Critical Race Theory Race has always been a problem America and other countries. But developments such as Critical Race Theory also known as (CRT) has helped challenge race and racial power and its representation in American society. Articles such as Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic; White Privilege, Color, and Crime: A Personal Account by Peggy McIntosh have helped critical race theory develop further. Along with the documentary White Like Me by filmmaker Tim Wise. These articles and film explore the race and racism in United States along with critical race theory.
These articles and film explore the race and racism in the United States, along with critical race theory. In this paper, I will be critiquing these articles and films in order to evaluate the purpose of these readings and how they have helped further develop race in America. But most importantly, whether the author has achieved its purpose to inform readers about CRT, whiteness, and racial inequality. First article, I will be analyzing is Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Both authors explore Critical Race Theory in detail.
This is where I learned the most about myself as both a writer and a reader. Initially, when writing my first draft, I focused on just the most prominent aspects of the article such as how Schulz framed her argument through a story and kept things factually and historically based rather than outwardly asserting her bias. Both subjects became the crux of my analysis, but my original draft lacked the analysis aspect a bit in that I had to dig deeper and provide better examples to support my stance. For example, in my original draft I focused a bit too much on bias and went to the extreme of saying that Schulz kept all bias out of her narrative and kept it completely objective. After further digging into Schulz’s background, and for what publication this article was established under, I had to rephrase this subject to acknowledge the bias but counter-argue why her credentials does not devalue the points she makes in “Citizen Khan.” I was prompted to reevaluate the phrasing and depth of the topics I addressed in my analysis by the comments on the first draft by my Professor.
This fiction novel really hurts Sinclair’s reputation as a professional and serious novel writer. However, Sinclair’s perception of the Jungle causes a positive look and impact on literary advancements in today's writings. The term Muckraker was used in the progressive Era to characterize American journalist who attacked
Critical race theory is a movement that had taken and continuously takes shape as a result from the ideas of pre-existing movements such as the critical legal studies movement and a radical feminist movement. Theorists within critical race theory strive, through the analysis of the structures of law as well as legal traditions within society (particularly within America) to recognise inbuilt racism within the structure of the law through the “history, contemporary experiences, and racial sensibilities of racial minorities”. Critical race theory is a twentieth century movement emerging from the 1970s as a movement created on the realisation for new “theories and strategies were needed to combat the subtler forms of racism” that were remerging in society as a result of the stalling of the civil rights (within America). With regards to the forming of the CRT movement, (Delgado & Stefancic, 2001) asserts that “CRT began as a movement in the law” where law was initially the original discipline under critical race
Critical race theory is a discipline that engages in the discussion and analysis of race, its evolution and social impacts, emphasizing the need to understand race as a consequence of the dynamic social processes and challenging the ways in which race and racial power are represented and understood in the American society. Hence, the work of critical race theory seeks to question the traditional ways of studying race providing consistent analysis on the multiple dimensions of this concept. One of the most diligent analysis is provided by Michael Omi and Howard Winant in the book Racial formation in the United States, a book in which the authors explain the transformation of race and its multiple approaches and manifestations through U.S. history, from its early conception in which it was strictly related to biological features to the current understanding of race as a social construct. In this context, the authors argue that race is a fundamental component of the U.S. society since it influenced the construction of social structures and contributed on the establishment of a system of inequalities. Throughout the book, the authors analyze and criticize the different conceptualizations of race and the
Well, although Oscar Wao, the protagonist, and his family are from there and a big part of the plot is around there, the Dominican Republic has had a long history of stereotypes. Even though the Dominicans nowadays don’t recognize it too often, foreign people actually see the common trait that they have. Oscar Wao is fighting against the stereotype of the Dominican Republic. Because he is a Dominican, he is “supposed to have Atomic Level G, was supposed to be pulling in the bitches with both hands. Everybody noticed his lack of game and because they were Dominican everybody talked about it”(Diaz, 24).
Despite the connotations that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may have lost focus in its message of anti-racism, the novel still displays a thoughtful and engaging take on the status of racism through setting and character development. Though authors like Jane Smiley believe the book is overpraised because the characters are shallow and ignored, Twain’s subtle commentary on racism through the use of his characters helps to create a realistic understanding of the social conditions at the time. One of Smiley’s main arguments against Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is that the novel overshadows Uncle Tom’s Cabin which she considers has more in-depth characters than the former book. “Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which for its portrayal of an array of thoughtful, autonomous, and passionate black characters leaves Huck Finn far behind.” From the excerpt we can see that Smiley
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao written by Junot Díaz bases of a curse known as the fukú. In the novel the characters revolve around an extreme belief that the fukú manages their lives, especially in Oscar’s life. Oscar, a Dominican boy, changes his life negatively by failing the Dominican lifestyle for several years until dying with an achievement. A ‘typical’ Dominican guy would be able to get girls and by accomplishing that he would gain respect. When Oscar was young, he was confident in reaching the Dominican lifestyle and were respected.
The dialogue of spy fiction’s role in regards to detective fiction does tie somewhat into realism, which is connected to the useful properties of American detective fiction. It still, however, stands apart because the focus is on the lack of realism and the glorification of violence. Though these things are not wholly removed from the topic at hand, the—fairly lengthy—discussion feels misplaced. The result of the long detour to spy fiction is that it is “no more a clouded mirror than any other” (9). While this conclusion is intriguing, it seems as though it could be another article in its own right, and it lessens the strength of the thesis.