City of Hoquiam: Commemoration or Critical Race Theory?
Updated: Jun 17
Words matter. When you include words like equity, systemic racism and social justice into a proclamation - the message loses value.
Proclamations in government are generally opportunities for politicians to virtue signal, it is what politicians do best. Recently, the Mayor of Hoquiam, Ben Winkleman made a Proclamation. It included some sincere, proclamation-worthy mentions of American History, but it also contained some Critical Race Theory word-gymastics.
One of the most famous lines about the importance of history comes to us by way of the great Winston Churchill. “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Let us not forget.
Talking about and commemorating those who died and fought against the atrocities of slavery and racism are absolutely necessary in a free country. The only caveat when crafting such a document is, choose your words carefully. This is important because you don't want your message to be taken as Marxism.
Marxism will commandeer any issue, language, protected class or subject in society. In the mind of the Marxist, the end is justified by any means necessary. Why? Because Marxism does NOT stand on its own two feet.
The Marxist (Critical Race Theorist) would have you believe that our justice system and law enforcement are systemically racist, that our economic system (capitalism) is oppressive. That private property should be abolished. Critical Race Theorists believe America was built on white supremacy and the constitution was built on slavery. A great American, Frederick Douglas said, "...if it be not somewhat singular that, if the Constitution were intended to be, by its framers and adopters, a slave-holding instrument, why neither slavery, slaveholding, nor slave can anywhere be found in it."
The intention of the Hoquiam Proclamation was likely and hopefully innocent. Perhaps it was written by legal counsel and skimmed over by the Mayor, but its errors shouldn't be overlooked.
First, the Proclamation mentions systemic racism and portrays it as a problem in our society today. Equal protection under the law in the 14th amendment (ratified in 1868) was enacted so that local, state and federal laws, policies and systems could not treat individuals differently. It was also the basis for many US Supreme Court cases today. Famous economist, Thomas Sowell calls systemic racism a "lie" and that unfortunately people believe something that is "repeated long enough and loud enough."
Secondly, the Proclamation mentions equity. Equity does not strive to attain equal access of opportunity for individuals, equity forces outcomes, it's theft. It requires the use of force to take from those that have acquired wealth (through hard work or by pure luck) in order to distribute to those the Critical Race Theorists deem as the oppressed (which is usually based on racial lines). If the City of Hoquiam enacted an Ordinance today based on equity (forced equal outcomes), it would be thrown out under the 14th amendment. As it should be.
In the Proclamation it says, "commitment to work toward equity for all", which is antithesis to the rule of law and our constitution. How about, "we commit to working together toward equal access of opportunity for all"?
“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”
- Frederick Douglass
I believe the poorly worded Proclamation was likely an oversight, but it is nevertheless an opportunity to bring up a very important and real issue on the rise in today's society. Marxism. Marxism will not stop, it will morph, adapt and evolve to accomplish its end. We must stop it.
If I could leave my readers with one crucial piece of information. It is the 18 minute video below. It was created by Christopher Rufo and you should watch it from start to finish.