Word Nerd Wednesday: What Anti-Racism Really Means

It hasn’t been lost on regular readers of this blog that I am a devout Christian. It isn’t an explicit focus of this blog, but every now and again, I review Christian books and discuss classical Christian education.

A recent development in the American Christian church is a renewed push to combat racism in this country. The implication, patently false on its face by every metric, is that racism is a serious problem where no progress has been made for the past 60 years. However, that’s not really what I want to get into today.

My concern with this post is the startling number of Christians, mostly good -if non thinking- people drawn in by cleverly chosen words and phrases, who have jumped on to this “anti-racism” bandwagon. They sincerely believe that embracing this ideology is the Christian thing to do.

Here’s the problem, though. The king of anti-racism and author of the best selling book How to Be and Anti-racist, has declared emphatically, that this ideology which has made him richer than most of us can imagine, is explicitly anti-Christian. Here is Ibram Kendi making it crystal clear that his theology explicity rejects Jesus as Savior:

The Truth about Anti-Racism and Christianity

This is something where I feel compelled to raise my “black voice” to contend for the faith.

There are people much more compelling, educated and articulate than me tackling this. To that end, I want to plug Voddie Baucham. He is an extremely intelligent apologist for the Christian faith who is being used in amazing ways.

On April 6, he has a new book coming out called Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe. The book is already coming under immense pressure and attack from within American Evangelicalism. A major Christian bookstore has already tried to cancel it, but was thwarted. The mainstream press is trying tie a ministry with which Bro. Voddie is connected to the massage parlor shooting in Atlanta, which is such a weak attempt that I can only surmise this is an additional preemptive attack on Voddie’s book.

There is nothing the left hates more than a well-educated, articulate, critically thinking black conservative voice. I pre-ordered my copy through Walmart, for reasons of principle, but Bro. Voddie has made it clear that the best way to help launch the book is to buy through Amazon.

When I receive my copy, I plan to read and review it here. I may even blog through it, so it would be encouraging to know that some of you have pre-ordered and are reading along with me so that we can search through these truths together.

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

19 thoughts on “Word Nerd Wednesday: What Anti-Racism Really Means

  1. Will S. says:

    It’s worth discussing the weasel words term ‘anti-racism’.

    On its face, that term would appear to mean ‘opposed to racism’, to which few would object.

    However, ideologues like Kendi have made it clear that it means subscribing to their cultural Marxist ideology, which means promoting the goals and tactics of the BLM movement, and that it isn’t enough to merely not be racist, else one is somehow aiding and abetting and empowering racism, but one must actively oppose racism according to their Marxist ideology, which includes distorting the gospel to promote social justice, so called, at the expense of saving souls for Christ.

    Just as ‘Black Lives Matter’ has become a loaded phrase which doesn’t merely mean what those three words in a phrase would mean to most people (who would disagree other than a neo-Nazi or whatever) but a burn-down cities, promote defunding police, etc., as we saw last summer, cultural Marxist catch-all ideology, so too we should avoid calling ourselves ‘anti-racist’ because that means letting the Left set the terms of our language usage, something we ought to avoid as much as possible. If they set the terms of language use, they frame the terms of a debate in a way that tends to give them wins in public discourse, so refuse to play the game by their terms, on their turf.

    Like

  2. Elspeth says:

    @ Will:

    Yes! This is a point Voddie Baucham has been trying to make for the past 5 or 6 years, so you’re in good company.

    Namely, that when we use these terms, transposing our own understanding of their meanings is foolish. We need to learn how those who coin the words define them and take them at their word that this is exactly what they mean, not some benign interpretation that we project onto it from our place of ignorance.

    Like

  3. hearthie says:

    I preordered it through Amazon, just to support our brother Voddie. HOPING it makes a best-seller list.

    Also I think it might be great for the convos my (black) mentee and I have about the awkwardness of race relations and how she keeps getting drawn into convos she doesn’t want to have.

    But that was an afterthought. I just wanted to support Baucham and mess with the bestseller lists.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. maea says:

    Everything Will said. What the leftists and everyone cosigning this nonsense are doing is nothing short of dog whistling. Of course, anyone who disagrees with BLM is “anti-black,” including blacks who disagree.

    There is nothing the left hates more than a well-educated, articulate, critically thinking black conservative voice.

    Oh the left hates anyone who is not a white person, AND is conservative, and thinks critically. Remember Els, we’re “race traitors.” 🙄

    Liked by 1 person

  5. karly says:

    I have preordered on Amazon (glad to mess with their algorithm and stats), and I look forward to following along with you if do decide to blog through it.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Bike Bubba says:

    It’s stunning to see Kendi make those statements in a church, right in front of an inscription from Matthew 28–and even more stunning to see those in the pews give him applause for blasphemy.

    On a broader note, it strikes me that there is a need to separate the sentiment from the implementation–that one can say “Black lives matter”, but differ, say, from the “official organization” and their methods. One that comes to mind is the one they “disappeared” from the website–that they were taking a stand against the nuclear family. Given that the collapse of the black family puts thousands of young black men in the ground every year, that one floored me.

    Like

  7. Elspeth says:

    Hey, Bike, we met up at the same time,

    These word choices, ‘Black Lives Matter” or “anti-racism” are very cleverly and deliberately chosen to confuse and deflect from their true objectives.

    They are counting the average rube not to see through the game.

    I wish I could be surprised that an ostensibly Christian church welcomed this into their doors, but I’m not.

    Like

  8. Elspeth says:

    @ Karly!

    I am so looking forward to reading this book, and reading it with you, Hearth, and whoever else decides to do so makes me even more excited to read it!

    Like

  9. hearthie says:

    As of 4/6/21 4pm…
    Best Sellers Rank: #125 in Books
    #1 in Christian Social Issues (Books)
    #1 in Christian Ministry & Church Leadership (Books)
    #6 in Christian Personal Growth

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Elspeth says:

    It is moving up the best sellers list, so pray for Bro. Voddie as the sparks begin to fly.

    He just had a quadruple bypass yesterday. According to Founders, he is recovering well so far.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. hearthie says:

    If you scroll to the bottom of the book page, you can see it. It’s in “product details” way down below the reviews, the suggested other reads, etc.

    Like

  12. hearthie says:

    I just checked the NYT best seller list, but their current list (for 4/18 publication) is based on sales for week ending 4/3. White Fragility is there on the paperback list though… -coughs-

    Like

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.