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A letter to the North Bend School Board regarding Critical Race Theory

Last updated on March 5, 2023

Last month I attended the North Bend School Board meeting in which the proposal to ban the teaching of Critical Race Theory was put forward. Many speakers that day, several of which were teachers or professors, argued that CRT is not being taught in the North Bend School District. Other speakers actually argued in favor of teaching CRT, primarily one recent graduate of North Bend High School. There were only a handful who spoke out against the teaching of CRT.

To begin, we must define CRT. Although I am not a fan, I’ll use the Wikipedia article here, since it usually coincides with mainstream public perception.

Critical race theory (CRT) is a body of legal scholarship and an academic movement of US civil-rights scholars and activists who seek to critically examine the intersection of race and US law and to challenge mainstream American liberal approaches to racial justice. CRT examines social, cultural, and legal issues primarily as they relate to race and racism in the US. A tenet of CRT is that racism and disparate racial outcomes are the result of complex, changing, and often subtle social and institutional dynamics, rather than explicit and intentional prejudices of individuals.

Critical RACE Theory is an outgrowth of Critical Theory, which was mainly devised by academics from The Frankfurt School. Those academics were primarily influenced by Hegel, Kant and yes, Marx. Their beliefs are also grounded in Modernist, and later Postmodernist, thought.

On the surface, it’s easy to see how one could agree with CRT. We should be “critical” of our history, that’s the only way a person, or a society, learns. Unfortunately, the base definition of CRT is a prime example of how Postmodernists twist language to their benefit. We see this with the terms “Black Lives Matter” and “Antifa”. Of course black lives matter, and of course we should be anti-fascist. Postmodernism doesn’t stop there though. They operate by hiding insidious lies within those kernels of truth.

We can see this historically in a psychological profile of Adolf Hitler that was created by the OSS during WW2.

His primary rules were: never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.

Does any of this behavior sound familiar? It should because it’s the primary way that most authoritarians operate, whether they be Marxists, Fascists, or our own Democratic Party. Heck, most Republicans even operate this way, they’re just not very good at it. Postmodernism is the chosen method of authoritarians because it allows you to change definitions on the fly. Words can mean anything you want. Nothing is fixed. There is no objective truth. It’s all in your head.

I would never begin to argue that humans aren’t racist. They absolutely are. That’s because we are inherently evil. Any good we do is learned, not natural. The problem here is that there are true-believers who think they can make…people…better. If we just identify the evil traits we can eliminate them. Only it’s never worked that way, and it WILL NEVER work that way. Imperfect beings cannot create perfection. They only cause more pain and suffering when they try.

So, it is my contention that CRT is not truly critical of anything. My own personal philosophy is to QUESTION EVERYTHING, yet I still believe CRT to be a crock. A Trojan Horse if you will.

Any thinking person must always be willing to discuss uncomfortable facts and we should be instilling this sense of “critical thinking” in all our children. Real critical thinking, not Marxist ideology hidden in fancy words thought up by some academic.

As for whether CRT is being taught in the NBSD, that’s a tough question. CRT supporters will tell you no, because CRT is a very specific thing, written by specific authors, in specific books and journals. On this they are correct, but only superficially. While the school district may not be using that specific source material, it’s come to light that they are teaching some of the core principles of CRT. Tim Pool, a prominent Youtube newscaster, likes to call this CRAP, or Critical Race Applied Principles.

The resolution before the Board in the upcoming work session on 9/30/2021 lays out 7 of these CRAP principles. I will not list them here, but I will link the resolution itself:

It is also my understanding that NBSD Superintendent Kevin Bogatin has been pushing a program called “Equity 365”, which is also promoted by the Oregon School Board Association.

I’m sure you’ve all noticed the recent switch from using the word “equality” to the word “equity”. This is not accidental. If one searches Google for “equity vs. equality”, the first result is:

Though often used interchangeably, equality and equity are quite different. … Equality simply means everyone is treated the same exact way, regardless of need or any other individual difference. Equity, on the other hand, means everyone is provided with what they need to succeed.

This can be summarized thus. Equality refers to opportunity, while equity refers to outcome. Once again, this is straight out of Marxist ideology. It is not good enough that everyone has the same opportunity, they must also have the EXACT SAME OUTCOME. If a black student attended a bad inner-city school, while a white student attended a better rural school, equity demands that society make up the difference. We see this same train of thought in minimum wage laws, affirmative action and reparations for slavery.

The fruits of CRT (or whatever the hell you want to call it) is redistribution of wealth until all humanity is equally miserable. I urge the North Bend School Board to reject this disgusting and racist ideology.

-Matthew Wilbanks (Editor @

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