Speaking at the National Archives on Thursday for Constitution Day, President Trump railed against the pervasive rise of Critical Race Theory in culture and public institutions, taking aim at the Smithsonian in particular.
"A perfect example of Critical Race Theory was recently published by the Smithsonian Institution," Trump said. "This document alleged that concepts such as hard work, rational thinking, and the nuclear family and belief in God were not values that unite all Americans — but were instead aspects of 'whiteness.' This is offensive and outrageous to Americans of every ethnicity, and it is especially harmful to children from minority backgrounds who should be uplifted, not disparaged. Teaching this horrible doctrine is child abuse in the truest sense of those words."
Critical Race Theory is a Marxist philosophy that teaches that all white people are inherently racist and that the United States is a white supremacist nation designed specifically and intentionally to be discriminatory and exploitative toward minorities. The president, who signed an order halting all Critical Race Theory training in federal agencies this month, singled out a document recently published by the Smithsonian that pushes this philosophical worldview.
The document, created by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, aligns "whiteness" with things such as individualism, the nuclear family, objective thinking, Christianity, delayed gratification, and more.
During his speech, Trump also announced the creation of a "1776 Commission" to promote patriotic education and counter the revisionist historical narratives of works such as The New York Times's "1619 Project."