Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel ("Astor Motel") while touring in Florida. Photograph showing Duke Ellington swinging a bat in front of his "Duke Ellington: Mr. Hi-Fi of 1955" tour bus; sign for "Astor Motel - Colored" in background.

NEW YORK — Far more than a mere slap in the face, Critical Race Theory is a brass-knuckled beat down of white and black Americans who bravely have battled slavery, Jim Crow, and other forms of anti-black racism. Since Democrat-fueled, state-mandated segregation ended in 1964, even more white and black Americans have labored to advance the latter’s freedom, prosperity, and life prospects. CRT dismisses and defames these priceless efforts. 

And because it judges people solely on skin color, CRT epitomizes racial prejudice. Thus, CRT has earned an icy, windswept spot atop the ash heap of history.

In the 1850s, William Lloyd Garrison and Thomas Garett were among the white abolitionists who helped former slave Harriet Tubman guide 300-plus Southern blacks north to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Inspired, in part, by former slave Frederick Douglass’ moral case for abolition, Republican President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. The Union Army crushed the Confederacy and slayed slavery in 1865. Human cost: 364,511 Northern fatalities, predominantly white. Southern deaths: 260,000.

In the mid-1930s, white impresario John Hammond promoted Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, and other black jazz greats among white audiences. Benny Goodman integrated his band when he hired pianist Teddy Wilson and vibraphonist Lionel Hampton, both black. 

Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ white co-owner, signed Jackie Robinson in April 1948 as Major League Baseball’s first black player. Rickey admired Robinson’s stoicism, which helped him endure the abuse of racists on and off the field. His calm, elegance, and athletic prowess turned foes into fans.

Walter F. White, the NAACP’s black chief, was among those who persuaded white Democrat President Harry Truman to integrate the U.S. Armed Forces in July 1948.

In 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, GOP-nominated Chief Justice Earl Warren and eight other white jurists endorsed black civil rights attorney Thurgood Marshall’s argument that racially segregated schools were unconstitutional.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other black civil-rights pioneers encouraged white senators Everett Dirksen (R – Illinois) and Hubert Humphrey (D – Minnesota) to foil a filibuster by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia and other Democrat segregationists and pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Democrat President Lyndon Johnson signed it into law. Jews worked especially closely with King on this and other triumphs for equal justice under law.

Coretta Scott King, Dr. King’s widow, peered over Republican President Ronald Wilson Reagan’s shoulder as he signed the MLK national holiday into law in 1983. Reagan also reauthorized the Voting Rights Act of 1965 for 25 years and made Colin Powell America’s first black National Security Advisor.

Legendary white music executive Clive Davis made multi-millionaires of Miles Davis; Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston, and numerous other black artists. They, in turn, made millions for his record labels. Worldwide, fans cheered.

Early this millennium, Republican President G.W. Bush, appointed Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice as America’s first two black secretaries of state, launched Washington, D.C.’s school voucher program, and reauthorized the Voting Rights Act through 2031.

President Donald J. Trump worked with the heads of Historically Black Colleges and Universities to secure a steady stream of federal aid for those campuses. He reauthorized and guaranteed $45 million in fresh funds for D.C. vouchers. President Trump worked with black activists to enact the First Step Act criminal justice reform measure and huddled with Senator Tim Scott (R – South Carolina), who is black, to revitalize 8,764 low-income Opportunity Zones, whose residents are 57 percent non-white, including 23 percent who are black.

Beyond these high-profile examples, tens of millions of unsung whites and blacks work, play, worship, and live together — if not in pristine harmony then at least in sincere attempts to achieve that ideal.

These centuries of white-black cooperation confirm that CRT is a gargantuan, nauseating lie. America’s rich, unfolding history of interracial collaboration for freedom, justice, and opportunity affirmatively answers the late Rodney King’s immortal question: “Can we all get along?”

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research.

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JOHN
2 months ago

Can somebody please make liberals, both black and white read this? And comprehend it?

scd
2 months ago
Reply to  JOHN

Not in this lifetime, it just won’t happen, because if it did then the democ-rat party would be finished.

Bret
2 months ago

If anyone ever went to College or even started looking through history they would see that what happened in Africa before the Tribal Leaders sold the slaves to the Slave Ships was far worse than anything they experienced here in America!!! They called it the Breaking of the Will! They tortured the slave mercilessly so that the slave would never want to return to Africa because the Tribal leaders were afraid that the slave would eventually return to kill the Tribal Leader!

Bret
2 months ago

But I guess that is supposed to be fine with all people here in America because they didn’t have to suffer through it themselves!!!

Bret
2 months ago

Race Theory has never been Critical, it has been around since after the time of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden! Always just propping up lies and trying to make 1 race feel superior to another! We are all in the same boat here on this Earth and we were all created by GOD every single person you see is GOD’s child as well no matter what pigment their body produces!

Maria
2 months ago

The white Supremacist dems switched they racism to CRT, racist don’t change.

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robert6391
2 months ago
Reply to  Maria

Maria
Now since the people who pushed race discrimination and slavery was the Conservative party as they still do. Exactly why every Conservative Administration has the smallest number of other than whites than any other political party. The fact is the Democrats were the Conservative party up until 1964, when the Civil Rights laws when the Dixiecrats tried to take over the Liberal Democratic party and it ended up with the Liberals also taking over the Democratic party.

Pamela J
2 months ago
Reply to  robert6391

Please go get an enema in both ears to flsuh out the lying leftist indoctrination.

robert6391
2 months ago

Some can always pick parts and pieces which show their point of view, but those parts in no way actually tell the entire story of how discrimination mostly in the South continued right up until today, maybe not openly. In the 1970s in the military other than whites had to work much harder to get promoted or get into a higher job, along with that women were treated the same way, just white men were suppose to be in the military according to some. A very good example was the movie about Brashear, who the upper military was totally against.
I think the actual total story about race should be told and the names of those responsible put in the history books of this USA, teach CRT and put it all out there.

Richard
2 months ago
Reply to  robert6391

CRT just continues the left’s mantra of minority victimhood. It is racist ideology.

Pamela J
2 months ago
Reply to  robert6391

This applies to you too:
“Please go get an enema in both ears to flsuh out the lying leftist indoctrination.”

Bette
2 months ago

God bless you Deroy! Black or white CRT pains us deeply.

Martin Schaffel
2 months ago

Your fine article describes facts that show our country is not racist but is united. Since the Marxist takeover of our institutions starting in the 1960’s, they cannot and will not allow for a united America as Marxism can only survive through chaos, violence and division in the population. CRT is only one more program that divides society, playing into their power control playbook. Common sense is the people’s main tool to fight them but like facts, it too is a tool of the past. Keep up your good work.

Maria
2 months ago

Cuomo is the sacrificing lamb to cover up the election steal being exposed at Fr anks peech com