Sociology Colloquium, 8/31/2022
Critical Race Theory: The Theory and The Politics
Dr. Wendy Moore, Texas A&M University
On September 4, 2020, the Executive Office of President Trump issued a memorandum directing federal agencies to cease and desist funding any federal training programs that used Critical Race Theory (CRT). This action brought CRT into the public eye, created a truculent, if uninformed, public debate about the role of critical race theory in education. The vociferous outcries concerning critical race theory have received so much attention that in it’s 2021 season the famous comedy show Saturday Night Live featured the topic of critical race theory in the show’s cold open at least three times. But the appearance of Critical Race Theory on SNL is indicative of the current politicization of Critical Race Theory that is neither new nor about the actual theory, but is the latest tactic in a project of white retrenchment (or white backlash as some have called it) that actually began early in the post-civil rights era.
In this talk I discuss the theory and politics of Critical Race Theory, as well as some key tenets of CRT that offer important interventions for sociology and other social sciences.
August 31, 2022
Meeting ID: 992 2472 6763
If you cannot join with video, you can connect to the Zoom session via phone: 1–346–248–7799