I did not want the resolution to say less than it said, I wanted it to say more than it said. It wanted it to acknowledge more clearly the origins of critical race theory and intersectionality. I wanted it to state more clearly that embedded in both of those “analytical tools” is a praxis, that is, a political extension. That is abundantly clear in the origin of both intersectionality and critical race theory. It is also abundantly clear in how they function in higher education and public debate.
It is true that both can be deployed as analytical tools. The problem is, as Christians understand, that analytical tools very rarely remain merely analytical tools. Ideas as we know do have consequences. And one of the most lamentable consequences, but the main consequence, of critical race theory and intersectionality is identity politics. And identity politics can only rightly be described as antithetical to the gospel of Jesus Christ.