Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings That Formed the Movement
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What is Critical Race Theory and why is it under fire from the political right? This foundational essay collection, which defines key terms and includes case studies, is the essential work to understand the intellectual movement
Why did the president of the United States, in the midst of a pandemic and an economic crisis, take it upon himself to attack Critical Race Theory? Perhaps Donald Trump appreciated the power of this groundbreaking intellectual movement to change the world.
In recent years, Critical Race Theory has vaulted out of the academy and into courtrooms, newsrooms, and onto the streets. And no wonder: as intersectionality theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw recently told Time magazine, "It's an approach to grappling with a history of white supremacy that rejects the belief that what's in the past is in the past, and that the laws and systems that grow from that past are detached from it." The panicked denunciations from the right notwithstanding, CRT has changed the way millions of people interpret our troubled world.
Edited by its principal founders and leading theoreticians, Critical Race Theory was the first book to gather the movement's most important essays. This groundbreaking book includes contributions from scholars including Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patricia Williams, Dorothy Roberts, Lani Guinier, Duncan Kennedy, and many others. It is essential reading in an age of acute racial injustice.
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"A fundamental reference guide to any serious work on race."
"Critical Race Theory is a compilation of provocative writings that challenges us to consider the relationship between race, the legal system, and society at large."
―Senator Bill Bradley
About the Author
- Publisher : The New Press (May 1, 1996)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 528 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1565842715
- ISBN-13 : 978-1565842717
- Item Weight : 2.03 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.01 x 1.06 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is clear that the the opinion makers have chosen to define Critical Race Theory in a form much removed from its original findings and then set about to attack CRT by savaging the straw man that they created.
It's doubtful that they have spent much, if any, time reading these germinal articles written between 1975 and 1995. No one should opine on the subject until they have read these profound thoughts and verifiable observations. My only quarrel with the book is that it doesn't clearly delineate between desegregation and integration. Bussing students in the 1970s was court-ordered desegregation. Integration is a learned and voluntary action by all players.
Added later. I find it to be revealing that none of the critical reviews are verified purchasers. That goes to my point that they are misled by media misrepresentations and have made no efforts to inform themselves.