Profile: Cheryl Harris

Cheryl I. Harris is a critical race theorist and professor of civil rights and civil liberties at the UCLA School of Law.

She is widely known for publishing, “Whiteness as Property,” in the June 1993 edition of the Harvard Law Review. In it, Harris describes the white racial identity and the value it confers in a slave society.

Harris is also the mother of American rapper, songwriter and record producer, Earl Sweatshirt.

Early life

Harris received her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in 1973 and her law degree from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1978.

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