Progressives are like pig farmers. In an effort to bury opposing viewpoints they sling pejorative slop, labeling as “bigot,” “hater,” “wingnut” or “racist” those with whom they disagree. It’s the height of intellectual sloth.

~ J. Matt Barber

What is intellectual racism? It is the opposite of intellectual diversity and tolerance. It is the paucity of freedom of thought; a repressive ideology that forbids true freedom of speech and freedom of ideas to such a degree as to amount to a de facto disregard or outlawing of all other competing ideas, worldviews or political ideologies.

In modern times, the progressive movement, including the totalitarian political cult of liberalism, comes closest to intellectual racism, for it holds that all other competing ideologies, particularly Natural Law, constitutionalism, capitalism and conservatism, are dangerous and must be purged from the arena of ideas.

The black church has been in the vanguard of promoting intellectual racism since the advent of the civil-rights movement in the early 1960s. Today, virtually every black church in America is corrupted by liberalism and controlled by the Democratic Party, which is why 96 percent of blacks voted for Obama.

I believe that intellectual racism was on garish display when on Palm Sunday my church, Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, had invited one of America’s most notorious preachers, the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, to deliver the sermon. I chronicled that message in an article titled: “Palm Sunday with Rev. Jeremiah Wright.”

In an effort to combat Wright’s blatant display of intellectual racism, below is the letter I sent to my pastor and to his entire pastoral staff:

Dear Dr. Charles G. Adams,

Not everyone who attended the Palm Sunday service last week was happy about listening to Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s radical sermon.  Where is the balance of religious and philosophical views at Hartford Church? Remember, it was the Republicans under President Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves and eventually gave the black man the vote. The Democrats, whom you support, have fought to keep the black man in physical and mental chains for hundreds of years and under the radical, President Barack Hussein Obama, continue to abort us and our future to this day.

I have been a member of Hartford since 1987, for over 23 years, and not once have I ever been asked to give a conservative point of view at any conference, meeting or before the congregation. For 23 years I have given you books, law review articles and op-eds I have written, and not one time did you ever say “thank you” or “Ellis, come to my office. Let’s talk about how you can become a greater resource of intellectual diversity at Hartford.” Rev. Adams, you are the man who married my wife and me on Sept. 11, 1993, and christened my two children in 1997 and 2001. … Is your treatment of me fair and just? I say not!

When will the intellectual racism and discrimination against conservative philosophical thought out of the Booker T. Washington tradition be stopped and a fair and balanced exposition of conservative ideas be allowed at your church? How long, Rev. Adams must I wait for justice?

Here is my article about Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s sermon last week that was published in

Rev. Adams, I challenge you to a debate at Hartford on the best philosophical ideas black America should follow. You can take the W.E.B. Dubois view, and I’ll take Booker T. Washington.

Will you accept my challenge, Dr. Adams, or will you and Hartford Memorial Baptist Church continue to treat me as … The Spook Who Sat by the Door?


Ellis Washington, J.D.

Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.A.

The above letter is demonstrative of the fact that intellectual racism is alive and well in America, particularly in big-city black churches, and that the greatest purveyors of intellectual racism are the progressives, socialists and liberal Democrats like President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel.

Besides Marx, Nietzsche, Lenin and Mao, remember that one of the great patron saints of modern liberalism and progressivism was the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky (1909-72) who wrote in his 1971 book, “Rules for Radicals”Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it and polarize it. This is the same Saul Alinsky who dedicated his treasonous book to Satan; the same Saul Alinksy who said, “‘The Prince’ was written by Machiavelli for the Haves on how to hold power. ‘Rules for Radicals’ is written for the Have-Nots on how to take it away.”

Alinsky was a master purveyor of intellectual racism and creating societal chaos as a pretext to erecting Marxist statism in America. In 1969 Hillary Rodham [Clinton] did her senior thesis on Alinsky at Wellesley. Obama worshipped Alinsky as a novice community organizer in the mean streets of Chicagoland and in all his political campaigns and his first 15 months in office as president of the United States exploited classical Alinsky tactics designed to turn a Christian nation like America in a pathetic, servile banana republic like Cuba, Venezuela and Bolivia.

Why do I stay at Hartford Church? It’s complicated, but understand that in order to convert the enemies of God sometimes you have to go to their territory.

Until God calls me to a different mission field, I will continue to attend Hartford Church and through a robust exchange of ideas seek to convert my people away from the dangerous and destructive ideas of intellectual racism, liberalism, socialism and fascism that have turned most of America’s big cities into hellish ghettos or, like Detroit, the city of my birth, back to 19th century urban farmland.

Since the advent of the progressive movement in the 1890s, modern liberalism has been expressly about deconstructing American society from within through various philosophies – humanism, naturalism, eugenics, neo-paganism, liberation theology, socialism, communism, environmentalism, abortion and other perverted ideas, all under the rubric of intellectual racism, which is the Big Lie.

Note: Read our discussion guidelines before commenting.