’ media outlets are pushing ‘Critical Race Theory’ and the idea of systemic racism to propose that racism is a wholly white based phenomenon that only white people are guilty of. Western culture has come out of Europe and North America, largely shaped by white people of European descent until recent times.
Because of this it is said to be full of ‘unconscious bias’ and ‘systemic racism’ and must be dismantled and reconstructed. Art, literature, history must be examined and if necessary rejected if it fails to measure up to the demands of Critical Race Theory.
Apparently Shakespeare has been deemed racist ‘with problematic gendered and racialised dynamics’. One example is certain verses in ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which cast ‘fair’ as beautiful and ‘dark’ as unattractive.
Wordsworth is suspect because he had a brother who once sailed to China on a trading ship. Lord Nelson, Churchill and other heroes of British history are beyond the pale because of links either to slavery or the British Empire.
An article in the US Epoch Times states: ‘Critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism, has been heavily promulgated throughout academia, entertainment, government, schools, and the workplace in recent years, coming to new prominence following the rise of far-left groups such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Some employers have included concepts from the doctrine—which claims that the United States is a fundamentally racist country – in their “racial and cultural sensitivity” training. Like Marxism, it advocates for the destruction of institutions, such as the Western justice system, free-market economy, and orthodox religions, while demanding that they be replaced with institutions compliant with the theory’s ideology.’
Alan Dershowitz, the legal scholar and author accused Democrats and Big Tech companies of engaging in censorship.
As a Christian I am committed to racial fairness and justice, but in my opinion this kind of activity does nothing to help society move in this direction. Groups like Black Lives Matter claim to be fighting for racial justice, but their actions have resulted in worsening race relations, including anti-white and anti-Semitic racist statements, and a climate of fear leading to a new form of dictatorship. Their demand to ‘defund the police’, opposing the enforcement of law and order following the death of George Floyd, has led to an increase in violence, murder and drug pushing in large US cities in which poor black communities have been the chief victims.