BRETT: The issue of critical race theory is popping up seemingly everywhere, and not just in the world of academia. It’s popping up in the popular culture as well, and there are people who are being targeted as a result of critical race theory — and are being stifled — who are not just part of the patriarchy or the traditional white institutions of power.
One of these people has stepped forward to speak about this, and his name is Dr. Voddie Baucham: “Why Anti-Rracism Zealots Are Trying to Silence Black Voices Like Mine — As a Christian minister, I’m used to being stifled when I talk about my religion outside of church. If I bring up faith in Jesus Christ, the guardians of the secular public square are quick to inform me that my religion is strictly a private matter.
“But these days I’m stifled not because of the religion I practice but because of one I reject: the religion of anti-racism, which is now the established church of academia, government, the media and business.” What’s left? What is there? “One dogma of this new religion is that America ‘needs to have a conversation’ about race. But Americans have been talking about race since at least the 1860s.
“Nobody is trying to avoid talking about race, but many are trying to control what is said,” he notes. “Nobody is trying to avoid talking about race, but many are trying to control what is said. The elites of our society urge us to ‘elevate black voices,’ but it is important to understand what they mean. They don’t want to elevate all black voices, but only those who subscribe to the creed of Critical Race Theory.
If you don’t avow that our society is infected with systemic racism and that white supremacy, white privilege, and white fragility are the root of all of the problems that black people face, then you are a heretic,” writes Dr. Baucham. “Your consciousness is ‘white’ and therefore oppressive, no matter how black your skin may be.”
He notes, “I am a descendant of slaves and a child of the Great Migration, but antiracists will tell you that I’m not really black. I suffer from internalized racism, they insist; I’m trying to ‘curry favor with white people,'” he says in quotes. “They dismiss me and other black nonconformists as sellouts, traitors, or Uncle Toms who are ‘skinfolk, but not kinfolk.’
“Consider the slurs that the voices of ‘tolerance’ have flung at Sen. Tim Scott since he gave the Republican response to Joe Biden’s State of the Union address. What does it tell us about our ‘conversation’ about race that the very people who demand it would exclude unconventional black thinkers like Thomas Sowell, Carol Swain, Shelby Steele, John McWhorter and the late Walter Williams?
“There is no rational debate in the church of antiracism, for it demands a blind faith. And it is punitive, for it is a religion without grace.” Rush spoke about how our conversations about race are only permitted if you say the right things and stay on message. So if you have an opposing view or even just another way of examining the issue especially as a person of color, it’s not allowed.
Here’s Rush talking about what happened to African-American actor Terry Crews.
RUSH: There is an actor by the name of Terry Crews out there. I guess CBS has a show called The Talk, and the co-host was Sheryl Underwood, and the co-host said to Terry Crews, “You made a comment on Twitter last week that got a lot of backlash. You said that ‘Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black Supremacy,’ that ‘Equality is the truth.’
“I’d like for you to speak to that and give any clarity you see as necessary.” She basically was saying, “What the hell are you talking about? What does this mean, ‘Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black Supremacy’?” So here is how he attempted to explain it…
CREWS: In Black America, we have gatekeepers. We have people who have decided who is gonna be black and who is not, and I — simply because I have a mixed-race wife — have been discounted from the conversation a lot of times by very, very militant movements, Black power movements. I’ve been called all kinds of things like an Uncle Tom, simply because I’m successful, simply because I worked my way out of Flint, Michigan.
RUSH: No, no, no, no, no, no. It’s because you have a mixed-race wife. Well, it is because you’re self-reliant and you don’t spend enough time ripping into the white power structure — and why doesn’t he? I mean, many of them are the reason why he has succeeded. And that’s a crime, you see. So, you know, she’s got this perplexed look on her face like she still doesn’t understand the answer. So he continued.
CREWS: The problem with that is that black people have different views. You know, it’s funny because when you’re white you can be Republican, libertarian, Democrat. You can be anything. But if you’re a black you have to be one thing. Even Joe Biden said, “Hey, man, if you ain’t voting for me, you ain’t black,” and so this blackness is always judged. It’s always put up against this — this thing, and I’m going, “Wait a minute. That right there, it’s a supremacist move!” You have now put yourself above other black people.”
RUSH: He’s exactly right. If you are black, you gotta be a Democrat, or else you’re an Uncle Tom, or else you’re gonna be destroyed, or else you’re gonna be mocked, laughed at, made fun of, and they’re gonna try to destroy you. He’s got it. If you’re a Republican and you’re black, you can be anything you want. You could be communist, could be Democrat, you can be libertarian, doesn’t matter. And the Republicans will support you being whoever you are.
But you can’t be anything but a Democrat if you’re black. And that’s what he meant by black supremacy. That’s what he meant by this white supremacy is a bunch of garbage here. White supremacy without white people creates black supremacy. So he finally got to the answer and what he meant, and it’s a really, really good point.
He goes after Biden here on this thing so he’s gonna be hearing from Democrats for a while about this. But he said, “That right there is a supremacist move. Black people have different views. You know, it’s funny ’cause when you’re white you can be a Republican, you can be whatever you want.” This is the kind of realization that African-Americans are not supposed to have.
BRETT: To go back to the piece by Dr. Baucham and to mention a very important point, that is this idea of it being a religion without grace, what that means… I think we all understand what it means, but what I’m interpreting it to mean is that there’s no opportunity for redemption. So Robert Byrd… We know what Robert Byrd was when he was younger.
He could not change his heart and be somebody who could then be embraced by Democrats because he was like no longer a supporter of the KKK, right? I mean, Hillary Clinton spoke at his funeral, talked about what an important man he was. Joe Biden talked about his friendship with him. Obviously, they believed that there was grace that was possible.
You could change, you could be a different person. If you deny grace, if you refuse to allow redemption of any kind, then there’s no hope for humanity. If we don’t have hope for a better tomorrow or a better outcome, then all you have is nihilism. It’s the destruction of the societal structure just to do it, just to do it. And that’s a hugely important point.
Redemption is an incredibly important notion. Without redemption, without grace, Saul on the road to Tarsus is still gonna be Saul persecuting Christians, killing them, putting them to death. There is no redemption possible — and without redemption, what’s the point of life?
The idea that you can wake up today and be better than you were yesterday and you’ll be better tomorrow, advancing, moving forward. I believe this is being used as a wedge between people because people. By and large, in this country and other places, people understand that we all want the same things. We want our children to succeed. We want our country to be strong.
We want to have a good economy.
We want to feel safe.
We want clean air, clean water.
We want opportunity.
And if we can subdivide us according to man-made boxes that are now being checked and we can reduce the possibility of us forgiving each other or working together because there is no grace, then what we have is a group of people or a grouping of people to be moved around on a chessboard at the command of political bosses.
Human beings are more than politics. Human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, and we are imperfect, though we strive for perfection. And it’s a shame to see an aggressive attempt to try to remove that notion from people’s minds, because ultimately it costs you hope.