Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr. versus Critical Race Theorists, a pocket guide

1. Critical Race Theorists focus on race alone; Martin Luther King did not. From Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King -- Final Advice:
In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: there are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States. Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike. ... I am now convinced that the simplest approach will prove to be the most effective—the solution to poverty is to abolish it directly by a now widely discussed measure: the guaranteed income.
2. Critical Race Theorists think the metaphor of colorblindness erases a person's race; Martin Luther King knew a metaphor is only a metaphor:
I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
If metaphors matter as much as identitarians insist, then the metaphor of seeing race is far worse than the metaphor of colorblindness, because those who "see race" are seeing people who they have already judged by the color of their skin.

3. Critical Race Theorists say all white people are racist. Martin Luther King said,
This does not imply that all white Americans are racists – far from it. Many white people have, through a deep moral compulsion, fought long and hard for racial justice.
4. Critical Race Theorists reject "tone policing". Martin Luther King, and all the leaders of the civil rights movement, told their followers to be civil, and more than civil:
Let us move now from the practical how to the theoretical why: Why should we love our enemies? The first reason is fairly obvious. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.
For more of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes: it's all one thing: Martin Luther King quotes

Recommended: Color blindness (race) in the United States - Wikipedia