The Positive And Negative Aspects Of The Critical Race Theory

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An intelligent Black boy, who dumbs himself down to avoid criticism. The Hispanic girl who stays at home to take care of her family, instead of going to school. The Asian who pursues a career in medicine, despite wanting to be an actor. All of these strange actions can be explained by the Critical Race Theory. In short, the Critical Race Theory examines how victims of racism and stereotypes counter prejudice. Under the Critical Race Theory falls stereotype threat in which victims assume the roles that they think are prescribed for them based on popular stereotypes. The aim of stereotype threat and the Critical Race Theory is to explain both negative and positive ways minorities are effected by their race and how this reflected in our society as a whole. Firstly, when on the topic of stereotype threat and critical race theory, one can think of several negative examples. One powerful illustration of the Critical Race Theory is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz which chronicles the life of Oscar Wao and his family as they attempt to navigate through life while struggling with their Dominican heritgage. Diaz describes Oscar Wao as, " [Oscar] Had none of the Higher Powers of your typical Dominican male, couldn’t have pulled a girl if his life depended on it. Couldn’t play sports for shit, or dominoes, was beyond uncoordinated, threw a ball like a girl. Had no knack for music or business or dance, no hustle, no rap, no G. And most damning of all: no looks. He
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