Cheryl Harris

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Cheryl Harris
Cheryl I. Harris
SpouseKeorapetse Kgositsile (separated)
ChildrenEarl Sweatshirt
WebsiteUCLA faculty profile

Cheryl I. Harris is a critical race theorist and professor of civil rights and civil liberties at the UCLA School of Law.[1]

Harris is widely known for "Whiteness as Property", published in the June 1993 edition of the Harvard Law Review.[2][3] In the paper, Harris describes the white racial identity and the value it confers in a slave society.[4]

Harris is also the mother of American rapper, songwriter and record producer Earl Sweatshirt.[5]

Early life[edit]

Harris received her first degree from Wellesley College in 1973 and her J.D. degree from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 1978.[2]


  1. ^ Holland, Gale (2 June 2020). "UCLA protests LAPD using Jackie Robinson stadium for protest arrest processing". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Warren, James (5 September 1993). "WHITENESS AS PROPERTY". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  3. ^ Harris, Cheryl I. (1993). "Whiteness as Property". Harvard Law Review. 106 (8): 1707–1791. doi:10.2307/1341787. ISSN 0017-811X. JSTOR 1341787.
  4. ^ Bouie, Jamelle (8 May 2020). "The Anti-Lockdown Protesters Have a Twisted Conception of Liberty". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  5. ^ "5 Things We Learned From Earl Sweatshirt's Talk With His Mother at MOCA in L.A." Billboard. 8 December 2019. Retrieved 3 June 2020.