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What is Critical Race Theory and Why is it needed in Humanities Classrooms? 

Critical Race Theory: For more than 40 years, critical race theory has been a topic of scholarly discussion. The fundamental thesis is that race is a social construct and that racism is not only a byproduct of personal bias and prejudice but also ingrained in legal frameworks and governmental policies (Delgado & Stefancic 2012).

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CRT's fundamental principles:
From the American Bar Association, Purdue University, and Britannica
The idea that race is a social construct created to marginalize people of color.
In so far as they serve to establish and uphold social, political, and economic disparities between whites and non-whites, the law and legal institutions in the United States are fundamentally racist (Delgado & Stefancic 2012).

In order to comprehend how the discussions around Critical Race Theory influence minority students, both present and future, we must first assess what has been heavily disputed and how the theory has been disregarded.

Disproving common misconceptions regarding racism, such as those that limit it to a few "bad apples." Racism is acknowledged by CRT to be enshrined in law, ingrained in structures, and threaded throughout public policy. Claims of "colorblindness" or meritocracy are rejected by CRT. CRT acknowledges that racism's systemic nature is mostly to blame for perpetuating racial disparity.
An understanding of how daily life has an impact on scholarship. The lived experiences of people of color should be valued, including those maintained through storytelling, and deficit-informed research that disregards the epistemologies of people of color should be rejected (Delgado Stefancic 2012).

This might affect a student of color capacity to a sense of location and belonging. Although white students will benefit as citizens and future leaders to bring about social change, critical race theory benefits all students. As a result, all students will spend some time in composition classes at some point. Students will benefit society and themselves as individuals if they are aware of the role privilege plays in historical structures that are still in use today (Delgado & Stefancic 2012).

About Composition Theory 513: In the Winter of 2023, Professor Martin taught a class on various theories in Composition Studies. The final project aims to show how a theory, notion, or idea has evolved over time in composition.  Students get practice recognizing important concepts that have influenced composition theory throughout the field's history to establish a fundamental knowledge of composition theory.

Map for the reader: This page serves as the website's introduction before delving into the history of critical race theory, or CRT, which stretches back to the 1960s and the African American Civil Rights Movement and highlights some of the field's most esteemed academics. On the following page, you may read about CRT "under attack." On the page after, we talk about CRT and book censorship. See "How to: Culturally Responsive Teaching," "How to: CRT Assessments in Humanities Classrooms," and "How to: Use Banned Books in Humanities" on the pages that follow. There is a page with "Closing Thoughts about CRT" after that. Then please see my background page. Finally, a thorough annotated bibliography can be found on the website's last page.

Work Cited:
Delgado, Richard, and Jean Stefancic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. New York University Press, 2012.

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