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Here’s an easy way to get a grip on it.

By Tom Gilson, The Stream, June 22, 2021

Tom Gilson (@TomGilsonAuthor) is a senior editor with The Stream and the author or editor of six books, including the recently released Too Good To Be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality. Credit also goes to John Zmirak for contributing “papers” to the “file drawer.”


Tom GilsonEveryone’s talking about critical race theory these days. I’m one of them. The problem is, I’m not sure anyone knows what it really is. I’m not sure there even is anything that it really is.

I’ve seen people who believe in systemic racism arguing over what it “really” means. I’ve read critical race theorists complaining that Robin DiAngelo’s “white fragility” shouldn’t be called CRT because she’s not a critical race theorist.

I say, that’s just too bad. CRT jumped out of academia into punditry, politics and “mostly peaceful protests,” and academia no longer has control of the term. It’s out in the wild, and it’s going to mean whatever people intend it to mean.

Still “CRT” definitely means something. There’s even an easy way to get a grip on it.  ..

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