Liberal McCarthyism and the Origins of Critical Race Theory

Richard Delgado


The article discusses the emergence of liberal McCarthyism and the origins of critical race theory in the U.S. It reviews the conflicting stories from Harvard Law School in Massachusetts and the University of California in Berkeley and Los Angeles about critical race theory. The article examines the role of radical professors Kingman Brewster, James Conant, Clark Kerr and Albert Bowker in McCarthyism. The author relates how professors David Trubek, Richard Abel, Staughton Lynd and Anthony Platt lost their job due to liberal McCarthyism.