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In the past few years, a new generation of progressive intellectuals has dramatically transformed how law, race, and racial power are understood and discussed in America. Questioning the old assumptions of both liberals and conservatives with respect to the goals and the means of traditional civil rights reform, critical race theorists have presented new paradigms for unde ...more
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Published May 1st 1996 by The New Press
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sologdin
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very strong. Written by attorneys for attorneys, a study of jurisprudence and legal theory. Maybe non-attorneys can derive some benefit, but this is not a simplification or popularization for laypersons. It also likely requires some training in philosophy or related disciplines. This isn't a book about the science or sociology of race--it is very much about how race is a creature of law, but also how race ideology in turn controls law; we should know that already from our detailed study of Lemki ...more
Avatara Smith carrington
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This seminal collection of work centering Critical Race Theory has not only proven to be personally revolutionary in how I both conceptualize and contextualize the nuanced interaction between race and law in this country and within the realm of academia but has also helped in rooting my understanding of jurisprudence in a manner that shifts my marginalized and disenfranchised identities from "object" to "subject". This has honestly proven to be a necessary facet in influencing the way that I env ...more
Nathan
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I gave/loaned this book to a student in my AP Statistics course this year and I highly recommend this collection of essays and writing for any person who claims to know anything on race, "intersectionality," etc. Truly eye-opening in terms of how language can be co-opted to mean whatever the speaker wants it to.

For note: the most impressive passages tended to be the court cases and opinions. Read this class for a HLS course titled the same and while the legalise and jargon can be much at times,
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Ale
Sep 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
A load of BS brainwashing... Does not relate to reality
Orlando Smart-Powell
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Much of it is soaked in legalese, but well, well worth the time.
Nanette
Aug 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Terrific overview & in-depth treatment of critical race theory (CRT). Each chapter has classroom exercises and suggestions for further reading along with legal case examples wherein CRT was appropriately applied. I appreciate the glossary of terms for easy reference—so many terms are specific to CRT, terms that have become ubiquitous today yet originate in CRT. Without the CRT contextualization it’s too easy to loose sight of the implications of the glossed terms as they’re appropriated in other ...more
Scott Jackson
Mar 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Critical Race Theory: The Key Writings that Formed the Movement is a phenomenal work. It is a compilation of some of the most important writings that formed and sustained the Critical Race Theory (“CRT”) movement. The book includes articles from Derrick Bell, Richard Delgado, Mari Matsuda, Anthony Cook, Duncan Kennedy, Gary Peller, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and others. All of the articles add something to CRT, and read independently, add significant portions to the CRT movement.

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The Bible for Critical Race Theory
Kathleen O'Neal
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very interesting book and really gives the reader a good idea of the diversity of perspectives within critical race theory as well as a sense of what it is that unifies these diverse perspectives. One of my biggest criticisms of the book is that in its understandable focus on African-American issues, it didn't deal as much with issues involving American Indians, Hispanic Americans, and Asian-Americans. I would also have been interested in reading more about the laws surrounding interr ...more
Jessica
Oct 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this in a political science course in college. The editors choose writings that force the reader to challenge her assumptions of the aims of affirmative action and desegregation while arming racial justice scholars and activists with a new language/theoretical framework for understanding race. There is just so much here.
Liz Maas
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life and radically altered my thoughts on the legacy of education litigation efforts. I was lead here after reading work by Derrick Bell.
Monica
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An excellent anthology of the seminal works around critical race theory- perfect for those who are interested in an introduction to CRT through multiple lenses.
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Kimberlé Crenshaw (also writes as Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw) is a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School. A leading authority on civil rights, black feminist legal theory, and racism and the law, she is a co-editor of Critical Race Theory (The New Press). Crenshaw is a contributor to Ms. Magazine, The Nation, and the Huffington Post. She lives in Los Angeles.

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