What Is Critical Race Theory?

Critical race theory has been is the news quite a bit over the past year. Many have discussed it, but there are also many who are confused as to what it is. I recently sat down and had a discussion with two men and discussed critical race theory. Dr. Sam Rocha and theologian David L. Gray were very gracious with their time and I had great conversations with both. I posted the interviews on the Youtube channel and the podcast yesterday. For sake of brevity I will post the Youtube conversations below.

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Sam Rocha On Critical Race Theory

In 2014, Rocha was appointed Assistant Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada. He has also been a Member of the Common Room at Green College and Pastoral Philosopher-in-Residence at St. Mark’s College while at UBC. In 2014, he published the second edition of A Primer for Philosophy and Education with Cascade Books; in 2015 it won the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award. In 2014, he released Late to Love, an Augustinian soul album, with Wiseblood Records.

In 2015 his book Folk Phenomenology: Education, Study, and the Human Person was published by Pickwick Publications and his essay, “A Tales of Three Cubicles,” won the Outstanding Contribution Award from Visual Arts Research. In 2016, he released Fear and Loving, a soundscape companion album to Folk Phenomenology. In 2017, Rocha published Tell Them Something Beautiful: Essays and Ephemera with Cascade Books and released a single, “A Todo Var.” Rocha was promoted to Associate Professor and awarded the Killam Teaching Prize at UBC in 2019.

Sam Rocha

At the end of 2019, he released his third full-length album, Anamnesis, and in 2020 he released a single, “The Freedom of Dialectic,” inspired by the life and thought of Maxine Greene. His newest book, The Syllabus as Curriculum: A Reconceptualist Approach, was published in 2020 and received the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from AERA: Division B, Curriculum Studies.

He has served as the president of the Society for the Philosophical Study of Education from 2012 to 2014, editor of the Patheos Catholic channel from 2015 to 2017, Communications Director of the Philosophy of Education Society from 2016 to 2020, book review editor for Studies in Philosophy and Education from 2013 to 2018, and a member of the Theory and History of Education International Research Group since 2015. He is on several editorial boards of academic journals and on the advisory board of Curriculum Studies in Canada. Rocha has also published widely in popular Catholic media including First Things, Commonweal, America, Our Sunday Visitor, The Catholic Herald, and Church Life Journal.

Dr. Rocha says that critical race theory is compatible with Catholicism.

What Is The View Of David L. Gray

Born in 1972, David L. Gray is an American Catholic Theologian and Historian, and the President and Publisher of Saint Dominic’s Media. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central State University (Ohio) and a Masters of Arts in Catholic Theology from Ohio Dominican University. His published work, ‘Inside Prince Hall (Freemasonry)’ predates his conversion to Catholicism. He currently resides in the Greater Saint Louis area with his wife Felicia. They are active in the Queen of Peace Catholic community on Scott Air Force Base. David is an On-Air Radio Personality for the Guadalupe Radio Network ‘The David L. Gray Show: Voicing Truth and Reason‘, which airs every Wednesday on the global GRN at 4pm CST.

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David L. Gray

David says that CRT is not compatible with Catholicism.

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