Seven Tenets of Critical Race Theory, Pt. 4

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  1. CRT recognizes interest-convergence, the process whereby the white power structure “will tolerate or encourage racial advances for Blacks only when they also promote white self-interests” (Delgado, 1995, p. xiv). In this proposition, the argument of CRT scholars is that white people have been the main beneficiaries of civil rights legislation (Ladson-Billings, 2000). Delgado and Stefancic (2001) contend that efforts to eradicate racism have produced minimal results due to the insufficient convergence of interests by both white elites and African Americans. Consequently, racism continues to persist. Bell (2000) contends, “We cannot ignore and should learn from and try to recognize situations when there is a convergence of interests” (p. 9).

From Shaun R. Harper, Lori D. Patton, & Ontario S. Wooden, “Access and Equity for African American Students in Higher Education: A Critical Race Historical Analysis of Policy Efforts,” Journal of Higher Education 80, no. 4 (2009): 391.

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Seven Tenets of Critical Race Theory, Pt. 4

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