Critical Race Theory (CRT) is in the news a lot these days. This Caudill Conversation explains the contemporary and historical relevance of CRT. Dr. Bernadette Barton (Sociology) explains what CRT is, and explains how we use theories to interpret and understand things in the world. She also explores the ideas of intersectionality and ways in which majority groups maintain power over minority groups. Dr. Benjamin Fitzpatrick (History) connects current controversies over CRT to various attempts to control the narrative around slavery after the Civil War, including ways in which those attempts are still evident today in history textbooks. Dr. Thomas Kiffmeyer (History) explains how the controversy over CRT illustrates three popular misconceptions about the nature of history itself, and provides some recent political context in terms of competing national narratives offered from the Left and the Right.
Barton, Bernadette; Fitzpatrick, Benjamin; and Kiffmeyer, Thomas, "Critical Race Theory: An Introduction" (2021). Caudill Conversations Video Archives. 7.