Sahar Aziz, Professor of Law, Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar, Middle East Legal Scholar, and Director of the Center for Security, Race and Rights, Rutgers Law School
Adrien K. Wing, Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law & Associate Dean for International Programs, University of Iowa College of Law
Laura M. Padilla, Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
Athena Mutua, Professor of Law, Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar SUNY Buffalo Law School The State University of New York (Moderator)
2021:Workshop #7: Racial Capitalism, March 10, 2021 at 5PM EST, To view the workshop please CLICK HERE.
In recent years, interest in racial capitalism has exploded in several disciplines, including history, political theory, and cultural studies. What does “racial capitalism” mean? What is, or should be, the relationship of this framework to Critical Race Theory and settler colonialism theory? What might an understanding of legal doctrines, institutions, and processes add to racial capitalism scholarship? This panel brings together scholars whose cutting-edge research projects investigate markets, politics, and white supremacy.
Panelists & Moderator
Abbye Atkinson, Assistant Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Panelist)
Andrea Freeman, Professor of Law, University of Hawaii Richardson School of Law (Panelist)
Athena Mutua, Professor of Law, Floyd H. & Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar, University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York (Panelist)
Daria Roithmayr, Richard L. and Antoinette S. Kirtland Professor of Law, University of Southern California School of Law (Panelist)
Natsu Taylor Saito, Distinguished University Professor, Georgia State University School of Law (Commentator)
Angela P. Harris, Professor Emerita, University of California, Davis School of Law (Moderator)
ClassCrits Workshop #8:Queering Class: A roundtable discussion on the intersection of LGBTQIA issues, law, and political economy praxis. Cosponsored with the University of Kansas School of Law,April 16, 2021 from 11am-3:30pm CST via Zoom. 20 scholars and activists. 4 hours. 4 questions. 1 collective conversation about queerness and class. This extended virtual roundtable discussion brought together diverse scholars and activists from a range of fields to advance the collaborative project of envisioning solutions to the problems particular to the intersection of class and queerness.
ClassCrits Virtual Happy Hour followed by Annual Meeting: November 5, 2021 at 5pm ET.
Working Group- December 10, 2021 at 3pm ET by zoom. Co-sponsored with APPEAL. Etienne C. Toussaint, Assistant Professor, South Carolina School of Law, discussed his paper, The Spirit of Racial Capitalism in Colonial America. Professor Toussaint teaches contracts, business associations, and courses related to business, political economy, and critical theory. Other areas of expertise include community development and housing law as well as environmental engineering.
Program on Taxation and Law and Political Economy, Wed. Dec. 15, 2021 at 3:00pm ET, featuring a groundbreaking article by co-authors Jeremy Bearer-Friend, Ari Glogower, Ariel Jurow Kleiman & Clinton G. Wallace, forthcoming in the Ohio State Law Journal. This event was co-sponsored with APPEAL.
Constitutionalism, Neoliberalism, and Economic Justice, with Professor Julie A. Nice. Friday January 28, 2022, at 4pm ET (UTC-5) via zoom. This paper maps the emerging scholarship regarding constitutionalism and economic justice within the United States. Scholars with diverse expertise ranging from economics and political economy to US constitutional law, US legal history, US poverty law, and comparative social and economic rights are turning increased attention to the relationship between constitutionalism and economic justice. This paper particularly considers the role of poverty law (or the absence thereof) within this discourse. This event was co-sponsored with APPEAL.
Book Discussion with Ezra Rosser, Thursday February 10th at 5PM ET (UTC-5) via zoom. Book discussion with Ezra Rosser, author of A Nation Within: Navajo Land and Economic Development (with Angela Riley, Robert Williams, and Lucy Jewel).
ClassCrits Book Symposium Thursday, February 24th 5pm ET/ 4PM CST/ 2PM PST (UTC-5). This discussion explored Rafia Zakaria’s new book Against White Feminism, which serves as a counter-manifesto to white feminism’s alignment with colonial, patriarchal, and white supremacist ideals to center women of color. The panel participants will consider the legacy of the British feminist imperialist savior complex and what Zakaria describes as “the colonial thesis that all reform comes from the West” to the condescension of the white feminist–led “aid industrial complex” and the conflation of sexual liberation as the “sum total of empowerment.” The discussion will build on the work of intersectional feminists, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Adrienne Rich, and Audre Lorde.
ClassCrits March 10th at 5PM Eastern Time (UTC-5) "Keeping the 'Crit' in Critical Tax: Lessons from LatCrit and CRT" . This discussion will focused on the body of scholarship and the long-running conference that go by the name "Critical Tax." Scholars and teachers in this area do not necessarily agree with each other about the boundaries of critical tax. This conversation evaluated in what sense, if any, this work is properly described as "critical" (and why that does, or doesn't, matter).
Diane Klein, Visiting Professor of Law (Remote), Southern University Law Center
Anthony Infanti, University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Frank Valdes, University of Miami School of Law
Prof. Andre Smith, American University Washington College of Law
April 21, 2022 at 12pm (noon) EDT via Zoom Derrick Bell, Racism, and Well-Being with Kim Clark, Dr. K. Parameswaran, and others.
This was a practicum on teaching and living the ethics and values of the movement begun by Professor Derrick Bell. Although race may not be at the center of our legal considerations, bias is, and racial bias is salient to the thinking mind. How can this cognitive focused teaching and practice of law advance better decision-making in our personal lives, our communities and the larger society? What healing and peace can this perspective bring to our lives? Hear from the panelists how understanding the “vexing bond of race and power” leads to liberation of one’s self and how we become energized by meeting this challenge.
ClassCrits XIII Conference Unlocking Race & Class For Just Transitions- October 21-22, 2022 at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX
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Co-Sponsored by ClassCrits, Inc., Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Taproot Earth Just Transition Lawyering Institute, & Equation Campaign
Knote Speaker: Colette Pichon Battle, Esq., Co-Executive Director of TapRoot Earth
Conference Theme, Unlocking Race & Class For Just Transitions
The Civil Rights Era of the mid-20th century brought about some reforms, but it did not achieve substantive equality for people of color, and in particular for African American, Latinx and Native American communities. The wealth and income of these communities are far below that of whites, their poverty and unemployment rates are far above the national average, and they are far underrepresented among college graduates and in professions requiring higher education. There is still widespread de facto racial and ethnic segregation in schools and residential living patterns. And people of color are often harassed and brutalized by police and private citizens while engaged in normal human activities.
For several decades, scholarship in Critical Race Theory and LatCrit Theory has examined the role of ongoing racial discrimination in perpetuating persistent injustices and inequalities against African Americans and other people of color. A somewhat different perspective is found in the literature on “racial capitalism.” Inspired by scholars in the Black radical tradition such as W.E.B. DuBois, Cedric Robinson, and Sylvia Wynter, historians and theorists of capitalism have begun to trace the relationship between global capitalism and white supremacy. From the dispossession of indigenous people in the “New World” to the establishment of Atlantic slavery, through the construction of empires of cotton, sugar, bananas, and other commodities that pulled colonized and racialized peoples around the globe into new supply chains designed to serve the European metropoles, the cheap land and labor produced by white supremacy has been central to the emergence of capitalism.
The climate crisis, which currently threatens the well-being of the entire world and of which people of color and other marginalized communities bear the brunt, is an outcome of a globalized economic system based on extraction from and exploitation of these communities and of the planet at large. Indeed, new historical research suggests that capitalist tools and mechanisms—from accounting and management practices to mortgages, the corporate form, and private property itself—are the products of a mindset that has distributed the privileges of “humanity” unequally. This account refuses the conventional question of “Is it race or class?” and suggests that the two are intimately intertwined.
This backdrop poses several questions. Is it possible to overcome white supremacy with the existing tools of American law? Can white supremacy and capitalism be disentangled? Is it possible, given what DuBois called the “wages of whiteness,” to build a more egalitarian society with minimal wealth and income disparities, high quality education and guaranteed employment for all, and comparable opportunities to seek fulfillment in life? Despite the enormous power of the moneyed elite, is it possible and what would it take to transform our society from one based on competition, profit, and individual satisfaction to one whose core values are working cooperatively, meeting people’s needs, and fairly sharing what society collectively produces among all its members? What might this “Just Transition” look like? And how do we equip lawyers to facilitate the transition?
For more details about ClassCrits XIII, including sponsors, logistics, and fees, please see the full conference description by clicking here.