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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Guide

This guide is meant to support students in the CRES minor.

The Tenents of Critical Race Theory

Critical Race scholarship is unified by two tenets; 

The first is to understand how a regime of white supremacy and its subordination of people of color have been created and maintained in America, and, in particular, to examine the relationship between that social structure and professed ideals such as "the rule of law" and "equal protection." The second is a desire not merely to understand the vexed bond between law and racial power but to change it." (Crenshaw et al., 1995)

Daniel G. Solorzano and Tara J. Yosso (2000), rooted in the field of education, state, "at least five elements that form its basic perspectives, research methods, and pedagogy." They are; (1) the centrality and intersectionality of race and racism; (2) challenge to the dominant ideology; (3) the commitment to social justice ; (4) the importance of experiential knowledge; and (5) the use of interdisciplinary perspectives." CRT also developed subgroups such as Latino/a/x-critical (LatCrit) which will be discussed in other pages.

Five Tenants of Critical Race Theory - Sources