Key Assumptions Underlying Critical Race Theory

Handout from Critical Race Theory on July 9, 2008

  1. Race is socially constructed product of social thought and relations.
  2. Racism is normal, ordinary and ingrained into society, making it difficult to recognize.
  3. Traditional claims of neutrality, objectivity, and color-blindness must be contested in order to reveal the self-interests of dominant groups.
  4. Social justice platforms and practices are the only way to eliminate racism and other forms of oppression and injustice.
  5. The experiential knowledge of communities of colors or their “unique voice” is valid, legitimate, and critical toward understanding the persistence of racial inequality.
  6. Communities of color are differentially racialized depending on the interests of the dominant group.
  7. History and historical contexts must be taken into consideration in order to challenge policies and practices that affect people in color.
  8. The ideological contestation, deconstruction, and reconstruction of race is often demonstrated through storytelling and counter-narratives.