No doubt, you’ve heard of it by now: Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality.
CRT/I teaches that lower-melanin folks are inherently racist. It’s not if they are racist, but how. CRT/I proponent Robin D’Angelo says, “As a result of being raised as a white person in this society, I have a racist worldview. I have a deep racist bias. I have developed deep racist patterns. I have investments in the system of racism because it has served me really well.” But CRT/I is not only preached by those outside the Christian faith. One Sojourners writer says, “Without confession to the sin of white racism, white supremacy, white privilege, people who call themselves white Christians will never be free from the bondage of a lie, myth, and ideology, and an idol” (77). Ekemini Uwan of the Dallas Evangelical Conference said, “The reality is that whiteness is rooted in plunder, in theft, in enslavement of Africans, in genocide of Native Americans” (71). And there are more.
For CRT/I, racism no longer means hatred for individuals on the grounds of ethnicity, skin shade, or different physical appearance. It now refers to existence in a certain culture and physiology, particularly, American born with low-melanin.
CRT/I holds that if a white person questions the idea that melanin content renders them guilty of the sin of ethnic-based hatred (i.e. racism), they merely portray their racism and white supremacist tendencies. And, using logic and reasoning to dialogue is off-limits. The argument within CRT/I is that these are tools used by the dominant (e.g. white, etc.) to exclude the knowledges of those outside that dominant group. CRT/I holds that those who discovered the methods (e.g. logic, reason, exegesis) of legitimizing knowledge (often white, straight males) built this system of understanding for the purpose of excluding the oppressed groups and their “knowledges.” So, the dominant group is disqualified from using logic, facts, and exegesis to analyze CRT/I.
Thus, identity groups in the oppressed categories have knowledge that cannot be accessed by those in the oppressor category. This creates epistemological hierarchy and righteousness grounded in skin color, gender, and sexuality. Epistemology refers to how we can know what we know. One must inherently exist in particular ethnicities, genders, and sexual persuasion in order to inherently operate in a superior epistemology. Identity group privilege forbids you from the ability to have the true knowledges. Thus, your access to true knowledge is determined by your ethnicity, gender, and sexuality.
More could be said, but this hateful, divisive worldview needs to be thoroughly addressed. Voddie Baucham skillfully, biblically, and graciously does that in his most recent book,Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe.
Baucham begins with a captivating testimony and family history relevant to the book. He was raised “poor, without a father, and surrounded by drugs, gangs, violence, and disfunction in one of the toughest urban environment imaginable” (19). After conversion to Christ, Baucham remained what he calls an “Afrocentric Christian,” interested in “Black Power” ideology. Fast-forward many years, and Baucham becomes grounded in Scripture.
Baucham demonstrates how CRT/I is fundamentally Marxist (xii-xiii). This alone should move us in love and truth to abandon it altogether.
In a chapter titled, “Seeking True Justice,” Baucham uncovers data surrounding recent police-involved shootings. In a great illustration of Proverbs 18:17, he reveals more information concerning the many highly-politicized cases, which show a different picture than those painted through mainstream media. Adding to the clarity, he sheds light on tragic shootings you’ve never heard of, demonstrating that much is amiss. For example, Tony Timpa was a 32-year-old schizophrenic, killed by Dallas police in 2016. Timpa called the police, saying he was off his meds and needed help. While in cuffs, police implemented additional restraint by placing a knee and hands on his back and neck for fourteen minutes, during which time Timpa pled, “You’re gonna kill me!” Timpa then went limp, during which time officers mocked him and joked. Though officers killed him, they remained on duty in 2017 with no disciplinary action, and body-came footage was not released for three years. Bauchum provides much more alarming data on popular, high-profile cases.
Every religion has common ingredients: a cosmology, view of the absolute, a proposal of what is wrong in the world, proposal of how to fix it, a standard of righteousness, a priesthood, and canon. Looking at each category, Baucham thoroughly demonstrates how CRT/I is its own, gospel-less religion. This is essential to understand, especially for Christians who propose to hold CRT/I alongside biblical Christianity.
We recommend this as a must-read for every Christian. Our church is reading the book together, and discussing in home fellowship groups. These are days where Christians, like the sons of Issachar, must understand the times and know what to do (1 Chron. 12:32). Fault Lines is also a great book for those who do not profess Christ for at least two reasons. First, it sheds greater light on the manufactured narrative concerning many controversial shootings. Second, regardless of spiritual persuasion, the book demonstrates how CRT/I is its own religion; the newest and most aggressive religion overtaking many places.