Discussion Leader: Kim Everett
- Purpose of CRT is based on action/praxis – Race is endemic – it moves further — what are the actions we will take to
- We have a long way to go…
- If it is not race it will be something else
- Race is a good place to start… racial identity is a good place to start
- I like to optimistic about things… other forms of oppression — the race piece – formation and construction – are different thing — tied to property
- Race is complex because it is changing constantly…
- Because of the dominant narrative it is hard to unpack it
- Because it is real…
- It still informs decisions we make…
- It is my identity… I want a theory that helps describe my culture
- There is no biological underpinnings for it – a set of rules were established for the sake of classification – there are no real rules — they are constantly changing
- We all follow it – we all buy into it – it may look different from generation to generation but it is still there…
Key Assumptions Underlying Critical Race Theory
Handout from Critical Race Theory on July 9, 2008
- Race is socially constructed product of social thought and relations.
- Racism is normal, ordinary and ingrained into society, making it difficult to recognize.
- Traditional claims of neutrality, objectivity, and color-blindness must be contested in order to reveal the self-interests of dominant groups.
- Social justice platforms and practices are the only way to eliminate racism and other forms of oppression and injustice.
- The experiential knowledge of communities of colors or their “unique voice” is valid, legitimate, and critical toward understanding the persistence of racial inequality.
- Communities of color are differentially racialized depending on the interests of the dominant group.
- History and historical contexts must be taken into consideration in order to challenge policies and practices that affect people in color.
- The ideological contestation, deconstruction, and reconstruction of race is often demonstrated through storytelling and counter-narratives.