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Scott Johnson’s recent Power Line post on CRT took us back to 1978 and yet another commie lover. The American left has a long history of admiration for communist regimes, whether Russia, China, Cuba, or even North Korea. They see there an exercise of power such as they desire over us. The left is perfectly willing to say the quiet part out loud. We should take them seriously.
Scott Johnson was commenting on an important and clear recent explanation of how critical race theory led to Kendi. Johnson offered special insight into a very early advocate of CRT [emphasis added]:
Sibarium’s column struck a personal chord with me. He links to and quotes from Alan Freeman’s 1978 Minnesota Law Review article “Legitimizing Racial Discrimination through Antidiscrimination law: A Critical Review of Supreme Court Doctrine.” My last semester in law school I was a student in Professor Freeman’s Civil Rights course.
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His remarks in class prompted my interest in his utopia. One morning after class I asked him if he would join me for coffee in the Riverbend Cafeteria then adjacent to the law school. In the course of our somewhat stilted conversation I asked him what country he would hold out as his real-world model. He said with only slight hesitation: “North Korea.”
In 1978, Kim Il-sung reigned over a prison state, in which everyone was sorted into one of three categories, according to imputed loyalty, and assigned basic resources accordingly. 1978 marked 30 years since the communist regime was founded. It was also the year Kim Il-sung’s son, Kim Jong-il, ordered the kidnapping of a famous South Korean actress and her director husband, holding them captive until they escaped in Vienna in 1986. Kim Jong-il did so to create a world-class North Korean film industry by forced labor. This is the regime that Alan Freeman, an early important CRT advocate, held out as the real-world model for his vision of equality in results. This is the regime Alan Freeman, writing from the critical legal studies perspective, had in mind when he claimed our constitutional system was racially rigged [emphasis added].
[As] surely as the law has outlawed racial discrimination, it has affirmed that Black Americans can be without jobs, have their children in all black, poorly funded schools, have no opportunities for decent housing, and have very little political power, without any violation of antidiscrimination law.
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While all of the Supreme Court opinions to be discussed are, of course, technical assertions of legal doctrine, and can be analyzed as such, they are also an evolving statement of acceptable public morality. In their latter role, the opinions not only reflect dominant societal moral positions, but also serve as part of the process of forming or crystallizing such positions. Given a view that law serves largely to legitimize the existing social structure and, especially, class relationships within that structure, the ultimate constraints are outside the legal system. But if law is to serve its legitimation function, those ultimate constraints must yield up just enough autonomy to the legal system to make its operations credible for those whose allegiance it seeks as well as those whose self-interest it rationalizes.
Critical Race Theory was, in fact, grounded in socialist soil. Nor has it been transplanted, washed clean of the Marxist mire. Teddy Kennedy, “Lion of the Senate” actively colluded with Moscow, while the Democrats under Tip O’Neil provided top cover for the aggressive expansion of communism in Latin America. The Democratic Party’s praise of Cuban, and other Latin American socialist regimes, seamlessly transitioned from economic class-based socialism to identity politics socialism, allowing conflation of economic class and ethnicity or race. As I illustrated in “Socialist Birds of a Feather,” the left’s celebrated author of the 1619 Project, “Nikole Hannah-Smith flocked to the Cuban communist regime’s side at least twice on the record, serving up standard international communist propaganda about education, racial equality, and medical care.” The Congressional Black Caucus members are full-on devotees of Cuban communism.
It is reasonable to take American leftists, the Democratic Party, seriously in their praise and protection of socialist regimes. It is not funny. Do not use their sound bytes and quotes as mere sources of ridicule or outrage. They admire and envy the degree of societal control they now seek to exert here. Act accordingly.Published in