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Critical Race Theory and Foster Care in America
A look at the critical race theory in relation to the American foster care system.
# 102916 | 3,161 words | 18 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Apr 06, 2008 in African-American Studies (Racism)

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This paper describes the "critical race theory" (CRT) and how it can be applied to the foster care system and the glaring racial differences between the experiences of citizens who are Caucasian vs. people of color. The author provides a detailed account of the USA foster care system and concludes that if Bell's convergence theory is accurate then it must be demonstrated that better foster care for all children is in society's best interest as it will reduce crime, welfare, education and other societal costs.

Critical Race Theory
United States Foster Care System In 21st Century
Action Oriented Research
Critical Race Theory and the Foster Care System
Some Current Foster Care Issues

From the Paper:

"Derrick Bell not only presents a new view on American racism in CRT, he also has led a new method for describing this experience. Where historians generally speak in broad terms, Bell often uses narratives to tell a story. He and other CRT proponents use individual vignettes to illustrate their points. In one story Bell describes a future where aliens land and promise to solve all of America's financial problems if we will give them all of our Negroes. Since Blacks arrived as slaves, he uses his story to launch into a question of whether or not society would allow Blacks to be taken the same way they came. He concludes that most Americans would allow this, basing his opinion on past practices of America, from the rationalization of slavery on economic terms, to destruction of the Native American to Japanese internment during WW II (Bell, 2000, pp. 2-8).
"Bell's point is that racism is endemic to U.S. History and that we need to recognize that fact. Bell begins by noting that wealth in the United States is disproportionately held by a small group of mostly White individuals. Current news stories illustrate an even greater disparity in wealth than what Bell reports (that the poorest 2/5ths of our population received only 15.4% of the national family income while the top 1/5th received 43.7%. Bell claims that such disparity threatens to wipe out any legal equality gained over the past half-century (Bell, 2000, pp. 2-6)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Administration for Children & Families. (2006, October 13). U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Retrieved March 29, 2007, <>
  • Adoption. In K.R. Johnson (ed.), Mixed race America and the law: A reader. (356-359.) New York: NYU Press.
  • Bartholet, E. (2003). Where do black children belong? The politics of race matching in adoption. In K.R. Johnson (ed.), Mixed race America and the law: A reader. (356-359.) New York: NYU Press.
  • Bell, D. A. Jr. (n.d.). Fulltime faculty. New York University. Retrieved March 29, 2007, from><
  • Bell, D. A. Jr. (2000). After we're gone: Prudent speculations on America in a post-racial epoch. In R. Delgado & J. Stefancic (eds.), Critical race theory: The cutting edge (2nd ed.). (2-8). Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

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