Viewer: You have made mention a number of times that we must follow Dr. King and his hope that people will not be judged according to the color of our skin. It appears that you assume that if we do that right now as a country, that everything will be equal, is that accurate? That we will then be on the same playing field no matter the color of our skin? that racism will cease to exist?
Greg: No, that is not accurate. I never said that. Racism will likely always exist. But we can diminish it as we have done effectively though slowly in the past. My point is that we need to work toward universal principles of liberalism and freedom regardless of our skin color. The constitution is to be neutral. That is not what CRT asks for. However, even with these universal principles, we must have charity. Without that, it doesn't work for everyone. Colorblindness is nuanced. With CRT, it is a code word for liberal democracy which is a target of Critical Theory. "All rules apply to everyone equally" (equality theory). That is what MLK fought for. However, that doesn't mean we should be blind to our differences and our backgrounds. We should revel in those differences while the principles remain universal. CRT changes our values hierarchy by placing our "intersectional" identity above all else. That is, a collective identity while diminishing the individual and the greatest identity as a Child of God. Both identities and roles are important, but when we alter the importance of each, we deconstruct society and it heads toward chaos.
Viewer: Thanks for the responses. It seems there is lots of research indicating that all rules have not and continue to not be applied equally as the Constitution directs. It seems that the color of one's skin has impacted who is wealthy in the US, who dies more at the hospital, who receives mental health services, who can engage in political activities such as voting, who are killed more by police, who are incarcerated more, who gets harsher punishments for the same crime as others. For me, these are systems that have had racial bias within them. It seems that calling out such systemic inequalities and facilitating change within those systems would yield far more productive and longitudinal equality. I think I'm hearing you say that our uniqueness (including skin color) is important, but to emphasize it, would lead to chaos. My take is that without addressing the documented inequalities that perniciously persist within our country, we will continue to deny equality to those who suffer needlessly based upon the color of one's skin. I don't agree with Marxism. Let's be clear. I do believe that race has had a profound impact on how some have benefited and how some have been marginalized as non-White individuals. and those benefits have been integrated into systems within our country to benefit the Majority while leaving behind the Minority. You say that change has been slowly happening over time. I agree with you, it has been for the better. We no longer have enslaved people. We no longer have Jim Crow laws, we no longer have state/federal sanctioned segregation, we no longer have bank sanctioned redline districts. But to say we are "almost there" is definitely turning a blind eye to the present struggles of those who are still fighting (examples that I mentioned above). I believe that we do need to be like Jesus, have charity, and reach out to the marginalized of society and allow equal opportunity for all.