Christian realism argues that the right to political sovereignty rests not on simply wielding power in a geographically defined area, but on meeting the moral responsibilities of caring for the justice, order, and peace of the political community given to the sovereign’s care. The failure to provide for these political goods is an abdication of political responsibility that puts one’s claims to sovereignty on shaky ground. Has America abandoned its moral responsibilities? If we claim to care for justice abroad, we must first care for justice at home. Do we? Answering in the affirmative, Providence executive editor Marc LiVecche and writer, blogger, speaker, and public intellectual Derryck Green talk about current events involving racism and America, white groveling, Black Lives Matter and the black power movement, Christian anthropology versus racial anthropology, and the journey of black America from a land of slavery to a land of milk and honey.
Program Notes: Some important resources mentioned in the discussion include:
- Derryck Green, “Black Lives Matter: The Ideological Heir to Black Power” and “America Isn’t Evil: God Defeats Racism“
- Shelby Steele: The Content of Our Character: A New Vision of Race In America; A Dream Deferred: The Second Betrayal of Black Freedom In America; White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era.
- John McWhorter: Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America; Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America;
- Thomas Sowell: Intellectuals and Race; Intellectuals and Society; Discrimination and Disparities
- Walter E. Williams: Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination?; The State Against Blacks; Up From the Projects: An Autobiography;
- Glenn Loury: “The Glenn Show” (Blogging Heads TV)
- Ibram X. Kendi: How to Be an Antiracist. Derryck Green suggests this so people get an idea of what the new religion of anti-racism and Critical Race Theory is and how it works itself out in academia and culture.
- Coleman Hughes is an author at Quillette and City Journal. He has some fascinating pieces there. He has a podcast, “Conversations with Coleman” as well; check out the one with John McWhorter.