In the wake of The Nightmare on Auti Street, I’ve found my philosophical and political positions refined. Because of this, I am rebranding. I will be making changes to my website in the coming weeks, but for now, I would like to share a few things with you. First, I will embed my most recent episode of Freedom of Thought on YouTube. Then, I will provide my Substack and Linktree links for you to access all of my content streams going forward.
For starters, the more good, ethical people push back against my critique of Critical Race Theory, the more invested I am in its study. Not because I wish to prove these good folks wrong, but because I am really trying to find the good in the framework, to see what it is they must know, which I am missing. The cycle, then, persists, because the more I investigate the theory and its practice, the more suspicious I become of its widespread acceptance and use across disciplines and social communities. After engaging in dialogue with a few individuals about the Voice of Color Thesis, I discovered an analogy for said thesis, which I would like to present to you today. It will take the shape of a metaphor, or a parable.
With that said, I have begun to read the text, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic for myself. I haven’t even completed the introduction, but I’ve already discovered what I believe is a glaring blind-spot in the theory, which I feel is precisely why this ideology, when universalized as the primary framework for analyzing racial tensions, is likely to lead to further division between the races.
What is religion, but a system of beliefs with codified standards for enforcing the norms of their practical application? Not every religion is sacred. Political activism risks taking the shape of religion, as overzealous adherents establish formulas for regulating and enforcing ethics, based on dogmatic belief. As it currently stands, the Western Social Justice Movement contains the requisite ingredients for transformation from a revolutionary tool of resistance to an oppressive secular religion, in its own rite. This is unfortunate, as the aims of the movement are just: freedom, liberty, and equality; however, any method rooted in fundamentalism yields, not the former ideals, but tyranny and retribution.
I felt inspired to create this video this morning. I wore red, white, and blue today, with great pride, which is something I don’t think I have ever done with intention as an adult. I feel proud to be an American today, and I am hopeful that we have turned a corner as a nation, with the inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris, and the removal of 45. Enjoy!