Connecticut Law Review Volume 43 - Issue 5

Critical Race Materialism: Theorizing Justice in the Wake of Global Neoliberalism Francisco Valdes & Sumi Cho Critical Race Theory of Society

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s Twenty Years of Critical Race Theory: Looking Back To Move Forward calls for a broader definition of CRT and for the next phase of this movement to embrace scholars from a multitude of disciplines. The tradition of critical theories of race in the social sciences is intimately related to the CRT Movement […]

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Critical What What?

More than twenty years after the establishment of Critical Race Theory (CRT) as a self-consciously defined intellectual movement, defining oneself as a Critical Race Theorist can still engender the question: critical what what? When asked, the inquiry is not just about the appellation, though this is certainly part of what engenders the question. The query […]

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“Men Made It, But They Can’t Control It”: Immigration Policy During the Great Depression, Its Parallels to Policy Today, and the Future Implications of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting

In its landmark 1941 decision, Edwards v. California, the Supreme Court held that people are themselves instruments of commerce. The Court’s decision not only signaled a dramatic shift in immigration policy, but also reflected the federal government’s desire to control the social and economic strife during and after the Great Depression. In May 2011, the […]

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False Perceptions on Limitation: Why Imposing a Nexus Requirement Under the Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act Would Not Significantly Discourage Efforts To Prosecute Maritime Drug Trafficking

The Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act (“MDLEA”) is the principal statute through which the United States prosecutes smugglers of narcotics on ocean-going vessels in international and territorial waters and remains one of the most important weapons in America’s arsenal in the ongoing war on drugs. Most of the Federal Circuits require only that the MDLEA […]

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The Value of Intersectional Comparative Analysis to the “Post-Racial” Future of Critical Race Theory:A Brazil-U.S Comparative Case Study

This Commentary Article aims to illustrate the value of comparative law to the jurisprudence of Critical Race Theory (CRT), particularly with reference to the CRT project of deconstructing the mystique of “postracialism.” The central thesis of the Article is that the dangerous seductions of a U.S. ideology of “post-racialism” are more clearly identified when subject […]

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Race . . . to the Top, Again: Comments on the Genealogy of Critical Race Theory

Critical Race Theory (CRT) has made inroads into a variety of fields beyond law. Education is an area that fostered critical race theory scholarship for more than fifteen years. In this Commentary Article the author describes critical race theory’s development in education and documents pivotal incidences that both challenged and propelled the theory in education. […]

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“Constituted by a Series of Contestations”: Critical Race Theory as a Social Movement

This Commentary Article sets forth a grid for distinguishing between approaches to racial justice by differentiating between liberal and critical approaches in general, and between integrationist and nationalist stances regarding race in particular. The Article then utilizes the grid to contend that Kimberlé Crenshaw and others on the left wing of Critical Race Theory have […]

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History, Identity, and Alienation

This Commentary Article sets forth a grid for distinguishing between approaches to racial justice by differentiating between liberal and critical approaches in general, and between integrationist and nationalist stances regarding race in particular. The Article then utilizes the grid to contend that Kimberlé Crenshaw and others on the left wing of Critical Race Theory have […]

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Foundational Events, Foundational Myths, and the Creation of Critical Race Theory, or How To Get Along with a Little Help from Your Friends

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Beyond the Best Black: The Making of a Critical Race Theorist at Yale Law School

In Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s lead article in this Commentary Issue she contends that critical insights on race often develop out of institutional struggles over the terms upon which racial politics are engaged and normalized. My pathway to Critical Race Theory (CRT) confirms this idea. Thus, this comment traces the making of a critical race theorist […]

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