Critical Race Theory is Corrupting Buddhism

By Manu Rheaume

March 26, 2021

Honestly, I really was thinking that I could just go along on my Buddhist way and avoid politics, except for a little just sprinkled on top for flavor, but it seems like it’s not meant to be. Lately, I’ve been strongly considering joining a Buddhist Chaplaincy program to become a chaplain in a hospital or military. This has come with one major problem. The universities are infested with an ideology I find so dishonest and harmful to our country that in all truth, I may have to pursue a different path entirely. I don’t think I can avoid politics without feeling like I am doing a disservice to those who follow me, so even though Humble Stature is primarily devoted to spirituality and Buddhism, it’s time to speak up.

I believe leftists are racist and seek to make every thing about race.  They believe that unless there is an equal outcome among all races, it’s a sign that there is systemic oppression.  This view is called, Critical Race theory, and it’s infiltrated not only the colleges but also Buddhism in America.  There are five Buddhist colleges in America, all of them not only teach but believe, that this is the correct lens from which to view the world.

In a recent letter written by the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS) the President and Dean talk about anti-Asian violence, in which they site the murder of six Asian women in Atlanta, neglecting the fact that this man also killed two other white people in his attack. This article goes on to say, “Whereas these events have been receiving more and more media attention of late, we understand that they are part of a centuries-long pattern of white supremacy in this country that has resulted in both individual and state sponsored acts of cruelty toward Asian Americans and Asian American Buddhists.” It’s amazing to me how even when white people are being killed due to a crime, known to have been committed by a man with a “sexual addiction” as the news is calling it, it’s still is due to white supremacy. This article is not only one of the first things on the IBS website, but also on the Buddhist Churches of America website, which oversees all Buddhist ecclesiastic certifications for Buddhist Chaplains within America, meaning if they don’t like you, you can’t become a Buddhist Chaplain.

Since it’s related, I guess I might as well also address Black Lives Matter (BLM).This was a massive thing for all the Buddhist universities as well, who unanimously believed that everything negative done to black people is because of white supremacy and institutionalized racism. Personally, I believe BLM is a shill for the democrat party and that they actually perpetuate racism instead of healing anything. This view led to both a large amount of support and people unfriending me. Eventually, this set the foundation for why I started a Facebook group called, The Buddhist Right (which I have since changed to a group for Humble Stature). To me, all this made it crystal clear that it’s near impossible to talk to anyone who holds critical race theory to be true because they will always see you as racist and nothing else.

I’ve always had friends of every race and race does exist, but I’ve always lived by, and encourage others to live by, judging others by their character, by whether or not they are kind and compassionate.  Tolerance of others is a Buddhist value and what much of the left misses is that they don’t tolerate differences of opinions.  They don’t see people are being humans who make mistakes and need love and understanding regardless. One of my favorite examples of this is the black musician, Daryl Davis, who used to meet with KKK members and just have a heart to heart with them. He showed them that he was kind, had similar family values, and wasn’t to be feared. This type of work is amazing and honestly one of the things we massively need more of in this country.

To give a Buddhist example of this, there was a time when someone who ran his own Buddhist media company messaged me because I was going to talk with a man who was famous for being a Nazi Buddhist.  He urged me that I would be guilty by association if I talked to him or let him into my group. However, much like Daryl Davis, my point of view has always been that if he does hold those views and says something I disagree with I’ll say something and we can talk about it. Keep in mind here, that I’m 33% Jewish and believe Nazism is completely wrong, but none the less, this Nazi Buddhist was very sincere in wanting to learn and spread Buddhism.  People are so quick to judge and then hate people they don’t understand.

Myself and so many of my white friends all have horror stories where we’ve been accused of being racist or being told we’re are bad for being white.  Nowadays, everything a white person does is considered to be part of some grand white supremacy plan in which all white people must be continually punished and I for one am not going to stand by without saying anything. Just to reiterate here, I don’t care what race someone is and accept everyone, even those who hold these views I am criticizing here. The issue is they refuse to let me and others who think like me to live peacefully under the law and can’t help but push their agenda not only in colleges, but in elementary school and other places where the students there don’t have the ability to defend themselves.

In college, I not only had my grades affected due to my political beliefs (which I have direct proof of), but I’ve had people throw trash into my car and I’ve been yelled at. I believe that the reason I was not accepted into the Masters of Divinity program at the college I got my bachelors from, University of the West, was because of my political beliefs. Last but not least, I was also impeached as president of the student government at that college because they claimed I was racist, which was probably also a factor in not being accepted back. This claim I was racist also happens to coincide with me coming off of a long-term relationship with an Asian and black girl.

All in all, this is an issue that is personal for me and does affect my life and the life of my friends which is why I feel like I need to say something.  I value the truth and the truth is, love and understanding are what leads to healing, not the vilification and polarization we are seeing today.  To conclude, I just want to thank everyone who read this and feel free to let me know what you think about this on TY, FB, or IG.  May you all be peaceful, happy, and liberated.

Correction 4/6/21:

       So for those of you who don't know, my mom was adopted, so growing up I never knew what half of me was. About a year ago, my brother did a DNA test which, came back as being mostly Ashkenazi Jew. It also said I was Scottish, British, German, Native American with a couple other things thrown in.  For this reason, from then on I basically talked about being partly Jewish, specifically Russian Jew.  

        After my last article on critical race theory, I had a couple people asking me about how I could be 33% Jewish, which while I always knew was also a religion, seemed to also be something that could be genetically tested, at least according to Ancestry.com. A year later, I have now checked those same results and noticed a number of changes.  The largest being that it says I'm 8% French, which was subtracted from the prior 10% German DNA. That makes sense since my last name is French.

        With that said, I have also done more research into DNA testing and have started to believe that it's more of a scam than anything else. There is a wonderful video of a guy DNA testing his lizard which then comes back as being mostly from Africa... The fact that they couldn't even tell that this was a lizard being tested is fairly disappointing. In conclusion, I'm no longer going to be claiming to be anything other than a Caucasian red-blooded America.  Honestly, I wouldn't even say anything about this publicly, but since I've brought this up before, I thought I'd better set the record straight.

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