Critical Race Theory in the News

Catch up on what Columbia's Kimberlé Crenshaw and Kendall Thomas have been saying in the press on encouraging Americans to engage in open discussions about racial justice.

Susan Ellingwood
July 01, 2021

In case you haven't noticed, everyone seems to be talking about critical race theory. Here is just a glimpse of the media outlets that have featured Columbia Law School experts Kimberlé Crenshaw and Kendall Thomas talking about how conservative legislators are misunderstanding and misusing a body of writing and a method of research for legal scholars designed to question institutions and the harm of colorblind racism.

"From Viral Videos to Fox News: How Right Wing Media Fueled the Critical Race Theory Panic," The Guardian, June 30, 2021

"Critical Race Theory: What it Is and What it Isn't," The Conversation, June 30, 2021

"The War on History Is a War on Democracy," The New York Times Magazine, June 27, 2021

Katie Experts Explain Critical Race Theory and Why There’s Debate Surrounding It, June 27, 2021

KQED's Mina Kim interviews Kendall Thomas, June 22, 2021

MSNBC's Joy Reid interviews Kimberlé Crenshaw, June 21, 2021

MSNBC's Medhi Hasan interviews Kimberlé Crenshaw, June 20, 2021

CNN on Critical Race Theory

“How a Conservative Activist Invented the Conflict Over Critical Race Theory,” The New Yorker, June 18, 2021

NY1's Cheryl Wills interviews Kendall Thomas, June 13, 2021

“The GOP’s Critical Race Theory Obsession,” The Atlantic, May 7, 2021

“A Lesson on Critical Race Theory,” American Bar Association, January 12, 2021

­­­­“Kimberlé Crenshaw: The Woman Who Revolutionized Feminism–and Landed at the Heart of the Culture Wars,”  The Guardian, Nov. 12, 2020