Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement

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Kimberlé Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Garry Peller, Kendall Thomas
The New Press, 1995 - Law - 494 pages

The foundational work on Critical Race Theory--now under fire from the Trump administration

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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The title says it all. This collection contains the essential early writings of a legal movement that continues to challenge and shift race paradigms in the United States. Although legal intellectual theory seems daunting, the concepts here are well-written, thoroughly researched, and clearly described for most audiences. It can be read all the way through; however, as a collection of law journal articles, they stand alone and are intended to provoke critical thought--which requires time--about race, gender, class, and sexual orientation. This will be useful for all but particularly poignant for those in social sciences, legal/justice professions, and the humanities. Be prepared to argue internally, feel waves of emotion, and see the world in a new way. Crenshaw's essay on racism and retrenchment and Harris' whiteness as property (think legal) are already classics, as is anything written by Derrick Bell. 

Contents

EARLY CRITICISM
5
Derrick A Bell
20
Alan David Freeman
29
Richard Delgado
46
Dalton
80
CrensJaw
103
ALTERNATIVES TO MAINSTREAM CIVIL RIGHTS IDEOLOGY
127
Duncan Kennedy
159
Harris
276
Linda Greene
292
Derrick A Bel1jr
302
THE SEARCH FOR AN OPPOSITIONAL VOICE
314
Taunya Lowe1 Banks
329
Charles R Lawrence III
336
Dorotby E Roberts
384
Regina Austin
414

Gerald Torres and Kathryn Milun
177
Patricia j Williams
191
CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND LEGAL DOCTRINE
202
CJarler R Lawrence III
235
Neil Gotanda
257
RACE AND POSTMODERNISM
440
Riclard Tbompson Ford
449
Kendall Tbomas
465
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Kimberlé Crenshaw is a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia School of Law in New York. Neil Gotanda is a professor of law at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California. Gary Peller is a professor of law at Georgetown Law Center in Washington, D.C. Kendall Thomas is a professor of law at Columbia School of Law in New York.

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