Race, Racism, and American Law

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Aspen Publishers, 2008 - 766 pages

The Sixth Edition of this innovative text written by Derrick Bell continues to provide students with insight into the issues surrounding race in America and an understanding of how the law interprets those issues as well as the factors that directly and indirectly influence the law. The first casebook published specifically for teaching race related law courses, Race, Racism, and American Law is engaging, offering hard-hitting enlightenment, and is an unparalleled teaching tool.

Among the features that have made this text a success with both students and instructors through five editions over 35 years:

  • Clear and readable text along with a participatory approach that encourages discussion of unresolved and perhaps unresolvable racial issues.
  • Interdisciplinary excerpts from historical, sociological, and psychological publications that provide comprehensive coverage of all aspects of the subject and in this edition pose the question of the lawand’s limitations in remedying current racial barriers.
  • Creative hypothetical exercises for possible briefing and argument to the class by student advocates. The presentations promote a learning by teaching experience that enables students to realize the complex nature and consequences of racism in the United States
  • Commentary on the Supreme Court's conception of a andquot;color-blindandquot; society and its adverse effects on school desegregation, voting, employment, and affirmative action
  • Alternatives to integration in achieving the goal of equal educational opportunity.
  • The absence or inadequacy of remedies for racial barriers facing Latino, Asian and Native American citizens.
  • Discussion of Professor Lani Guinier's advocacy of proportional representation over majority-minority districts.
  • The uses of nooses as racial intimidation symbols replacing flaming crosses.
  • Racial priorities in Hurricane Katrinaand’s rescue and recovery policies.
  • The legal ramifications of the disproportionately high percentage of blacks and Hispanics in American prisons
  • Legal and social barriers to blacks and Latinos seeking to challenge employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended.
  • The growing acceptance and continued hostility to interracial sex and marriage.
  • The vulnerability of black and Latino buyers to consumer schemes and sub-prime mortgages.
  • The limited value of racial protests during a time of war and national crisis.

Fully updated, the Sixth Edition includes:

  • Increased citation to and discussion of law review articles that offer new and perhaps controversial perspectives, which Professor Bell utilizes to provide divergent views and thus better provoke class discussion and independent student thought
  • Summaries of new Supreme Court cases
  • A new hypothetical problem that deals with using non-racial criteria to create school diversity
  • New sections on the adverse impact of immigration on black employment and the impact of unemployment on prison rates

Race, Racism, and American Law, Sixth Edition, compiled and published initially in 1973 by Derrick Bell, in this latest addition continues its position as an essential tool to any course addressing the reasons why race remains a key to Americaand’s economic, political and social functioning. If you arenand’t already using this text, request an examination copy today.

About the author (2008)

A lawyer, educator, and writer, Derrick Bell was educated at both Duquesne University and Pittsburgh University. He was the first African American professor to be tenured at Harvard Law School. He was the dean of the University of Oregon Law School and a professor at the New York University Law School. Bell has held such positions as executive director of the Western Center on Law and Poverty at the University of California, counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and deputy director of the Office for Civil Rights in the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Bell has contributed writing to the following publications: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and UCLA legal journals, Essence, Mother Jones, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He has written Race, Racism and American Law and the story, Space Traders, which was adapted as a movie for HBO.

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