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Critical Race Theory And Dahrendorf 's Concept Of The Struggle For Authority From The Conflict Theory

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Martin Luther King Jr. expressed the sentiment, “We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” This statement implies, that if the oppressed are not willing or empowered to take their freedom from the oppressor, the oppressor is not going to offer freedom on their own accord. This statement will be assessed according to the concept of ordinariness from the critical race theory and Dahrendorf’s concept of the struggle for authority from the conflict theory. Critical Race Theory and Ordinariness Delgado, Stefancic, and Liendo (2012) discuss the term colorblind as a representation of this concept of ordinariness as related to the critical race theory. Colorblindness is a suggestion that one does not see the color of another’s skin. This concept of not being able to see another’s color, would also suggest the one does not see the persons struggles as the relate to race and inequality. Suggesting that one does not see race also suggest that one thinks that we are all treated equally and no changes are required to even at the field for all races. If you cannot see race, you cannot see racial discrimination. The issue of colorblindness enables casting director to cast whites in the roles that are written for ethnic minorities. Martin Luther King’s statement above implies that in such cases minorities have to remove the vail of colorblindness. When colorblindness is used to continue to oppress, it
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