A black man who earned two medical degrees has gone viral for his criticism of Critical Race Theory.
Ty Smith, a parent who hosts a weekend radio show in central Illinois, blasted CRT in a blistering short speech before a crowded district school board meeting, the latest in a growing chorus of frustrated parents who view CRT as an ideology that flies directly in the face of the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King.
Smith began by sharing a personal story from his childhood in which he and other kids on public assistance were forced to go last to receive lunch during grade school. Smith said that even though he was just in third grade, this caused him to become frustrated with his friends and stop talking to them. He believes CRT has a similar faulty mindset.
“I’m mad at them for something that wasn’t even their fault… they weren’t looking down on me,” he said “They didn’t think they were better than me. I’m the one that came up with those false perceptions of what my friends were.
“Well, how did I get where I am right now if some white man kept me down? How am I now directing over folks that look just like you guys in this room right now? How? What kept me down? What oppressed me? I worked myself off the streets to where I am right now, and you’re going to sit here and tell me this lie of Critical Race Theory? That this is the reason black folks can’t get ahead, because of white folks? Are you kidding me? I can’t believe we’re even talking about this.”
Smith closed out his impassioned comments with remarks about Dr. Martin Luther King, saying it’s the “complete reverse” of MLK’s message of judging people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. “When February comes around, don’t talk about Martin Luther King,” he said. “Don’t talk about Black History Month if you’re pretty much going to pee on his grave with this nonsense.”
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice