If you would like to understand more about the ideology behind Black Lives Matter, identity politics, or the cancel culture, I think this little paper on Critical Race Theory might be a helpful tool, and even if you know most of the terms and feel familiar with the subject, perhaps there are things you could learn about the history of racism or the philosophical and historical roots of Critical Race Theory.
I began studying Critical Race Theory (CRT) because the Southern Baptist Convention (the largest Protestant denomination in the United States) voted to accept Resolution 9, which approved of CRT as a “set of analytical tools” to address the social dynamics associated with race. I wanted to understand what CRT was about and if I agreed with the decision of the delegates to the denomination.
Since the death of George Floyd, CRT has burst onto the American scene. Terms like systemic racism, microaggressions, and marginalization are showing up in Tweets, Facebook posts, newscasts, and conversations about race. I initially thought CRT threatened to divide the Southern Baptist Convention, but now I wonder if it might even divide our nation.
What exactly is this dangerous ideology? Where did it come from? How did it develop? Is it biblical? I try to address these questions in this downloadable PDF paper.