Critical Race Theory, Transformation and Praxis

29 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2015 Last revised: 26 Nov 2016

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Kim Clark

Pacific School of Religion

Date Written: May 14, 2015


I suggest that through Critical Race Theory (CRT), race can or should become the preamble to all the social justice work we do. This can be achieved by engaging in what I call “oppositional cultural practice” (the process of inward and outward criticism that brings about a spiritual transformation that then provides space to create and innovate new realities for communities seeking social justice), and by activating the ‘courage to be’ at the core of our engagement strategies. The process of engaging in the critical race theory movement through written scholarship can bring about both personal spiritual transformation and social transformation. Taking a closer look at the “Rules of Racial Standing” proffered by Derrick Bell, interviews with social justice change leaders, and the writings about spirituality, the author traces how speaking from the vantage point of social inequality, the interaction of subordinate status and outsider speech is personally liberating and opens space for transformative creative and innovative solutions to social justice actions.

Keywords: Law, Spirituality, Leadership

Suggested Citation

Clark, Kim, Critical Race Theory, Transformation and Praxis (May 14, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

Kim Clark (Contact Author)

Pacific School of Religion ( email )

1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709-1323
United States

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