Charlotte Christian is one of the Charlotte (NC) area’s oldest private religious schools with a history of conservative, Christian teaching rooted in a biblical worldview. That is no longer the case.
Under the head of school, Barry Giller... the school has moved in a decidedly “woke” direction....Giller wrote in a newsletter to the school last year that his intention was to address this rampant racism by assigning reading by liberal, woke Critical Race Theorists to the staff and students.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a worldview that is incompatible with biblical Christianity. It emerged as an offshoot of Critical Theory, a neo-Marxist philosophy that has its roots in the Frankfurt School and its methods are drawn from Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud. CRT teaches that institutional racism exists within every structure of society and that these structures are intrinsically designed in such a manner as to protect and preserve “white supremacy” in our culture. Further, CRT does not rely on factual statistics or objective evidence to support the theory, rather it relies on anecdotal evidence and personal experience.
Of these authors that the staff and students are assigned to read is far left “racial justice” advocate, Tim Keller. “All trustees and employees this summer are reading Tim Keller’s and John Inuza’s book, Uncommon Ground,” Giller wrote in the newsletter. “A collection of diverse authors wrote the various chapters of the book and it calls the reader to consider their own story and biases while also calling us to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as our common ground.”
He continued, “When our employees return to campus in August, we will spend a considerable time reviewing the book and what we each learned from the reading.”
Tim Keller uses Critical Race Theory to advance the idea of social justice. Keller teaches several problematic ideas including the fact that simply by the virtue of having white skin, you are a racist. He also teaches that if you’re not actively involved in wealth redistribution, you’re probably not saved.
Giller also brought in Walter Strickland–an advocate of James Cone’s Liberation Theology and who also says that white people who adopt black children have a “savior complex”–to train the staff in “diversity” at the school. “All teachers will participate in diversity training this August with Dr. Walter Strickland. Dr. Strickland is an assistant professor of systematic and contextual theology and associate vice president of diversity at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary,” Giller writes. “We anticipate working with Dr. Strickland on an ongoing basis,” he added.
Giller has not failed to follow through with his promise. Recently, Giller announced a new hire. “We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Jozi Walker has accepted the position of director of diversity at Charlotte Christian beginning July 1,” Giller wrote in an email obtained by NC Daily Gazette.
Jozi Walker, Giller promises, will “create a positive and culturally competent school environment that meets the needs of the whole child.”
[TBC: Another commentator has noted that "In The Reason for God, Keller admits Marxism influenced his thinking earlier in his life (page xii), so it isn’t surprising that he uses Marxist language and concepts. In defense of social justice, he uses Marxist concepts such as wealth redistribution, marginalization, and income inequality. We must remember, wherever social justice goes you will find Marxist-inspired thinking. For Christians, this is vital to remember because Marxism and Christianity cannot coexist” (Secord, "Redistributing Wealth: How Keller Jumps the Shark,” Riverview Baptist Church blog, 8/29/19).]