Critical Theory, Critical Race Theory and U.S. Constitutional Law
Dr. Carter Wilson will share his research on critical theory, critical race theory and constitutional law. He will begin his discussion by illustrating how Justice Anthony Kennedy used critical theory in the same sex marriage decision (Obergefell v Hodges, 2015) and changed the meaning of originalism and textualism. Dr. Wilson will trace the origins of critical race theory back to Charles Sumner, who used this approach in his arguments against the separate but equal principle adjudicated by the Massachusetts Supreme Court (Roberts v City of Boston, 1849). Dr. Wilson will summarize the vision and intent of the authors of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments. He will draw parallels between the attack on critical race theory during the 1850s and today and persistent efforts to undermine the intent of these amendments.