Critical Race Theory (CRT)

Critical Race Theory (CRT) deconstructs the role of race in the United States, by providing a critical analysis of race and racism and its functionality. This theoretical framework, recognizes that race is woven in the fabric of American life. The tenets within this theoretical framework is interdisciplinary and utilized by many professions to deepened understanding of structural racism, sexism, classism and other oppressive structures that undermines the full functioning of individuals, groups and communities. CRT focuses on the multidimensionality of oppression and argues that race is not a single variable for disempowerment. Rather, CRT view intersecting identities such as race, gender, class, national origin and sexual orientation as pathways in understanding systemic institutional oppression. The CRT Presentation allows you to reflect on your own experiences and awareness of race and institutionalized racism and expand your awareness of others experiences as a result of peers reflections. My Race/ Black/African-American, California USA respond to the following: In reading the racial identity development theory, how does it help you examine and understand your own racial identity development? What informed your racial identity development? What is the role of race in framing your racial identity? Explain when you first became aware of your racial self and how was it manifested? discuss the following: Describe a time in which you experienced or witnessed institutionalized racism that was influential in your becoming aware of racial disparities throughout society. If you have never experienced institutional racism yourself, describe it as you understand it now and why you believe you have never experienced it. Is this a type of privilege that has kept you safe from institutionalized racism? Identify the developmental stage you were in when you experienced the event you described. How did the events occurring in that developmental stage influence your perception of the event? If you have never experienced institutional racism, explain what effect you might see on a person in adolescence, early-, middle-, or late-adulthood who has experienced it and the reasons for that effect. Applying CRT, describe one action you can take to challenge power structures that perpetuate racial inequality (cite at least one source). If you shared a personal experience with institutionalized racism, thinking back on the situation, would you respond differently now? How? I will upload some PDF files Text book Linton, K. L., Rueda, H. A., & Williams, L. R. (2017). Disability, intimacy, and sexual health: A social work perspective. Washington D.C.: NASW Press. Chapters 6-8 of Disability, Intimacy, and Sexual Health Links