Select Topics of Critical Race Theory
1. Counter Story Telling
A method of telling a story that “aims to cast doubt on the validity accepted premises or myths, especially ones held by the majority” (Delgado and Stefancic, 2001, p. 144).
- The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality
- 5 Myths That Shatter Black on Black Crime
- People’s Reactions to Scripture
- Hard Drug Abuse More Common Among Whites, Color Kids Get Jailed More
- The Untold Stories of Black Girls
2. The Permanence of Racism
Racism is a permanent component of American life. Adopting a “realist view” requires realizing the dominant role that racism has played and continues to play in American society; this can be both a conscious and an unconscious act (Bell, 1992 and Lawrence, 1995). Racist hierarchical structures govern all political, economic, and social domains. Such structures allocate the privileging of Whites and the subsequent Othering of people of color in all arenas, including education.
- Every Term the Census Has Used to Describe Racial Groups since 1790
- 28 Common Racist Attitudes and Behaviors
- Black Doll, White Doll
- Millenials are just about as racist as their parents
- Will Racism Ever End and Will I Ever Stop Being a Nigger?
- UN Committee Urges US to Pay Reparations for Slavery
- Why Do So Many People Think Colonialism Was a Good Thing?
- Human Rights Watch to Investigate Immigration Detention Centers Along the US-Mexico Border
- Ice Raids, Refugees and a History of Violence
- The Web is Not a Post Racial Utopia
- A Short History Lesson for Those Who Still Don’t Get It
- The Civil War Was About Slavery
The Permanence of Racism in the Political/Governmental Domain
- The American Justice System is Not Broken
- The Depths of Injustice in Chicago
- Judge Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison for Sending Kids to Prison for Cash
- Oregon Justice Department Searched Black Lives Matter Hashtags
- Nixon Aide: War on Drugs was Tool to Target Black people
- American History of Forced Sterilization of Poor Women of Color
- Hispanic Americans Killed by Texas Rangers During the Mexican Revolution
- A Shameful Roundup of Refugees
- The Unchecked Racism of the Left
- Cornel West Criticizes Hillary, Endorses Bernie
- SPLC Survey: Presidential Campaign Leading to Widespread Fear and Bullying in Schools
- GOP Voters, Especially Trump Voters Believes Racism Hurts Whites More Than Minorities
- Photo ID – What’s the intent behind that?
- Racism in the Chicago Police Department
- Task Force Tells Chicago Police Force to Acknowledge Racism
- Chicago Police Department is Really, Really Racist
- Can Police Police Their Biases
- Why Latinos Dying at the Hands of Police Officers Haven’t Received Much Attention
- NY Cop Unknowingly Harrasses Off Duty Black Police Chief
- Ex-cop Talks About Racism in the Police Force
- FBI Says Racist Organizations Have Been Infiltrating Police Departments for Years
- CPD Detains Thousands of Black Men in an Interrogation Facility
- Federal Investigation Concludes in Suing Ferguson for Pattern of Civil Rights Violations
The Permanence of Racism in the Educational Domain
- 10 Ways Teachers Bring Racism into Our Schools
- Why Talented Black and Latino Students Can Go Undiscovered
- Underrepresented Blacks and Latinos in Houston Gifted Program
- What White Folks Who Teach in the Hood get Wrong About Education
- How Can White Teachers Do Better by Urban Kids of Color?
- Racism in the Kindergarten Classroom
- Your School Shapes How You Think About Inequality
- At Risk Students Improve When They Take a Race and Ethnicity Class
- Uncomfortable Questions – Economic Disparity in Schools
- How these 5 Famous Billionaires are Dismantling Black Schools
- Where Are All The Black Male Teachers?
- The Costs of Balancing Academia and Racism
- The Case for Scholarly Reparations
- Transforming White People Is Not The Job of Minority Students
- College Racism is Making Black Students Sick
- Tulane’s KA Frat House
- Campus Protests Are in Part a Critique of White Male Privilege
- Admitted but Left Out
- Scientist Killed Amazonians for Racial Experiment
- My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything Ok
- Race and the Schooling of Black Americans
- Mental Health of College Students of Color
- Stereotype Threat and Black College Students
- Do Historically Black Colleges Provide the Safe Spaces Students Are After?
The Permanence of Racism in the Social Domain
- Most Racism is Mundane
- A diverse group of 12-year-olds talks about their identity and what it’s like to grow up with racism. An incredibly powerful video from WNYC Radio.
- Racial Injustice Fatigue: Coping with the Toxicity of Well Meaning White People
- Facebook Illustrates White Supremacy at It’s Purest
- Women and Minorities are Punished for Speaking up About Workplace Diversity
- The Significance of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly
- Whites Think Black People Feel Less Pain
- White Privilege Shapes the U.S.
- When a Black Militia Group Occupied a Federal Building
- Othering the Black Female Body in Star Wars, The Force Awakens
- White Anger, Black Anger
- I Recorded the Racist Things People Said and Did to Me for Two Weeks
- It’s Not About Mental Illness – When White Males Terrorize
The Permanence of Racism in Places we Live
- The Harsh Truth About Progressive Cities
- How Disadvantaged Neighborhoods Amplify Racial Inequality
- Portland Housing Audit Shows Blacks, Latinos Face Discriminatory Barriers
- Growing up in a Bad Neighborhood Does More Harm Than we Thought
- Documentary of Portland Civil Rights: Lift Evry Voice
- The Zoot Suit Riots
- The Racist Housing Policy That Made Your Neighborhood
- Racism is Killing All of Us, Even the Racists
- Gentrification Spotlight How Portland is Pushing Out Its Black Residents
The Permanence of Racism in Economics
3. Whiteness as Property
Due to the history of race and racism in the U.S. and the role that the U.S. jurisprudence has played in reifying conceptions of race, the notion of Whiteness can be considered a property interest. Property functions on 3 levels: the right of posession, the right of use and enjoyment, and the right to disposition. Furthermore, the right to transfer, the right of use and enjoyment, and the right of exclusion are essential attributes associated with property rights. These functions and attributes of property historically have been deployed in the service of establishing Whiteness as a form of property. (Harris, 1995)
- 11 Things White People Should Stop Saying to Black People Immediately
- 18 Things White People Should Know/Do Before Discussing Racism
- Why White Feminists Need to Shut Up & Listen When it Comes to Race
- The next time someone says ‘all lives matter,’ show them these 5 paragraphs
- White People Disagreeing with PoC
- Geographic Analysis of derogatory language use
- Claudia Rankine on White Privilege, Microagressions, and Racism
- According to White People, Talking About Racism Makes You Racist
When White People Attempt to take Ownserhip of the Concept of Race, They Make it About Themselves (For example, “reverse racism”)
- Ahmer Rahman (Fear of a Brown Planet) Reverse Racism
- 7 Reasons Why Reverse Racism Doesn’t Exist
- White People Explain why They Feel Oppressed
4. Interest Convergence
Civil rights gains within communities of color, and specifically, those for African Americans, should be interpreted with measured enthusiasm. First, early civil rights legislation provided only basic rights to African Americans, rights that had been enjoyed by Whites for centuries. These civil rights gains were in effect superficial “opportunities” because they were basic tenets of U.S. democracy; however, these very basic rights came only inasmuch as they converged with the self-interests of Whites. (Bell, 1980). These concessions were offered to the extent that they were not seen (or exacted) as a major disruption to a “normal” way of life for the majority of Whites.
- White Bernie Sanders Supporters Should Talk Less and Listen More to #BlackLivesMatter activists
- How to Suffer Politely
- What kind of White person do you want to be?
- White People Meet me at Camera 3
- The Unchecked Racism of the Left and the Platinum Rule
- Last Place Avoidance and Poor White Racism
5. The Critique of Liberalism
Three basic notions that have been embraced by liberal legal ideology: the notion of colorblindness, the neutrality of the law, and incremental change. At face-value, all appear to be desirable goals to pursue to the extent that in the abstract, colorblindness and neutrality allow for equal opportunity for all; however, given the history of racism in the U.S. whereby rights and opportunities were both conferred and withheld based almost exclusively on race, the idea that the law is indeed colorblind and neutral is insufficient (and many would argue disingenuous) to redress its deletorious effects.
Furthermore, the notion of colorblindness fails to take into consideration the persistence and permanence of racism and the construction of people of color as Other. Colorblindness has made it nearly impossible to interrogate both the ways that White privilege is deployed and the normalizing effects of whiteness. Hence “difference” in the colorblind discourse almost always refers to poc because being White is considered “normal”. Colorblindness has been adopted as a way to justify ignoring and dismantling race-based policies that were designed to address social inequity (Gotanda, 1991).
Arguing that society should be colorblind ignores the fact that inequity, inopportunity, and oppression are historical artifacts that will not easily be remedied by ignoring race in the contemporary society. Moreover, adopting a colorblind ideology does not eliminate the possiblity that racism and racist acts will persist.
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