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Part 2: Was MLK a Critical Race Theorist?

Is Christian Personalism Compatible with CRT?

From CFBU: In our view, the legacy and person of MLK is complicated. While the machine of Big Eva seems to revere him uncritically, our position is more nuanced. If nothing else, MLK's work is historically important and deserves to be studied in its own right. There are aspects of MLK's theology that are sound, and others that ought to be considered heretical. We discuss this issue in a short video linked at the end of the post. We also think legitimate questions can, and should, be raised related to his social theology. In this post, Dr. Aaron Preston addresses one particular question related to MLK. This is not an exhaustively complete comment on every aspect of MLK's ideology or complex legacy.


This is the second installment of a series addressing Kimberlé Crenshaw’s claim that Martin Luther King Jr. “was, in fact, a critical race theorist before there was a name for it.”

In the first installment, I made the following main points:

  1. Crenshaw bases her claim on a single point of agreement between King and critical race theory (CRT): both acknowledge a structural or systemic dimension to racial inequality in America.