Critical Race Theory

The Key Writings That Formed the Movement

The foundational work on Critical Race Theory—now under fire from the Trump administration

“As of the publication of Critical Race Theory it will be unwise, if not impossible, to do any serious work on race without referencing this splendid collection.” —Toni Morrison

Why did the president of the United States, in the midst of a pandemic and an economic crisis, take it upon himself to attack Critical Race Theory? Perhaps Donald Trump appreciated the power of this groundbreaking intellectual movement to change the world.

In recent years, Critical Race Theory has vaulted out of the academy and into courtrooms, newsrooms, and onto the streets. And no wonder: as intersectionality theorist Kimberlé Crenshaw recently told Time magazine, “It’s an approach to grappling with a history of white supremacy that rejects the belief that what’s in the past is in the past, and that the laws and systems that grow from that past are detached from it.” The panicked denunciations from the right notwithstanding, CRT has changed the way millions of people interpret our troubled world.

Edited by its principal founders and leading theoreticians, Critical Race Theory was the first book to gather the movement’s most important essays. This groundbreaking book includes contributions from scholars including Derrick Bell, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Patricia Williams, Dorothy Roberts, Lani Guinier, Duncan Kennedy, and many others. It is essential reading in an age of acute racial injustice.

Praise

“A fundamental reference guide to any serious work on race.”
The New York Amsterdam News
Critical Race Theory is a compilation of provocative writings that challenges us to consider the relationship between race, the legal system, and society at large.”
—Senator Bill Bradley

News and Reviews

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New Press author Kimberlé Crenshaw received the Outstanding Scholar Award from th

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