Critical Race Theory in the News: UCLA Law Professors Set the Record Straight

July 15, 2021

As critical race theory has come under misguided attack in recent weeks, UCLA School of Law professors, including many of the foremost experts in the field, have been in high demand. Our faculty members have driven the conversation in the media and elsewhere, setting the record straight on what CRT is – and isn’t – and reframing the conversation around the established principles that they have applied for decades.

Home to the first and only law school-based Critical Race Studies program in the country, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, UCLA Law hosts many pioneering CRT academics. For example, Kimberlé Crenshaw coined the term intersectionality in her 1989 University of Chicago Legal Forum article “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics,” and Cheryl Harris, UCLA Law’s vice dean for community, equality and justice, wrote the 1993 Harvard Law Review article “Whiteness as Property,” which is a landmark in critical race theory scholarship.

Here is a sampling of the many media reports where UCLA Law professors – Crenshaw, Harris, Laura E. Gómez, LaToya Baldwin Clark, and others – have lent their keen voices to bust the myths and push back on the attacks against critical race theory.

For more from our expert faculty members, please tune into a July 26 panel discussion hosted by UCLA Law and the Critical Race Studies program, “Critical Race Theory Under Attack: The Fight for Antiracist Education,” in which Harris and others will discuss the present state of affairs and the path forward.

UPDATE, Sept. 20, 2021

Faculty members factor prominently in two major magazine feature articles on CRT.

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