The new religion of critical race theory

Sep 23, 2020 by

by Bill Connor, Christian Post:

Over the past few months, most Americans have begun to hear the terms “Critical Theory” or “Critical Race Theory”. Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the better moniker, as the theory is about “race, racism and power”, and so I will use CRT throughout this article. Though the roots of CRT go back to at least the 1970s, the theory has come from beyond the halls of academia to becoming a profound influence on modern society. The problem comes with the general misunderstanding of CRT as being solely about helping fight racism. CRT goes well beyond fighting racism. It not only demands a reordering of American society, but acts as a replacement for the Christian worldview in America. Let me explain.

First, I have previously written about the ideas of Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci, and Gramsci relates directly to CRT. Gramsci wrote about the need to overturn the alleged “cultural hegemony” of a society with an alternative narrative as a necessary precursor to Communist Revolution. Gramsci’s ideas generated what has become known as “Cultural Marxism”, which infiltrated American academia starting as early as the 1940s. CRT was developed at the time many American socialist and/or Marxist academics were adapting Gramscian theory to American society. It was a way to help flip the alleged cultural hegemony through the rhetoric of racism, and yet going well beyond individual racism. It was developed with a Marxist, therefore Materialist and atheist worldview, and focuses on power relationships over actual racism.

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