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Toward a Critical Race Theory of Education

Abstract

This article assets that despite the salience of race in U.S. society, as a topic of scholarly inquiry, it remains untheorized. The article argues for a critical race theoretical perspective in education analogous to that of critical race theory in legal scholarship by developing three propositions: 1 race continues to be significant in the United States 2. U.S. society is based on property rights rather than human rights; and 3. the intersection of race and property creates an analytical tool for understanding inequity. The article concludes with a look at the limitations of the current multicultural paradigm.

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