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Race, Rhetoric, and Justice

About This Guide

This guide is connected to the ENG 380: Rhetoric and Critical Race Theory course. However, we hope to offer it as a tool to be used beyond our class community. In the spirit of recent activist #syllabi, this is not an exhaustive list but might serve as a beginning point.

Suggestions for additions may be sent to Tawny LeBouef Tullia at



The goal of Critical Race Theory is an ethical commitment to human liberation.

“The critical race theory (CRT) movement is a collection of activists and scholars engaged in studying and transforming the relationship among race, racism, and power. The movement considers many of the same issues that conventional civil rights and ethnic studies discourses take up but places them in a broader perspective that includes economics, history, setting, group and self-interest, and emotions and the unconscious.”

“After the first decade, critical race theory began to splinter and now includes” additional focused literature, scholarship, and groups of educators, law experts, and social critiques. These splintered groups are:

  • Asian American jurisprudence,
  • A “Latino-critical (LatCrit) contingent,”
  • a LGBT interest group, and
  • a Muslim and Arab caucus

- Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic. Critical Race Theory: An Introduction. (pg. 3)

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