By Victor Ray. Explains the centrality of race in American history and politics, and how the often mischaracterized intellectual movement became a political necessity. Draws upon the radical thinking of Ida B. Wells, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., etc. to trace the foundations of critical race theory in the Black intellectual traditions of emancipation and the civil rights movement. From these foundations, explores the many facets of society that critical race theory interrogates, from deeply embedded structural racism to the historical connection between whiteness and property, ownership, and more. Presents, analyzes, and breaks down the scholarship and concepts that constitute this often misconstrued term and explores how the conversation on critical race theory has expanded into the contemporary popular conscience. Read more.