Dr Hannah Robbins, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music and University of Nottingham's Director of Black Studies, has been featured on the Times Higher Education blog
Dr Robbins discusses how UK minister Kemi Badenoch’s disavowal of critical race theory plays into a misleading right-wing narrative.
'We are told that race-centred research is an offence and attack against white people, but critical race advocates only want to be able to examine how the stratification of people as a result of race has informed our society. We need critical race theory precisely because we are taught over and over that white is not a racial identity.
We must criticise the notion of racial supremacy and the atrocities humanity has committed under those auspices, but critical race theorists do not seek to crowd out discussions of class. Indeed, critical race theory frequently makes space for dialogues about class that are not accommodated in other parts of university curricula.
More importantly, critical race theory equips students with new and often empathetic ways of understanding the world around them. It gives both students and scholars of colour the power to develop vocabularies about their experiences. And it allows us to make informed choices about how we use our power in the world around us.'
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Posted on Monday 26th October 2020