Why Race Still Matters in Urban Education: Critical Race Theory and Urban Education

M. Alex Evans, Nancy Cardenas, Adrienne D. Dixson

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This chapter will argue the need for theorizing and analyzing educational inequity as a by-product of race and racializing processes. Drawing on a number of contemporary examples of educational policies aimed at addressing educational inequity, this chapter will use Critical Race Theory (CRT) as an analytical tool to argue that contrary to the popular belief that with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, racism and the need for race were eradicated. We argue that Obama’s election ushered in an era of retrenchment that has led to not only growing income and wealth inequality, but has ushered in unprecedented destruction of public education that impacts not only children of color, but also teachers and communities of color with pronounced racially disproportionate outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer International Handbooks of Education
Number of pages22
StatePublished - 2017

Publication series

NameSpringer International Handbooks of Education
VolumePart F1617
ISSN (Print)2197-1951
ISSN (Electronic)2197-196X

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017.


  • Critical race theory
  • Educational inequality
  • Race
  • Urban education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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