CRT isn’t for a history curriculum
The O’Jays addressed the proponents of Critical Race Theory in their 1972 song, “992 Arguments.” Oscar Hammerstein II also discussed Critical Race Theory in the song, “You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught” (part of the musical “South Pacific.”)
Critical Race Theory was developed as legal theory, not a history curriculum. The Marxist proponents of Critical Race Theory are not interested in teaching our children the history of slavery. Our schools do teach our children about our country’s greatest sin — slavery. If one wants to teach our children about the evils of slavery, one will focus on modern slavery in countries such as China and North Korea (Marxist countries), and Eritrea and Mauritania (both authoritarian dictatorships similar to Marxist regimes.) Notice the theme. The United States currently has the best record on dealing with modern slavery in the world.
As one dear writer recently shared, our country was founded by a group of “white guys.” Fortunately, those evil “white guys” provided us with the Bill of Rights in our Constitution which makes all our freedoms legal so that the President Xi’s of the world cannot take them from us unless we make horrible decisions.
By the way, the Chinese communist party is very much in favor of us teaching Critical Race Theory to our children. Maybe we should focus on teaching our children about freedom and kindness and private property rights. It is interesting to note that the Chinese communist party recently outlawed the teaching of English in private schools in China — the continued effort to limit the freedom of thought.
Wes Barrow, Thousand Oaks
Guns don’t intensify crime
I agree with Marty Ryzak’s Dec. 27 letter, “Criminals target ‘gun free’ zones,” and disagree with Carrie Jones’ Dec. 28 letter, “Need to change views on guns.”
How does anyone feel that gun control will bring us a safer country when “outlaws” will always find a way to get guns. The only guns not on streets will be those of law-abiding citizens. Criminals are emboldened when they know others have no guns. Guns don’t intensify crime — lax laws and lax prosecutors intensify crime as does zero or low bail.
Just look at the states that have that and the cities such as Los Angeles and Chicago. I do believe in strict background checks, but when people can make guns from 3-D printers now that have no serial numbers, etc., that does not stop those people. Let’s open our eyes and see it as it really is. Parents need to be aware of locking up guns and know their children more deeply, spending time with them, getting them mental help when they need it, and not just ignoring them like there’s no problem.
We need to bring God back into our families and into our lives in every area. He is the only one who can change people’s hearts.
Rev. Linda Calderon, Oxnard