critical race theory: empathy and narrative

My son got his driver's license this fall. For a year leading up to that day my son and I spent hours together driving the roads of southwest Missouri. I loved having my son as a captive audience during those drives. We'd talk about sports, school, girls, and God. I'd also coach him on his … Continue reading critical race theory: empathy and narrative

critical race theory: privilege and systemic racism

In my third post reflecting on Critical Race Theory: An Introduction I take a look at the second chapter of the book, "Hallmark Critical Race Theory Themes." In the chapter, the authors summarize four important themes of CRT: Interest convergence, material determinism, and racial realism - Critical race theorists fall into two different camps. Idealists … Continue reading critical race theory: privilege and systemic racism

critical race theory: bitter roots?

What is critical race theory and where does it come from? Delgado and Stefancic begin to answer this question in the introduction to their book. A clear and broadly agreeable definition for CRT is sometimes hard to find - especially from those who claim to be favorable to the theory. It's sort of like trying … Continue reading critical race theory: bitter roots?

critical race theory, friend or foe?

Critical race theory (CRT). What have you heard about it? What do you think about it? What in the world is it? CRT has been in the news a lot lately. President Trump has recently banned its use in diversity training in federal agencies. We didn't get a single question about Chinese persecution of religious … Continue reading critical race theory, friend or foe?

two perspectives on racism and what they need to hear from each other

Saying racism is "wrong" doesn't go far enough. I can make a wrong turn. I can give the wrong answer on a test. Wrongness doesn't sufficiently capture the diabolical nature of racism. Racism de-humanizes and degrades. It is a toxin that destroys and victimizes both the abused and the abuser. It is an egregious offense … Continue reading two perspectives on racism and what they need to hear from each other

demons of walmart

We are a people who are understandably obsessed with causation. The moment something of great importance happens we turn our collective attention to the question of causes. In the case of moments of great joy and wonder, this rush to causation has the effect of "breaking the spell." Rather than reveling in the moment, we … Continue reading demons of walmart