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Mailbag: Dr. King's dream becoming nightmare

Mailbag: Dr. King's dream becoming nightmare

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Ibram X. Kendi is soon making an appearance, virtually, at Oregon State University.

A champion of so-called anti-racism, Kendi is a proponent of critical race theory, a school of thought that frames the disparate outcomes of society in terms of victims and victimizers, solely on the basis of race. Indeed, it’s hard to consider such a perspective anti-racist; dropping the "anti-" seems much more apt. He explains, “The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination.”

It is my belief that discrimination on the basis of race is wrong. Period. I thought we had finally progressed as a nation to accept this. The racist regression taking place at the guidance of Kendi and other CRT pushers is disappointing to say the least. Dr. King’s dream is rapidly becoming a nightmare; we are applauded for judging individuals by the color of their skin rather than the content of their character.

As a staunch defender of free speech, I am not suggesting Kendi be prevented from sharing his ideas at Oregon State. Young people like myself should be exposed to a wide range of ideas, even terrible ones. I have simply asked myself what good is a spine if not used to stand for what’s right, and Kendi’s ideas are emblematic of precisely what is wrong with our nation at present. Racism veiled in academia is still racism.

Kyle King

Corvallis

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