The True Story of Critical Race Theory

The True Story of Critical Race Theory

By WNYC Studios

Notes from America

Monday, 11 October

Is racism a permanent fixture of society? Host Kai Wright is joined by Jelani Cobb, staff writer for The New Yorker, to unravel the history of Derrick Bell’s quest to answer that question and how it led to our present debate over critical race theory. 

Companion listening for this episode:

The Method to Tucker Carlson’s Madness (5/3/2021)

History suggests we shouldn’t laugh off what’s happening in right wing media right now. Plus, profiting off of racism is a business model as old as the news.

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