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CRT, DEI Won’t Enhance Public Safety

NEWSMAX– “Racism, hatred and white supremacy aren’t facts of the past, and speaking about these persistent evils in American society isn’t meant to instill guilt or impose a political agenda,” pontificated the editorial board of the leftwing Miami Herald days after deranged 21-year old gunman Ryan Christopher Palmeter murdered three Blacks at a Jacksonville, Florida store before turning the gun on himself on Aug. 26.

Proponents of critical race theory (CRT) and diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI), including their most visible theorist Ibram X. Kendi, may well disagree with the Herald’s editors.

Kendi, whose books are usually included on DEI reading lists in schools, colleges, and universities, argues that all white people — including children and babies — are inherently racists and must be discriminated against to right past and present wrongs.

As the editors barely acknowledge, the evidence suggests that Palmeter was severely mentally ill.

A college dropout who lived with his parents, who are both registered Democrats, in 2017 Palmeter was taken into involuntary state mental health custody under the Baker Act, a Florida state law that allows for the temporary detention of individuals believed to be a danger to themselves or others.

A year earlier, his parents summoned the police when Palmeter got into a violent confrontation with his older brother, who is currently serving an eight-year prison sentence for armed robbery.

At the time of the shooting, Palmeter was reportedly in therapy and on medication.

Palmeter apparently left rambling white supremacist writings, but the Herald would like for you to believe that his true inspiration was the recent politics of Florida higher education.

“Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican lawmakers have spent the past two years demonizing an AP Black studies course, scaring parents about critical race theory and painting diversity, equity and inclusion — DEI — as anti-American,” the paper’s editors lamented, in a worrying implication that labeling all of the country’s white citizens “racists” and all of its minorities “victims” is somehow “pro-American.”

There is simply no evidence that any recent legislation regarding race in Florida, which was passed and took effect after Palmeter dropped out of college, inspired him to his evil act.

Chronologically, it could not have been his inspiration any more than it inspired the dramatically worse 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which another severely troubled gunmen killed 17 people, or similar events — including racist incidents — in other states that have not restricted CRT or DEI.

Still less has anyone else among the millions of Floridians who favor the legislation committed any murder believed to have racial motivations.

Even if Palmeter had still been enrolled when the recent Florida legislation came into effect, he was a student at Flagler College, a private liberal arts institution that is not governed by any of that legislation, which applies only to the state’s public schools.

Like all or virtually all private institutions in Florida, Flagler College still maintains an “Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” that cannot be abolished or defunded by state law.

And even with regard to public institutions, legal resistance has held up major portions of the legislation, which have yet to be implemented anywhere.

It is in fact exposure to CRT and DEI that might pose a greater danger to civic order.

Corporate diversity programs, which are now facing steep cuts across the nation, have proved to be divisive, reinforce harmful racial stereotypes, and alienate employees of different backgrounds from each other.

In 2022, diversity positions were reduced by 33%, with further reductions this year, after having previously been the fastest growing category of employment.

Numerous lawsuits have successfully challenged DEI programs in educational institutions, alleging that they violate anti-discrimination laws or equal treatment protections, while many academic diversity officials have voluntarily left their jobs, citing stress, ostracism, and lack of support.

If the Herald’s editors bothered to read the Florida legislation they falsely identify as Palmeter’s inspiration, moreover, they would see that it restricts instructors in our state’s public institutions from teaching students that they are inherently oppressors or victims because of their race.

This is the opposite of racism, yet the Herald’s editors are against it.

Do they agree with Kendi and other CRT and DEI theorists that whites should be taught they are inherently racists, and that minorities should be taught they are inherently victims?

Do they support discriminatory programs in Florida’s public institutions, which research by the investigative media personality Christopher Rufo has proved are pervasive?

Could they be the true racists in the story?

“DeSantis said the right things in the wake of the shooting,” they admitted.

The governor called Palmeter a “scumbag,” denounced his racist writings, and promised state funds to increase security at Edward Waters University, a historically black institution where Palmeter was observed acting suspiciously prior to his crime.

DeSantis also laudably pronounced that “we are not going to let people be targeted based on their race.”

That is a sentiment as much at the heart of his anti-CRT and anti-DEI legislation as it is in his law-and-order approach to crime, which has fallen in Florida in each of the past 50 years even at it has substantially risen recently in pro-CRT and pro-DEI states.

Yet at the same time, the Herald editorial board seems to believe the governor is a cynical racist who may behave differently “when reporters and cameras have moved on.”

“CRT, DEI and ‘woke’ don’t kill people,” their op-ed concludes.

That is probably cold comfort to the families of at least 25 Americans who were killed and thousands who were injured or suffered loss in the “mostly peaceful” race riots that followed George Floyd’s killing in 2020.

But it unfortunately suggests that the editors of Florida’s largest circulation newspaper are committed to a Marxist-inspired racist agenda that Floridians have decisively rejected and all Americans should reject.

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