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Jason Hill: Critical Race Theory Serves to Usher in Communist Agenda in America

Jason Hill: Critical Race Theory Serves to Usher in Communist Agenda in America

December 7, 2021

Critical race theory has become the philosophic foundation supporting a Marxist communist agenda sweeping American society, according to philosophy professor Jason Hill.

Acting as racial managers or agents for African Americans, practitioners of critical race theory (CRT) are after power and aim to “destroy all those foundational values, all those codified values, and principles that we use in times of crisis,” Hill said in a recent interview with Epoch TV’s “American Thought Leaders” program.

Critical race theorists “want to first erase personal identity, then erase history, erase those codified values to usher in a new, what I would call, Marxist communist agenda in our society,” he added.

CRT’s view of America as systemically racist is “a misperception of reality,” Hill said. This central proposition—that the oppression of African Americans still persists today—is then used to justify CRT practitioners speaking on behalf of all black Americans, depriving the community of their own agency, according to Hill. But these activists don’t actually care about uplifting the black population, he added.

Hill’s own experience in America, detailed in his 2018 book “We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People,” presents an alternative view to CRT’s portrayal of racism in the United States.

With $120 in his pocket, Hill immigrated to the United States from Jamaica at 20. He worked to earn tuition for his degrees, including a doctorate in philosophy from Purdue University, and eventually became a tenured professor of philosophy at DePaul University in Chicago.

“When I came to this country, I promised that, in the name of the best within me, I would cultivate the American virtues of individualism and personal excellence and take advantage of the opportunities that lay before me,” said Hill in an opinion article published in 2018.

In his view, as the 1964 Civil Rights Act became effective, American society entered an “age of post-oppression” because the legislation gave African Americans legal equality.

Yet, black rage—not gratitude, nor a sense of relief—was an unexpected reaction to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Hill told The Epoch Times. He said the outcome was because of “a tremendous identity crisis” black Americans faced since their identity had been forged by oppression until then. As a result, white people felt guilty and embarrassed about putting African Americans in such a situation.

Meanwhile, a self-esteem and self-respect movement centered upon pride in the African American identity emerged in the 1960s, Hill wrote in his new book “What Do White Americans Owe Black People: Racial Justice in the Age of Post-Oppression.”

CRT emerged in the 1970s, initially as an offshoot of critical legal theory examining the role of race in law. Derrick Bell, an African American and a civil rights lawyer often credited as one of the originators of CRT, held that racial progress only occurred in America when it aligned with the interests of the white population, and doubted whether racial equality would ever be achieved.

Hill says the CRT currently practiced is the third iteration of the movement, with the first in the 1970s under Bell and a second version in the 1990s. Today’s CRT has become the “philosophic foundation” for reparations and a “philosophic template” for many groups such as Black Lives Matter, a left-wing activist group that promotes “racial justice” in law enforcement and other domains, to find their justification.

According to Hill, who considers himself an African American, African Americans should practice “radical forgiveness” to look to the future instead of pursuing reparations for past injustices.

In his new book, he writes that the relinquishment of one’s racial identity is “an act of radical freedom.” That doesn’t mean that an individual doesn’t recognize their race; it just means that race won’t be one’s standard-bearer. In Hill’s view, culture, rather than race, serves as a more objective differentiator of individuals because culture points to common traits in beliefs, customs, and traditions.

Hill suggested in his book an idea of a “heroic racial traitor,” a satirical name because one who didn’t base one’s identity primarily on one’s race might be considered as a “traitor” in certain communities. This person would forgive the systemic racism before emancipation, and focus on leveraging the opportunities provided by full equality before the law to achieve individual identification and success.

Watch the full interview with Dr. Jason Hill and read the full transcript on EpochTV.

This article was originally published by The Epoch Times and was reprinted with the author's permission.

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Jason D. Hill is a professor of philosophy at DePaul University, and Honors Distinguished Faculty and has authored five books: What Do White Americans Owe Black People: Racial Justice in the Age of Post Oppression, We Have Overcome: An Immigrant’s Letter to the American People, Becoming a Cosmopolitan: What It Means to Be a Human Being in the New Millennium, Civil Disobedience and the Politics of Identity: When We Should Not Get Along, and Beyond Blood Identities: Posthumanity in the Twenty First Century. Professor Hill has a Ph.D. in philosophy and has been a professional writer and book author for over thirty years. He is a specialist in ethics, moral psychology, political theory, and American politics and also holds a degree in English literature and British poetry.

He has lectured and taught extensively on the subject in the United States, Europe and Asia. From 2010-2012, a consortium of four universities in England held a series of conferences devoted to Dr. Hill’s post-human cosmopolitanism and adopted the moral vision contained therein as part of their mission statements. His scholarly articles have been published in anthologies and journals in Germany, the Czech Republic and The Netherlands. In addition, he has written for various magazines and newspapers in which he has brought the tenets of cosmopolitanism to a wide audience. He is also a well-respected national public speaker. He has been interviewed regularly in various media outlets, including NBC’s Today show, The Daily Caller Show, Fox News, Fox and Friends, Spiked Magazine, Fox Business, Billy O’Reilly’s ‘NO Spin News,’ NPR, NRATV, scores of podcasts and several other mainstream/syndicated media. He is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center where he writes a bi-monthly column for Front Page Magazine. Professor Hill also writes frequently for THE HILL, The Federalist, Commentary Magazine, The American Mind, American Greatness, and Quillette Magazine. He is working on two new books: 'Jamaica Boy' in Search of Ayn Rand, and, Leading in the Midst of Chaos: Creating America's New Manifest Destiny.

He is deeply committed to Moral Foundationalism, Moral Universalism, the absolutism of reason, intransigent individualism, and unfettered capitalism.

Professor Hill came to the United States at the age of twenty from Jamaica, and he has thrived beyond his wildest dreams. He remains incredibly grateful to this country for its bountiful opportunities.

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