(Article by Jeffrey Folks republished from AllNewsPipeline.com)
As a person who had devoted his entire life to promoting what was conventional, decent, and good, I was taken aback. Not that I was entirely surprised. Critical theory, with its antagonistic attitude toward ordinary society, had been gaining ground for decades. I myself had attended the first National Endowment seminar, at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1988, focusing on critical theory, and I did not like what I heard.
It turned out that I was the only member of the hiring committee to vote against the young candidate. Her other qualifications were sterling, and apparently the others on the hiring committee saw nothing wrong with her fascination with the perverse. As it was, the abnormal was well on its way to becoming normal, as it now is in almost every university in America and much of the West — and in high schools and elementary schools as well.
The so-called academic discipline of critical theory is the source of most of the social conflicts that are now arising — everything from transgender "rights" to slavery reparations to sanctuary cities to no-bail policing. It all derives from misguided sympathy with what appears to be marginal, outcast, and oppressed, but what actually constitutes a new class of privilege.
Woke supporters are intent not just on gaining equality, which they already possess as citizens, but on forcing ordinary Americans to admit and publicly support the prioritizing of and special privileges for so-called marginalized groups. Wokeness is not about "rights" — it is about favoritism on a colossal scale. It is about transforming America into a Marxist totalitarian state based on a coalition of groups antagonistic to traditional American identity. And so, ultimately, it is about destroying America as we have known it for over 200 years.
The special consideration that these groups demand comes at the expense of ordinary citizens — those decent, hardworking, family-oriented citizens who now find themselves forced to the back of the bus. Ordinary Americans pay the higher taxes necessary to fund the privileges that marginal groups now claim; ordinary folks are expected to nod in agreement as their children are subjected to woke brainwashing; ordinary people are told they must swallow the idea that the needs of homosexuals, transgenders, transvestites, criminals, illegal aliens, environmentalist radicals, communists, atheists, and anarchists come first — in education, hiring, culture, politics, and the news. There is little space or funding left for everyday Americans, who are told that they are less important and "outdated" and even "hate-filled" just because of their noble beliefs in Christianity, self-responsibility, decency, and goodness.
Critical theory began as the dream of a small number of extremely alienated left-wing academics. It has now become orthodoxy among the intelligentsia and has infected the minds of tens of millions of otherwise decent Americans, who may not understand the full implications of the ideas they promote.
How would it be if our society were to become fully "woke"? What if only marginal groups were allowed to receive honors at school, were hired and promoted ahead of those who appear normal, were listened to and validated in their careers and communities, were elected exclusively to public office — in short, what if the woke population came to control our lives in every respect? The answer should be obvious because we are well on our way to that condition already.
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