Critical Race Theory and Interest Convergence in the Backlash Against Affirmative Action: Washington State and Initiative 200


by Edward Taylor ó 2000

The backlash against affirmative action is gaining political momentum as liberalismís defenses are overwhelmed. This article utilizes critical race theory (CRT) to present a counter-argument to both conservative calls for colorblindness and the incrementalism of traditional liberalism. Using Washington Stateís Initiative 200 as a case study, it argues that CRT not only can inform the debate over affirmative action, but has the potential to reinvigorate multiculturalismís social activist roots.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 3, 2000, p. 539-560
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10491, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 5:28:34 PM

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