Over at his blog, social justice atheist PZ Myers posted an entry entitled, “Why are you afraid of critical race theory?”
Myers is responding to a Washington Post story that tries to make it look like there is something wrong with parents opposing critical race theory being taught in the public schools. In response to Myers question, I suspect they are afraid of the wild-eyed zealotry that often comes attached to critical race theory (recall the video evidence of the crazed professor and the delusional teacher, both clearly brainwashed by this theory). Proponents of critical race theory want to cram their ideology down the throats of children. But let’s face it. Critical race theory is not science nor is it scientific. It is a theory in the sense that it is a…….conspiracy theory. It envisions a conspiracy of racist oppressors carefully designing a system that oppresses racial minorities everywhere and all the time. That racism is supposedly “systemic” is one way of claiming the conspiracy of oppression is ubiquitous. This “theory” is supported the same way other conspiracy theories are supported- by confusing cause with correlation and by relying heavily on confirmation bias. People are free to accept this conspiracy theory if they want, but it’s another story when you are using the tax-payer funded schools to indoctrinate children with this radical ideology disguised as knowledge.
To support my observations, watch Myers, who is supposed to be a scientist, actually try to defend critical race “theory”:
I don’t get it. As a white man, I love critical race theory — it explains so much, helps me understand my failings, and yet also provides a framework for comprehending my role in American racism that doesn’t condemn me (I know, it’s a selfish way to think about it, but that’s what’s great — it should appeal to people who only think of themselves).
Wow. Notice not once did Myers mention it is true. Not once does he mention that the evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates its truth. Instead, Myers expresses his emotional attachment to the “theory”: I love critical race theory
Myers then cites 3 reasons for his emotional attachment.
- “It explains so much.” Yet this is what all conspiracy theorists claim about their conspiracy theories. They “explain” all the previously unconnected data. Cultists likewise insist their cult beliefs “explain so much.” In other words, while Myers might be emotionally stimulated by the theory and its ability to “explain,” critical thinkers recognize this as being rather meaningless given that cultists and crackpot conspiracy theorists make the same appeal.
- “It helps me understand my failings.” Here the “theory” is once again satisfying his emotions – helping to comfort him with its “explanations.”
- “It doesn’t condemn me.” While this is not clear, Myers does seem to believe it. Once again, for Myers, its about him and his emotions. He is in love with critical race theory because it does not condemn his private racist beliefs and thoughts. He thinks by arguing “the system made me do it,” his closeted racist ideas and beliefs are excused.
Myers even fully admits he is in love with critical race theory for purely subjective reasons – “I know, it’s a selfish way to think about it, but that’s what’s great.”
I’m glad critical race theory gives some meaning and comfort to Myers’ dreary atheistic life, but this is not reason for any critical thinker to buy into it. On the contrary, that Myers’ support for critical race theory is rooted in emotional needs and selfishness suggests there is nothing substantive in critical race theory.
But then Myers digs himself deeper into the hole of dwindling credibility:
I have benefited from historical biases in education and employment, but that doesn’t mean I have to be ashamed of who I am — it means I have a responsibility to work to change the system, so that everyone has the same opportunities I did. (emphasis added)
Of course! Critical race theory means we have a “responsibility.” To do what? “to change the system.” Change it into what? Let’s take a blind guess. Anti-capitalism? Anti-police? Anti-religion? Isn’t it odd how this “theory” just happens to demand all pledge allegiance to an ideological utopia long envisioned by Marxist-type thinkers?
We’re being played.
Look, I’m not sure all critical race theory proponents would agree that Myers should not be ashamed that his privileged status is indebted to racism. But let’s be generous and assume, for the mere sake of argument, that critical race theory is correct. Even at that point, I see two serious problems for Myers. The first stems from his atheism.
I’m not sure why any atheist believes responsibility exists in an atheistic universe. As Richard Dawkins noted: “In a universe of electrons and selfish genes, blind physical forces and genetic replication, some people are going to get hurt, other people are going to get lucky, and you won’t find any rhyme or reason in it, nor any justice. The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference.”” Atheists everywhere agree with this.
In this atheistic universe, where does this “responsibility” come from? Did PZ pull it out of a unicorn’s ass and insist it is real, at least in this instance? Where is the evidence that “responsibility” actually exists? Tell us, atheist. And it only gets worse if you buy into the deterministic flavor of atheism where, as Jerry Coyne and other atheists argue, there is no such thing as moral responsibility. PZ Myers would then be delusional to think anyone had any responsibility to “change the system.”
Second, what makes PZ think he is doing anything to “change the system?” He talks and writes. But is there any evidence that his existence has made ANY difference? I see no evidence that the sum total of his writings and talking have done anything to “change the system.” And what’s with this notion that mere talking and writing are all he is responsible for? He confesses that he benefited from historical biases in education and employment. And those benefits currently exist as….wealth. Doesn’t PZ have a responsibility to transfer this personal wealth to racial minorities? Instead of willing his money and property to his children when he dies, why not will it to a black or brown family? After all, isn’t passing on accumulated wealth to your children part of systemic racism? When he retires, why not withdraw a large percentage of that money and give it to a black or brown family? Afterall, he admits the money comes from systemic racism, so it’s not truly his.
I think we all know that Myers would NOT be THAT responsible. He’ll just stick to talking and writing, because that’s the cost-free way of posturing as if you are doing something good and important. Virtue signaling and nothing more. After all, if you embrace critical race theory for emotional and selfish reason, as Myers’ has conceded, why not also use it to make it look like your talking and writing serve some “higher purpose.” More feel good reasons for peddling critical race theory. Pat yourself on the back, PZ.
Finally, Myers gives us one final reason to dismiss critical race theory:
That conservatives oppose CRT tells me something: that they oppose any change to a pattern of systemic oppression, because they benefit from the system.
Didn’t see that one coming. 😉
And contained within Myers’ sentence is the unfalsifiability of critical race “theory.” Any criticism, skepticism, or opposition of this ideology is spun as evidence FOR the theory. Clever, but intellectually dishonest.
When you have a “theory” that is embraced for emotional, selfish, and manipulative reasons, a theory supported by the confusion of cause and correlation along with confirmation bias, a “theory” that cannot be falsified, a “theory” that imparts power to those who promote it, you have a belief system that cannot be taken seriously by those who value reason, evidence, and truth.