Is There a Future for Critical Race Theory?

66 J. Legal Education 44 (2016)

U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming

11 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2019

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Adrien K. Wing

University of Iowa - College of Law

Date Written: August 1, 2019

Abstract

This article argues that critical race theory (CRT), which emerged within the legal academy as a self-conscious entity in 1989, continues to be a vital and important part of legal scholarship and teaching. The article notes that despite having elected a black president, black members of Congress, and black governors, we do not live in the postracial society many had hoped. This piece gives a brief overview of CRT, which challenges conventional strategies of pursuing social and economic justice and addresses relevant and dynamic socio-legal racial issues such as affirmative action in education and employment, hate speech, criminal justice, immigration, and federal Indian law. A central premise of CRT is that racism is a normal and ordinary part of our society, not an aberration. Our world is color-conscious, not colorblind, and thus the law must be as well. The article then illustrates how CRT is alive and well, with many symposia and conferences held in recent years and new areas of exploration, such as incorporating empirical methods into CRT. Finally, the piece concludes with what CRT scholars need to do in the future.

Keywords: critical race theory, race, racism, legal education

Suggested Citation

Wing, Adrien Katherine, Is There a Future for Critical Race Theory? (August 1, 2019). 66 J. Legal Education 44 (2016), U Iowa Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3430427

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