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What Christians Get Wrong About Critical Race Theory – Part II

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a series on Critical Race Theory by Nathan Luis Cartagena. Read part one and part three. 

“Law organizes [W]hite society; then it helps maintain that society through both physical and ideological coercion.” – Kenneth B. Nunn

“Race may be [the U.S.’s] single most confounding problem but the founding problem of race is that few people seem to know what race is.” – Ian F. Haney López

Critical Race Theory and Neighborly Love

Who are your critical race theorist neighbors? What do they believe? And why do they believe it? I previously argued that amid recent heated ecclesiastical debates about critical race theory (CRT), Christian leaders are largely silent on these questions—rarely even raising them. This silence is a twofold failure in neighborly love: it fails to give Christians resources needed to adjudicate these debates; and it fails to promote justice and charity toward critical race theorists. This essay continues my efforts to mend these breaches of love.

Whereas my first essay traced a constellation of general commitments and conclusions CRT scholars share, here I focus more narrowly on how these scholars understand law and race, for as I mentioned, “CRT is a movement aimed at providing an antiracist understanding of the relationships between ‘race’ and law.” This focus requires taking a step and asking why CRT scholars analyze race and law. The answer lies in CRT’s origins.

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Nathan Luis Cartagena
Nathan Luis Cartagena
Dr. Nathan Luis Cartagena is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College (IL), where he teaches courses on race, justice, and political philosophy. Cartagena also serves as the faculty advisor for Unidad Cristiana, a student group working to enhance Christian unity and celebrate Latina/o cultures. You can read his writings at, and follow him on Twitter @MeditarMestizo.

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