BENNINGTON – Author K. Carl Smith was in Bennington this week to denounce Critical Race Theory, calling it a threat to the education system and linking it to a vast “Marxist, Communist” and anti-religious conspiracy that he believes threatens the nation.
Appearing here Tuesday with former Republican gubernatorial candidate John Klar, founder of the Vermont Liberty NetworkSmith also described his strategy to counter the CRT and other theories of the political left. He advocates focusing on the American Civil War-era black speaker and writer, Frederick Douglass.
Smith, who is also African American, is the author of “Frederick Douglass Republicans: The Movement to Re-Ignite America’s Passion for Liberty,” which he says offers a model for how conservatives can debate and overcome with success those on the left.
Americans are engulfed, he said, in a historic struggle for the future of the county.
“We are fighting for our nation,” he said, “and the other side is playing for good.”
CRITICAL BREED THEORY
Smith said the view that racism is historically and currently systemic in the United States, which should be recognized as such, is being forced upon school students, which is why he believes “the future of our children is at stake “.
Explanation: What is Critical Race Theory?
Smith claimed that the Conservatives’ arguments are often dismissed today because they are “pre-labeled” as racist, but that claim fails when Douglass is quoted. He argued that the Douglass words and his experiences emphasize self-reliance, which he says is akin to the messages of today’s Conservatives.
âMarxists have no answer for Frederick Douglass,â said Smith, âthat’s why we should take advantage of him. “
The Conservatives “will win this with messages,” Smith said, later adding that they were politically foiled because they “have a branding problem.”
An audience member said he agreed with the speakers, but that the Conservatives must also show up to local school boards if they want to influence the program.
Klar and former Republican candidate for Manchester State Senate Michael Hall also on Tuesday stressed the need for monetary contributions to fund such events and to support candidates who would bring conservative voices to the legislature. Hall is the former Manchester Police Chief.
Douglass, who was born into slavery before the Civil War but later served as an adviser to US presidents, starting with Abraham Lincoln, held views similar to those of modern conservatives, Smith told an audience of about 60 people. .
He said that while acting as an advisor for former President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, he suggested to Trump that Frederick Douglass’ strategy be used by the campaign, saying it could have changed the outcome. elections.
In his book, Smith said he offered examples of how Conservatives can successfully argue against views he sees as dominating the political left and having taken control of the Democratic Party. Copies of Smith delivered were sold as a result of the maintenance.
In the book, and on his websiteSmith said he offers examples of how conservatives can successfully engage the political left.
Among other claims, Smith said that today’s political signs point to an attack from within led by Communists or Marxists, who would first teach their doctrine to American youth and then take over the political goals of America. a big political party. He hinted that both of these trends are underway today, naming Democrats as the main party in question.
In Smith’s view, the political left is pushing critical race theory into schools and has âcapturedâ the Democratic Party, which he says has changed dramatically since the days of John F. Kennedy.
Klar, whose conference the Vermont Liberty Network sponsored and scheduled another Saturday night in Manchester, also highlighted what he sees as the importance of fundraising for like-minded candidates to run for office. .
At one point, he said that critical race theory was “concocted in progressive academic labs” in the 1970s. He claimed it came from the “same academic circles” that “brought the movements to us. of eugenics and lobotomy âat the beginning of the 20th century and echoes the Nazi ideology.
âThese ideas are all coming from one place,â Klar said.
The CRT “attributes all the findings to racism and discrimination,” he said, but these theories stem from flawed scientific data and lack statistics to back up the claims.
A flawed claim, according to Klar, is that racism, rather than an attempt to deal with an influx of addictive drugs into Vermont, is causing a high number of minority drivers who are stopped by the police.
The cities that are the source of most drugs have a “much blacker and more Hispanic demographics than this,” he said, adding that drawing such conclusions about racism “is based on politics. “.
‘A SPIRITUAL CHALLENGE’
The national race debate should not be about color but about values, Smith said, adding, “We have to get better at messages of freedom.”
His book’s strategies for countering arguments from the left, Smith said, can help “defeat the CRT and the other threats to our nation.”
The whole CRT is, he said, drawing a round of applause, “is a communist and Marxist program to destroy our nation from within.”
Conspiracy efforts at work involve control of schools and control of national politics and the media, he said, adding: “We are in this fight, and I think we are going to win.”
His work in progress, said Smith, “is a message that God has given me to use.”
The âend result,â he said, âis that this is a spiritual problem, and Satan will not win.
The two speakers also sometimes called attacks on personal freedoms efforts to demand face masks or COVID-19 vaccinations to fight the pandemic, positions that have drawn expressions of support from members of the public. .
Klar and Smith have previously appeared together at a similar event to Mendon during Klar’s 2020 gubernatorial race – around this time “for a conversation about race, the Constitution and the tension between the slogans” Black Lives Matter “and” All Lives Matter “.”