“A true racial reckoning includes, interrogates and eventually extinguishes all systems of oppression. That includes capitalism. That includes patriarchy. It’s not carpet cleansing. It’s carpet bombing.”
– Damon Young, CNN
The New Fundamentalism
David French has noted that we’re living in a time of new fundamentalism. This is not a Christian, but rather a secular, fundamentalism.
One of the halmarks of fundamentalism is the inability to compromise. For the fundamentalist, everything is non-negotiable.
That’s because the fundamentalist is reacting to something that she perceives as a corrupt, erroneous, or morally compromised system.
Life in the real world, however, requires the ability to make compromises and to settle for better over the best.
A totalizing system
There are strains of this new absolutism emerging in what’s being called “antiracism.” Personally, I find it deeply troublesome.
This new totalizing belief system appears to be committed to equity or equality across every known identity marker or category. Intersectionality provides a way of multiplying injustice by every box one can tick in a litany of identities.
As Andrew Sullivan notes,
“Intersectionality” is the latest academic craze sweeping the American academy. On the surface, it’s a recent neo-Marxist theory that argues that social oppression does not simply apply to single categories of identity — such as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, etc. — but to all of them in an interlocking system of hierarchy and power.”
In our brave new world it is “better” to be a black trans woman than a white heterosexual one. This is because the intersectionality formula allows us to mulptiply blackness by trans woman-ness and get a result that shows “deeply marginalized.”
This belief is profoundly religious in nature. Sullivan continues,
“It posits a classic orthodoxy through which all of human experience is explained — and through which all speech must be filtered. Its version of original sin is the power of some identity groups over others. To overcome this sin, you need first to confess, i.e., “check your privilege,” and subsequently live your life and order your thoughts in a way that keeps this sin at bay. The sin goes so deep into your psyche, especially if you are white or male or straight, that a profound conversion is required.”
I already have a religious belief system, thanks for asking.
Black Lives Matter
I’ve said publicly that black lives matter. That’s true. But I’m convinced that the way forward, at least for Christians, is through another belief system–the Christian gospel.
It’s not through some racial reckoning that involves a hodge-podge of dialectic, self-examination, conversion, and all the other mantras that today’s diversity consultants parrot.