Critical race theory used to be a subject that was relegated to the halls of academia, but that is no longer the case. It has gone mainstream and is common in government institutions, K-12 education, and corporate training. Some see critical race theory as a helpful analytical tool or a harmless fad. Others believe critical race theory is a counterfeit version of biblical justice. This is the position I hold.
Critical race theory (CRT) takes concepts from a Judeo-Christian perspective, hollows them out, and redefines them with Marxist views and values. It uses social justice as its battering ram. CRT is an overarching belief system that has its own storyline for creation (group identity), rebellion (oppression of minorities; systemic racism is original sin; white privilege needs to be repented of; white fragility is an unwillingness or inability to confess), salvation (revolution through activism), and restoration (liberation that brings about a utopia). CRT functions as a religion for many people, which is why there is so much zeal to defend the ideology and proselytize others. It is atheistic in nature and puts man in place of God to deal with all the problems of the world by addressing systems and institutions rather than sin in the heart.
Critical race theory is infesting every level of the government and public schools all over the country. Institutions have embedded ideological tests to weed out dissenters. Licensing requirements and equity, diversity, and inclusion training are equivalent to a loyalty test and require a loyalty oath in corporate America and public education. CRT is a catechism of religious belief being taught in schools. Let’s look at a few core views of CRT.
Who am I?
CRT abandons individual autonomy and divides everyone into groups that are believed to be in constant conflict with one another focused on race, sexual identity, gender identity, and religion. All minorities are victims. You are not your own individual and are defined by the identity and actions of your group. This means that you cannot rise above the group you belong to. According to CRT, justice is not working out what is rightly due to an individual, but what is due to a person as a bearer of a group identity. In other nations that have embraced this view chaos, genocide, and totalitarianism is the result of the dehumanizing idea that individuals don’t exist. Many examples could be listed, but I will just mention that this was the thinking behind the Nazi’s with the Jews as well as the Hutus and Tutsis of Rwanda. Denying the existence of the individual destroys the very foundation of western civilization and it will destroy our country through class warfare. Tribalism, division, and hate are the fruit. Freedom, responsibility, and accountability are all casualties of this destructive belief. Individual value, worth, and dignity is the biblical idea that created the West. By contrast, the Bible affirms that individuals are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image, not group identity. It’s important to understand that groups shape us, they don’t define us.
What’s the problem?
In a word, it’s oppression. The goal of critical race theory, implemented through the social justice revolution, is to dismantle oppressive structures and transfer power and authority to victims. CRT proponents believe power hides behind all human interaction for the purpose of gaining control over those with less power. The powerful are the privileged at the expense of the unprivileged. Power is zero-sum. If one group gains, another must lose. CRT sees power as held exclusively by white, straight, male, and Christians who seek to maintain their power through a vast and hidden array of social systems such as white supremacy, the patriarchy, and traditional views of marriage, family, and sexuality. CRT does not seek power for victims so that injustice may be addressed or other people served. The motive is to shift power and place the oppressed into positions of authority. The Bible doesn’t see the problem as oppression between groups, but rebellion against God. Our fundamental problem is in the heart when we break God’s law, which leads to injustice for others.
What’s the solution?
The solution is revolution through social justice activism. Oppressed victims and their allies must unite to dismantle and overthrow oppressive power structures and build a new and better society. At the Human Rights Campaign awards banquet actress Anne Hathaway expressed this boldly,
It is important to acknowledge with the exception of being a cisgender male, everything about how I was born has put me at the current center of a damaging and widely accepted myth. That myth is that gayness orbits around straightness, transgender orbits around cisgender, and that all races orbit around whiteness. …Together we are not going to just question this myth, we are going to destroy it. …Let’s tear this world apart and build a better one.
This is not a solution to injustice. It’s a revolution that seeks to create an entirely different America. “Let your revolution come through your instruction and your education,” said Mauri Friestleben, Principal of North Minneapolis High School. The solution is the destruction of western civilization to make way for the new utopia.
CRT is Marxism
It uses the same concept applied by communists in Europe using the oppressor and oppression framework. They applied it to economics. The poor and peasants were the good guys and the middle class and rich were evil. Critical Race Theory uses the same oppressor and oppression framework, but applied to race and gender instead of economics. They believe that progression means smashing all the old forms of society – whiteness, marriage, gender, family, religion – in order to liberate humanity. Unlike communists, their method to gain control is not through economic production, but by controlling the source of cultural production such as academics, media, and corporate America. CRT is ideological totalitarianism requiring uniformity of thought. It is built upon lies. It requires that you reject the evidence you see with your eyes and ear and believe their propaganda. They believe that after humanity is freed from the chains that bind us, we will experience a radically new and improved form of life.
CRT is Racist
Racism in America used to mean unequal treatment based on skin color. Racism has been redefined to mean unequal outcomes based on group identity. That is why math can be racist. If one group of students is getting lower math scores than another group, then it is racist because they are experiencing unequal outcomes. Different outcomes for different groups is the injustice. CRT purposefully discriminates against certain groups to level the outcomes. It has become a culturally acceptable means of racism under the banner of equity and equal outcomes. Vice President Kamala Harris wrote on Twitter: “There’s a big difference between equality and equity. Equality suggests everyone should get the same amount. Equity is about giving people the resources and the support they need, so that everyone can be on equal footing, and then compete on equal footing. Equitable treatment means we all end up in the same place.”
Moral authority is given to those in victim classes. If you check the box of multiple victim statuses, this is called intersectionality. It means that you are more easily able to spot other people’s biases; so therefore, you have greater moral authority. Those who are in oppressor categories don’t recognize they have biases. The authority for truth becomes people’s subjective lived experiences. This is a new secular, moral code and those who don’t live according to it are identified as bigots, racists, and misogynists by the mob.
Critical race theory is a perversion of something only God can accomplish in society by transforming the human heart through Jesus Christ. It appeals to people because it promises progress, a utopian future, and has a built in morality. It is a religious replacement using religious categories. It appeals to atheists, secularists, and those who are alienated from church or family. We must understand that we are not dealing with a theory or a political idea, but a secular religion. It is not harmless or helpful. It is dangerous and destructive and should be rejected.