The idea for this issue was conceived shortly after the conclusion of the panel, “Battling White Supremacy with Ethnic Studies” at the 34th annual conference of the National Association for Ethnic Studies in San Francisco. A suggestion was made to publish a special issue on a subject exploring “Critical Race Studies” or “Critical White Studies.” As it turned out three of the original panel presenters were interested in participating in the initiative; hardly enough for a publication. The articles by Reiland Rabaka, R. Sophie Statzel and lsabell Cserno are based on their conference papers. As it further turned out, I had other papers in the review process which were thematically consistent with the panel papers. I believe the articles comprising this issue make a valuable contribution to the ongoing discourse about the continuing significance of “race” in the United States and other societies.

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