Are you oppressed? Do you feel like a victim, or does your family have some sad stories in its history?
Or, do you see yourself as privileged? Are you and others like you better off than other groups of people?
For most of us, the answer to the first question is ‘yes.’ We can find some story of how our family went through hard times, and struggled.
The answer to the second question is probably ‘no’ for most of us. We don’t feel privileged in our modern, stressed-out times.
You have probably heard of “CRT” or “Critical Race Theory.” This is an extension of Critical Theory, which is, in my opinion, the best description of Leftist or Progressive thinking. Critical Theory forms the basis for Marxism, also known as Communism. Communists often had violent revolutions because of their core belief that the problems of the world need to be fixed with radical change. “Change” might be a violent revolution, or an election victory, but it brings a revolution, things change.
If we believe that there are groups of people, and some of them are oppressed victims, while the others are their oppressors, it is easy to see how this can be applied to race relations. In American history, there were, in some places, numerous slaves from Africa, with dark skin, and other people with light skin who abused the slaves to become very wealthy.
History is complicated, and it’s not happening now, but it’s easy to see how Critical Theory can become Critical Race Theory. It is one way to read history.
The arguments and debates mostly belong in universities, among historians, but things are changing. Critical theory is becoming the way we understand ourselves today. Critical race theory can make you a member of a class that victimizes other people, and that is only because of the color of your skin. Other people have inherited victim status because of the color of their skin.
You may not know it, but you are one of them, on one side or the other.
According to the theory, we don’t solve problems by changing ourselves, one at a time. We fix everything by liberating the victim groups and putting the oppressor groups down. There is no need to forgive or reconcile in a revolution.
There are many critics of Critical Theory, but we should know that is out there, and in many places, it is becoming law, or at least policy in schools.
So, is Critical Race Theory right or wrong? It is coming into our lives, and we should have an idea.
I went to high school in revolutionary times. I’m old enough to remember the seventies, and when I started high school, I joined the “Human Survival Club.” I thought we would learn about camping and outdoor activities, but it turned out, I had joined a Marxist revolutionary club. They wanted to organize protest movements by organizing ‘us’ against ‘them.’
We were the good guys.
I un-joined that club and joined a group of Christians. We were mostly Jesus People, and we had a revolution. The Jesus Revolution was real to each of us, one at a time. We brought our changed selves to the group.
On the other revolutionary side, people were innocent or guilty, depending on what group they were identified with. You could be a good and noble person, just by joining the revolutionaries. And you would be evil, if you were identified as one of those others. I don’t think they knew what to do with us Jesus revolutionaries.
I knew myself, and I knew I needed to change on the inside. Joining a movement, or a club, or the best church in town, would not put the revolution where it needed to be; inside me.
In the Jesus Revolution we knew “All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” (Isaiah 53: 6). Each of us goes ‘astray’ on our own, and a real revolution has to happen in each one of us; we need to be forgiven and given a new start.
An old proverb is; ‘If you open a cookie jar and find a mouse inside, that mouse is not a cookie because of where it is located.’
Critical Race Theory can make me a suspect, because of the color of my skin. As if the bad people are all members of ‘them.’ The oppressed victims are all in the other group. That usually translates to people with pale skin being guilty of racism by association.
That is revolutionary racism and it is morally wrong. I am guilty by my actions, not by my associations.
I want to stay with the Jesus Revolution; the one that really is changing the world:
“When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! All these new things are from God who brought us back to himself through what Christ Jesus did. And God has given us the privilege of urging everyone to come into his favor and be reconciled to him. For God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others.” (2 Corinthians 5: 17 to 19)