“What’s Going On?”: A Critical Race Theory Perspective on Black Lives Matter and Activism in Education

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Abstract

This article explores activism, education, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Using critical race theory (CRT), I analyze what this emergence of primarily youth-led activism means in the context of decades of neoliberal education reform. I raise specific questions about how youth-led activism, which has its genesis in and is largely shaped by social media, not only reflects limited robust mainstream discourses on race but also a failure of education, particularly schools and districts that serve students of color in under-resourced urban communities, to teach about and contextualize other historical movements for justice and racial equity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-247
Number of pages17
JournalUrban Education
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2018

Keywords

  • Black females
  • Black males
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Multicultural education
  • cultural relevant
  • diversity
  • identity
  • race
  • racism
  • social
  • social
  • subjects
  • urban education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Urban Studies

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