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Critical Race Theory

Critical race theory (CRT) is a set of theories that argues that racism is normal, not aberrant, in U.S. life. Legal scholars proposed the notion of CRT after concluding that even their more liberal White colleagues did not fully understand the incredible burden that race put on the people of color, despite advances in civil right rulings and legislation. Many liberal White legal scholars understood that the law and its application were unfair to a variety of people because of their status identities—race, class, gender, sexuality, immigrant status, language use, or ability. Their solution to the built-in inequality of the law was to propose critical legal studies in workshops that analyzed legal scholarship and legal precedence. However, in the midst of one of the workshops, ...

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