critical race theory

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critical race theory (uncountable)

  1. A movement in academia involving the application of critical theory to issues surrounding the interaction between racial dynamics and social and legal power.
    Synonym: CRT
    • 1995, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement, The New Press, page xi:
      In short, Critical Race Theory is an intellectual movement that is both particular to our postmodern (and conservative) times and part of a tradition of human resistance and liberation.
    • 2002, Kimberlé Crenshaw, "The First Decade: Critical Reflections, or 'A Foot in the Closing Door'", in: Francisco Valdes, Jerome Mccristal Culp and Angela Harris (ed.), Crossroads, Directions and A New Critical Race Theory, Temple University Press, page 19:
      We would signal the specific political and intellectual location of the project through the "critical", the substantive focus through "race", and the desire to develop a coherent account of race and law through the term "theory"... If we were going to give this inchoate thing a name, let it be a proper sign on the intellectual landscape: Critical Race Theory.
    • 2012, Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, New York University Press, page 3:
      The Critical Race Theory (CRT) movement is a collection of activists and scholars interested in studying and transforming the relationship among race, racism and power.
    • 2016, Gloria Ladson-Billings, "The Evolving Role of Critical Race Theory in Educational Scholarship", in: Adrienne D. Dixson, Celia K. Rousseau Anderson, Jamel K. Donnor (ed.), Critical Race Theory in Education: All God's Children Got a Song, Routledge, page
      It seems hard to believe that a decade has gone by since the term "critical race theory" was introduced into educational scholarship, and at the same time it is a very appropriate interval at which to take stock of where we are.
    • 2021 June 17, Moira Donegan, “What the moral panic about ‘critical race theory’ is about”, in The Guardian[1], →ISSN:
      But maybe the very obscurity of this genuine critical race theory is the point: before it became the object of the American right’s latest moral panic, few people had heard of critical race theory, and even fewer understood what it really was.
    • 2021 July 9, Michelle Goldberg, “The Christian Right Is in Decline, and It’s Taking America With It”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN:
      The fight over critical race theory seems, on the surface, further from theological concerns. There are, obviously, plenty of people who aren’t evangelical who are anti-C.R.T., as well as evangelicals who oppose C.R.T. bans.
    • 2021 November 11, Jay Caspian Kang, “Can We Talk About Critical Race Theory?”, in The New York Times[3], →ISSN:
      The actual critical race theory argues that racism isn’t just what happens when an individual decides to hate a group of people, but rather an ideology that has been embedded in American institutions.

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