The Concept Of Colorblindness And Race Neutrality Essay

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Theoretical Framework
The theoretical framework being used for this particular study is Critical Race Theory (CRT). The premise of CRT is that race is a social construct that affects all aspects of life and is deeply engrained in the fabric of society (Ladson-Billings, 1998). CRT rejects the concept of colorblindness and race neutrality. The argument in CRT is that the world operates as if Whiteness is the norm, which causes other groups to be marginalized. Whiteness itself is viewed as property owned by White people that no one else can access (Delgado, R. & Stefancic, J., 2001). The goal of CRT is to work towards social justice and equality. In order to accomplish this, race must be addressed not ignored. CRT also seeks to counter White supremacy in which all non-Whites are intrinsically viewed as inferior, which leaves those groups in a permanently disadvantaged state (Ladson-Billings, 1998). The major tenets of CRT that will be critical to this study are: 1) storytelling, 2) the concept of White privilege, 3) anti-essentialism, 4) interest convergence and 5) the rejection of colorblindness and neutrality (Delgado, R. & Stefancic, J., 1995; 2001). These tenets aim to allow people of color to tell their own stories, from their own point of view with the understanding that they have several intersecting identities that should be taken into consideration when creating policy or developing educational environments.
CRT emerged from Critical Legal Studies (CLS). Over…

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