PUBLISHED:November 01, 2022

Duke Law Podcast | What is critical race theory, and why is it under attack?


This special two-part episode of the Duke Law Podcast examines the origins of critical race theory, the political controversies surrounding it, and its ongoing relevance in the study of race and the law.

What is critical race theory, or 'CRT,' and why did this decades-old academic concept recently come under attack in the halls of Congress and local school board meetings? Three law professors whose expertise and scholarship are at the forefront of race and the law provide answers in this special two-part series of the Duke Law Podcast:

In Part 1, Professors Jones, Lovelace, and James provide a definition of CRT and look back at when and why it began. They also explore the contemporary attacks on CRT and the battlegrounds where these attacks are happening.

In Part 2, our guest speakers examine how CRT can used as a tool to better understand today's legal practices and policies, from policing, voting rights, and mass incarceration to social justice movements, the rule of law, and even the Senate confirmation hearing of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. (Note: this podcast was recorded prior to Justice Jackson's confirmation).


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