By Thomas J. Edwards — Analysis
White guilt has become a cancer on the body of America, so metastasized into the public consciousness that it is devouring the nation’s will to exist as a bastion of freedom and prosperity. Now its sibling, Critical Race Theory, is about to complete the campaign to upend the United States and transform it into a socialist state.
What brought us to this point? Is there any way to redeem the country’s diminished strength? Only time and a concerted effort will tell.
First, let’s understand how we arrived at this critical juncture of White Guilt-White Supremacy-Critical Race Theory in the country’s existence. White Guilt first showed its ugly face on the American public at Little Rock, Ark. at the initial confrontation over school desegregation in the wake of the US Supreme Court’a Brown v. Board of Education ruling.
It was September 1957 when President Dwight Eisenhower sent US troops to Little Rock to ensure nine Black youths would be admitted to all-White Little Rock High School. Little Rock set the stage for a decade of racial strife to come and the White Guilt concept that would emerge.
The image of the frightened teens walking the angry White gauntlet, on what was at the time the emerging power of the television screen, ripped at the heartstrings of a nation’s White citizenry, so long accustomed and conditioned to looking down at Blacks as second class citizens. After all, Jim Crow was very much alive in the South and its vestiges still permeated Northern society with implied segregation if not de facto racial separation. Blacks were frowned upon but the depth of hate portrayed on the screen stunned the nation.
At about the same time, another major factor converged on the nation, the return home of Black author James Baldwin from his self-imposed racial exile in Paris for the first time (he would return again in 1963) to confront a racial conflict that was emerging full-strength after nearly 75 years of the imposition of Jim Crow and almost a century after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.
James Baldwin almost single handed electrified the troubled conscience of America over its history of slavery and subsequent denigration of Black society through academic, political and economic bondage. Baldwin’s lyrical masterpieces, Go Tell It On The Mountain (1953) and The Fire Next Time (1963), ripped the veil off America’s submerged issue, its low regard for more than a tenth of its citizenry as subjects to merely serve and entertain its White majority.
After all, were not Blacks destined to provide entertainment and comedy illustrating buffoonish and exaggerated characteristics of their movements and speech, magnified by a multiplicity of minstrel shows where Whites wore blackface to lampoon what they perceived as normal Black stereotypes? See Amos & Andy, Stepin Fetchit, and Al Jolson, considered comical and artful in their day but embarrassing and cruel today. Blacks had to possess white characteristics or portray the ultimate simpleton to succeed.
It was The Fire Next Time’s appearance in 1963, at the zenith of the Civil Rights Movement at about the time when Dr. Martin Luther King ignited the nation with his “I Have A Dream” exhortation, that firmly put America on the road to White guilt.
The strength and scope of the Civil Rights Movement, bolstered by the assassinations of three principal leaders and supporters over five tumultuous years — President John F. Kennedy, New York Sen. Robert Kennedy, and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, — gave White guilt the impetus it needed to play a dominant role in American society.
White guilt prospered in the early 1970s, reinforced by mutual support from the Black Power movement, the Anti-Vietnam War movement, Hippie Flower Children, and the developing radical Feminist Movement.
Also in the early 1970s, a White Guilt parallel movement developed. A group of radical law professors from several law schools who worried about the low rate of developing new laws to promote racial equality, concluded that racism is a fundamental part of American society and not an aberration quickly remedied by new laws. So a critical legal theory on race issues evolved into the Critical Race Theory as we know today.
The 1980s presidency of Ronald Reagan, growing prosperity, and the easing of racial tensions, submerged the focus on White guilt. But it remained strong in the background, beginning to be a camouflage for promoting socialism. Social activists worked feverishly under the political radar to set their sights on academia and education. The colleges and universities were already under left wing control. It now came time to activate the Marxist endgame embedded through the years in the Kindergarten through 12th Grade public educational system and some private and parochial schools.
The decade also saw the waning of the civil rights movement as the country gradually embraced a new norm in racial relations. What emerged was the realization that chief sources of financial support for civil rights organizations began to dry up and guaranteed weekly paychecks for legions of race activists would end unless there was a new way to fuel the race victim engine. An old guard of race baiters resurfaced to create havoc and make money.
Jesse Jackson, the relic of the original Civil Rights Movement who, as a part of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, capitalized on his role of nearness to Dr. King when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn. in April 1968. Jackson played the White Guilt stigma to the hilt. He was headed into oblivion when he co-oped the Black radical left’s Rainbow Coalition, a product of the Black Panther Party, renamed it the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and proceeded to raise money by blackmailing corporations — waiting for a social crisis, demanding corporations contribute to help ease the crisis or face a product boycott.
Jackson was so successful in that political and social climate, and corporations were so eager to comply, that Jackson acolytes rushed to copy it, primarily religious charlatan Al Sharpton, who has raised millions for his National Action Network using the ruse. It was all part of the now gargantuan White Guilt environment in play — fuel the engine, reap the gravy train.
In 1989, a new concept in education emerged from the educational development incubator at the University of Toronto — teachers as change agents. The concept would replace the standard of teacher as instructor of self-discipline, of how to think and reason. Instead, children would be indoctrinated in political discipline, taught to obey superiors, and accept educational narratives at face value, a formula designed to make them obedient workers unquestioning of authority.
Except for isolated bastions of intellectual freedom, the Toronto strategy succeeded among two generations of students, children not forced out of puberty and into the real world, imbued with a sense of dependency on whomever the leader is at the moment as long as that leader conforms to the principles indoctrinated into the student.
With the Soviet Union and the Marxist-Communist ideology evaporating at the dawn of the 1990s, left wing influence in the United States turned inward to education and the daily sustenance needs of society — healthcare, housing, employment, transportation — and the decades long goal of US Marxists to transform the country to socialism and eventually communism as the principal economic and social engine.
White Guilt’s new companion, White Supremacy, first cut its teeth in 1995. The Oklahoma City bombing by right wing extremists raised the specter of White Supremacy. Yes, there was the earlier white separatist standoff at Ruby Ridge in Idaho resulting in death and the mass killing at Waco, Texas that was written off as a religious quirk, but Oklahoma City became the rallying cry against White Supremacy.
White militia groups have become the nation’s chief bogeymen, the principal threats against peace, more dangerous than domestic terrorists ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter, more threatening than any lurking Islamic terrorist according to left wing doctrine. White supremacy is the official narrative of the current Joe Biden administration, the personification of whatever White Guilt means at the moment.
The administration of President William Clinton underscored the strategy of social transformation and in several policy decisions set the stage for a gradual transformation in housing, healthcare, welfare, and other social perks, policies that would bear fruit eight years after the Clinton presidency ended when Barack Obama took office. The intervening eight years of the George W. Bush presidency was a training and preparation period for the coming transformation, a term that would become the chief code word of the Obama administration.
By 2008, White guilt was firmly embedded in the national psyche, sufficient enough to elect a Black president with radical and nebulous credentials solely on the color of his skin and his oratorical talents, a mythic leader ostensibly chosen to help heal the racial and ethnic rupture in American society but who deviously and intentionally chose to exacerbate the problem.
Barack Obama delivered the deadly piercing blow to America’s open wound and the country has not been able to recover. President Donald Trump’s brief emergence opened a redemptive path but the deafening din of Obama’s residual army of loyalists effectively sealed off Trump’s initiative and Trump’s opponents by hook or by crook were able to regain power.
Is there any strength remaining among Americans loyal to the Constitution to recover the country? There are rumblings but so far they have been weak and disorganized, blocked and shouted down by Black supremacists and White guiltists. Now Critical Race Theory prepares to inundate the American military, corporate and educational systems with government support, financial and otherwise, the endgame of White Guilt that decrees Whites as evil oppressors of minorities who founded a country by slaughtering natives, importing slaves, and running roughshod over sovereign lands.
That is the crux of White Guilt and the basis of Critical Race Theory and White Supremacy.