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Progressive race blindness, Critical Race Theory, Identity construction, Political resistance


This Article responds to the advocates of "progressive race blindness" with several critiques of their central claims. Part I examines the contours of progressive race blindness in greater detail, giving centrality to the emergence of this theory in legal scholarship. Part I sets forth the common themes articulated in progressive race blindness arguments and highlights important differences among its proponents. Part II isolates several problems with the progressive race blindness literature and demonstrates that these weaknesses make the literature unhelpful as a political or legal theory and even dangerous to the cause of antiracism. Part III offers suggestions for future theorizing in the context of progressive race blindness. Although the proponents of progressive race blindness can overcome some of the limitations of their work, this Article ultimately argues that people of color should continue to "see" race as a dimension of both their individual and group identities.

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UCLA Law Review