Since "Critical Race Theory" is trending, let's distinguish 3 senses of CRT.

Proper Sense: CRT is a legal movement aimed at understanding, resisting, & remediating how US law and legal institutions such as law schools have fostered and perpetuated racism and white supremacy./1
Derivative academic senses of CRT: The forms of CRT that develop in academia as it travels (see Edward Said on "Traveling Theory") into other academic disciplines and practices (e.g., CRT in Education and Philosophy). /2
Culture-War senses of CRT: These are so capacious and amorphous, they're nearly impossible to define. To see what I mean, consider this revealing thread by Christopher F. Rufo.

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"Your vocabulary of neighbor love, of promoting justice & mercy, of building towards life rather than towards death, and so much more have impacted not only the ways I understand and speak about justice,.../1
"...but the ways I desire to think about my calling as a follower of Christ. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for the time and energy and labor that you pour into this course, your students, the Wheaton community,..."/2
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(“Virtue-signaling, blah, blah, blah.”)
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A YouGov overnight poll says that 45% of Republican voters polled support the storming of the Capitol, 43% “strongly or somewhat” oppose it.

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Please don't reflect on yesterday, read this information, and then opt for denial.

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Remember: A revolution has been underway for years. As Du Bois noted in 1935, the question for such times is how to proceed.
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@DKCullum87 @AlsoACarpenter I'll add some thoughts.

1. The opening sentence let me know the author was likely white and unfamiliar with racial history. ("Last year was not a good year for race relations in the United States.")
2. The essay never mentions white supremacy. That's a BIG problem. /1
@DKCullum87 @AlsoACarpenter 3. Who is the "we" here: "we are often getting Spurgeon’s dictum exactly backward: we are making soft arguments and using very hard words." Seems to be speaking from and within a white gaze (eg, is this a problem in the AME?)./2
@DKCullum87 @AlsoACarpenter 4. The treatment of Delgado's and Stefancic's "Intro" reads like someone who (a) comes from communities whose thinking has historically be racialized "white," (b) is unfamiliar with much of US history, legal or otherwise, and (c) is unfamiliar with much social science lit./3
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Most of the anti-CRT (critical race theory) stuff I’ve seen coming from evangelicals is ignorant of political theory & history.

Eg: it says little to nothing about moves from absolute papal authority to Protestant forms of feudalism, or Protestant endorsement of “the State.”/1
Many of these same people can’t distinguish liberalism (political theory) from neoliberalism. And they speak of “Marxism” rather than schools of Marxist thought tied to certain folks (Marx—at some specific time—Lenin, Stalin, Trotsky, Gramsci, etc.)./2
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The hardest challenge I'm facing in light of SBC seminary presidents denying the compatibility of CRT and XNTY is processing w/ my SBC students.

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