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Yale Gives Public Health Award to Critical Race Theory Scholar

Yale Gives Public Health Award to Critical Race Theory Scholar

“because of her groundbreaking work on intersectionality”

Remember when we were told that no one is really teaching critical race theory? Good times.

Campus Reform reports:

Yale gives public health award to CRT professor

Kimberlé Crenshaw, a legal scholar who pioneered critical race theory and the concept of “intersectionality,” received Yale University’s Winslow Medal on Feb. 3, regarded as one of the highest honors in the field of public health.

Critical Race Theory “makes race the prism through which its proponents analyze all aspects of American life, categorizing individuals into groups of oppressors and victims,” The Heritage Foundation states.

Yale describes Crenshaw as a “prominent law professor and civil rights scholar” who is being recognized “because of her groundbreaking work on intersectionality – the ways in which systems of inequality based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, and other forms of discrimination ‘intersect’ to create unique dynamics and effects.”

Crenshaw teaches at the University of California Los Angeles and Columbia University.

Melinda Irwin, Winslow Medical Committee Chair, believes Crenshaw’s work has aided efforts to “achieve health equity and justice for all.”

Trace Kershaw, who nominated Crenshaw for the award, argues that, because of Crenshaw’s work, intersectionality “has become a dominant way to understand the impact of racism and stigma on the health and well-being of marginalized identities.”

Crenshaw has received other prestigious awards, including in 2021 when she received The Association of American Law Schools’ Lifetime Service award.


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Crenshaw is looking forward to getting together with Obama the peacemaker, Emmy-winner Cuomo, and the historian-wunderkind Bellesiles for a few rounds of kombucha.

Crenshaw didn’t even pioneer the concept of intersectionality. She appropriated it from the Combahee River Collective, which in turn derived it from Marcuse.

But she did coin the term, she did recognize that it was an effective delivery system for the identitarian poison, and she did find the right spot to inject the poison into our political system.