What exactly is Critical Race Theory? This concise and accessible exploration of CRT demystifies this important framework for understanding and fighting racial injustice in the United States.
From renowned scholar Dr. Victor Ray, On Critical Race Theory seeks to explain the centrality of race in American history and politics, and how the often mischaracterized intellectual movement became a political necessity.
Dr. Ray draws upon the radical thinking of giants such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ida B. Wells, and W.E.B. Du Bois to clearly trace the foundations of Critical Race Theory in Black intellectual traditions of emancipation and the civil rights movement. From this foundation, Dr. Ray explores the many facets which make up CRT as we know it, from deeply embedded structural racism to the historical connection between Whiteness and property, ownership, and more.
In succinct yet thoughtful essays Dr. Ray presents, analyzes, and breaks down the scholarship and concepts which constitute this often misconstrued term. Dr. Ray explores how the conversation on CRT has expanded into the contemporary popular conscience underscoring why Critical Race Theory matters and why we all should care.
About the Author
Victor Ray was born in Pittsburgh and raised in Western Pennsylvania. After earning his bachelor of arts in urban studies at Vassar, he earned his PhD from Duke University in 2014. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including the American Sociological Review and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Dr. Ray is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and his research has been funded by the Ford Foundation. As an active public scholar, his social and critical commentary has appeared in outlets such as The Washington Post, Newsweek, Harvard Business Review, and Boston Review. Dr. Ray currently resides in Iowa City, Iowa.