What exactly is Critical Race Theory? This concise and accessible exploration demystifies an important framework for understanding and fighting racial injustice in the United States.

“A clear-eyed expert field guide.”—Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of Thick

 
From renowned scholar Dr. Victor Ray, On Critical Race Theory seeks to explain the centrality of race in American history and politics, and how the often mischaracterized intellectual movement became a political necessity.
 
Ray draws upon the radical thinking of giants such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ida B. Wells, and W.E.B. Du Bois to clearly trace the foundations of Critical Race Theory in Black intellectual traditions of emancipation and the civil rights movement. From these foundations, Dr. Ray explores the many facets that make up CRT as we know it, from deeply embedded structural racism to the historical connection between Whiteness and property, ownership, and more.
 
In succinct thoughtful essays, Ray presents, analyzes, and breaks down the scholarship and concepts that constitute this often misconstrued term. He explores how the conversation on CRT has expanded into the contemporary popular conscience underscoring why Critical Race Theory matters and why we should all care.
“Regimes ban books when the books explain what is actually happening. Everyone who reads Victor Ray’s book will emerge understanding that this is exactly why critical race theory is being banned. In clear and accessible prose, Ray explains why we need critical race theory to understand the problems we face, and simultaneously reveals why it is such a target. The government doesn’t want you to have this knowledge. This book explains why.”—Jason Stanley, author of How Fascism Works

“Sociologist Victor Ray has given us the profound gift of a clear-eyed expert field guide to racial fascism and critical race theory. This is a handbook for serious people who want to fight dishonest fearmongering.”—Dr. Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of Thick