This book argues that critical race theory (CRT)—which originated within Legal Studies during the 1970s—has permeated multiple academic disciplines and informs the ethical commitments of scholars in diverse fields of study. Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines includes essays by scholars of African American studies from various disciplines, who directly and indirectly incorporate CRT through signaling a commitment to scholar-activism or scholactivism. Scholactivists hope to understand the roots of anti-Black racism and to actively oppose all forms of oppression. Drawing on CRT, the volume counters the colorblind rhetoric of those who dismiss the notion of systemic racism, discount racial inequities, and disregard racial justice advocates as malcontents fanning the flames of racial dissension. The contributors of this collection challenge racism centering the stories, perspectives, and counter-narratives of African American soldiers, teachers, students, writers, psychologists, and theologians who continually defy and resist oppression in myriad ways.
Jonathan Chism is assistant professor of history and a fellow of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Stacie Craft DeFreitas is a licensed psychologist, an associate professor of psychology, the Interim Associate Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a fellow of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Vida Robertson is associate professor of English and humanities and serves as the Director of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.
David Ryden is professor of history, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and a fellow of the Center for Critical Race Studies at the University of Houston-Downtown.
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PART I: – African American History
Introduction:Intersections between Critical Race Studies and History
Chapter 1: “‘I wuz like a petty dog”: White Animalization of Enslaved Blacks
Chapter 2: “Slave to Soldier: United States Colored Troops in the West During the Civil War”
Scott L. Stabler and Martin Hershock
Chapter 3: “Fighting on Two Fronts: Black Educational Self Determination and Community Preservation in Houston, Texas”
Jesus Jesse Esparza
Part II: African Americans and Education
Introduction: Intersections Between Education and Critical Race Studies
Chapter 4: “Getcha Lesson”: Gleaning Wisdom from African American K-12 Educators Who Endured the Desegregation of Public Schools
Darius M. Benton
Chapter 5: “Good” Pedagogy: Arguments for Critical Pedagogy in Higher Education
Felicia L. Harris and Nina Barbieri
Chapter 6: “Surviving the Wild West: A Critical Race Feminist Analysis of African American Women Students’ Experiences with Gendered Racism at the University of Colorado-Boulder”
LeAnna T. Luney
PART III: African American Literary and Cultural Studies
Introduction: Intersections Between African American Literature, Cultural Studies, and Critical Race Studies
Chapter 7: “Rememory and Toni Morrison’s Beloved: A Counter-Narrative to Forgetting America’s Past”
Ordner W. Taylor
Chapter 8: “The Unscripted Script of Black YouTube (BYT): The Working Identities of African American Family Vloggers”
Chapter 9: “HIV/AIDS, Sexualized Anti-Blackness, and Bodily Geographies of Struggle”
PART IV: African American Psychology and African American Religion
Introduction: Intersections Between African American Psychology, African American Religion, and Critical Race Studies
Stacie DeFreitas and Jonathan Chism
Chapter 10: “The State of Black Mental Health: Understanding Disparities Through the Lens of Critical Race Psychology”
Erlanger A. Turner and Tinicia C. Turner
Chapter 11: “The True Measure of American Greatness: Power, Relationality, and Community in the Thinking of Bernard Loomer, Howard Thurman, and Martin Luther King Jr.”
Appendix: Suggested Readings
About the Contributors
Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines further bolsters the academic and practical utility of critical race theory in understanding the real-world implications of systemic oppression throughout the world. Scholars and the public will be drawn to the compelling arguments for and evidence of CRT's essential role of 'scholactivism' in redressing racial inequities ingrained in every aspect of life in the U. S. and beyond. This book is a 'must read' and 'must do.'
Critical Race Studies Across Disciplines: Resisting Racism through Scholactivism is an invaluable text that advances a complex analysis of what drives the persistence of US racial injustice. It builds upon long-standing critical theories and real-lived accountsthat emerge from and inform the evolution of African American culture in its communal quest for social justice. Chism et al have love-crafted an anthology that merits becoming a landmark in the burgeoning field of critical race theory. What other normative accounts of history in various academic disciplines discount and disregard, this text lays bare for all to see and comprehend. In so doing, it counters and corrects the colorblind rhetoric, racial inequities, and racial dissension that make up the study of these yet to be united states of America.