Dr. Voddie Baucham, a black evangelical Christian and pastor, wrote a book critical of the so-called critical race theory (CRT). In his recently published Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe, Dr. Baucham exposes CRT as a “sinister” worldview.
In an interview with Faithwire in April, Dr. Baucham said there were four main tenets of CRT: 1) racism is everywhere and unavoidable; 2) white people are incapable of righteous actions unless it converges with their interests; 3) rejection of the idea that objectivity is possible, and 4) the idea that knowledge is socially constructed.
Dr. Baucham wrote an op-ed that was published in the New York Post on Saturday. He discusses how leftists are trying to silence black voices like his: conservative, Christian, and opposed to government schools teaching Marxist theories to impressionable children. He’s used to being stifled when he talks about religion outside the church, he said, and now leftists are trying to silence him because he rejects the new religion of “anti-racism.”
“One dogma of this new religion is that America ‘needs to have a conversation’ about race,” Dr. Baucham wrote. “But Americans have been talking about race since at least the 1860s. Nobody is trying to avoid talking about race, but many are trying to control what is said.”
Leftist elites don’t want to hear from Dr. Baucham and black Americans like him. Those critical of CRT are considered heretics under this new religion, which has its share of zealots.
I am a descendant of slaves and a child of the Great Migration, but antiracists will tell you that I’m not really black. I suffer from internalized racism, they insist; I’m trying to “curry favor with white people.” They dismiss me and other black nonconformists as sellouts, traitors, or Uncle Toms who are “skinfolk, but not kinfolk.” Consider the slurs that the voices of “tolerance” have flung at Sen. Tim Scott since he gave the Republican response to Joe Biden’s State of the Union address.
What does it tell us about our “conversation” about race that the very people who demand it would exclude unconventional black thinkers like Thomas Sowell, Carol Swain, Shelby Steele, John McWhorter and the late Walter Williams? There is no rational debate in the church of antiracism, for it demands a blind faith. And it is punitive, for it is a religion without grace.
Read Dr. Baucham’s full op-ed here.