Published November 1, 2023
We live at a moment in time where racism will quickly earn you public censure—and should.
We can be glad for this moral development, particularly considering America’s sordid history on race relations.
Racism is vile, sinful, and profoundly dumb. It robs human beings of what is theirs by virtue of being human beings created in God’s image: respect and recognition of equal dignity.
When racism rears its ugly head, we should expect responsible people of all political persuasions to condemn it, right? Because the impartial distribution of condemnation should not be dependent on whether one is a Republican or Democrat, right? Surely a supposedly impartial and just political culture as ours would not let racist tropes go unanswered, right?
Typically, the answer would be yes, unless, that is, you can use politically correct forms of racism to beat a political opponent. In this instance, racist invectives go unchecked by political elites. Were a Republican to traffic in racist overtures for campaign purposes, every cable news show in America would be running wall-to-wall coverage.
EPPC Fellow Andrew T. Walker, Ph.D., researches and writes about the intersection of Christian ethics, public theology, and the moral principles that support civil society and sound government. A sought-after speaker and cultural commentator, Dr. Walker’s academic research interests and areas of expertise include natural law, human dignity, family stability, social conservatism, and church-state studies. The author or editor of more than ten books, he is passionate about helping Christians understand the moral demands of the gospel and their contributions to human flourishing and the common good. His most recent book, out in May 2021 from Brazos Press, is titled Liberty for All: Defending Everyone’s Religious Freedom in a Secular Age.