Category Archives: Race and Racism

Hearing Women: Reflections on the Anniversary of Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

by Stephanie M. Wildman September 27 marks the anniversary of a skirmish that ranks in the pantheon of modern civilian conflicts over what kind of society America will be. Many believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony one year ago about … Continue reading

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Bringing Indigeneous Voices Into Judicial Decision-Making

This news from Sydney (Australia) Law School (here): Dr Nicole Watson will use an Australian Research Council grant to incorporate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices into judgments and celebrate their contributions to the development of Australian law. Dr Watson, … Continue reading

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New Book Announcement: “The Princeton Fugitive Slave” by Lolita Buckner Inniss (@auntiefeminist @SMULawSchool)

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss (SMU) has published her book, The Princeton Fugitive Slave: The Trials of James Collins Johnson (Fordham U. Press 2019).  Here is the publisher’s description:   James Collins Johnson made his name by escaping slavery in Maryland … Continue reading

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Talking About #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo

In April, 2019, the Wisconsin Journal of Gender, Law & Society sponsored a symposium on “Race-Ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Black Lives Matter and the Role of Intersectional Legal Analysis in the Twenty-First Century.” Instead of preparing individual papers for publication, … Continue reading

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Black Women and Non-Binary Writers Paying Tribute to Toni Morrison #CiteBlackWomen

Dr. Tara L. Conley (Communication, Montclair State) has compiled a list of online essays written by Black women and non-binary writers in tribute to Toni Morrison in the wake of her August 5 death. Dr. Conley’s list is here. She … Continue reading

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CFP-Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the Local to the Global

Bumping to the front; submission deadline 7/15 From colleagues at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law: Prison Abolition, Human Rights, and Penal Reform: From the … Continue reading

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Symposium Program: Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Black Lives Matter, #MeToo, and the Role of Intersectional Legal Analysis

April 12, 2019 Symposium Sponsored by the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society Welcoming Remarks + Framing the Issues 8:45-9:45 am Professor Linda S. Greene (Wisconsin), Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss (SMU), Sam Bach (WJLGS)  Session #1: Moderator Linda S. Greene … Continue reading

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Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and the Role of Intersectional Legal Analysis: Symposium @WisconsinLaw J. L., Gender & Soc’y

Today at the University of Wisconsin, the Journal of Law, Gender & Society is hosting a symposium on “Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power: Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and the Role of Intersectional Legal Analysis: Symposium.” Here is the program description: Recent … Continue reading

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Joshi on “Racial Indirection”

Yuraj Joshi (doctoral candidate and SSHRC fellow at Yale Law School) has posted to SSRN his article, “Racial Indirection,” forthcoming in the Davis Law Review. Here is the abstract: Racial indirection describes practices that produce racially disproportionate results without the … Continue reading

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Gloria Steinem’s Career in Pictures + Essay by Rebecca Carroll @rebel19

The New York Times is featuring on its website various collections of curated historical photographs.  This week’s collection (here) includes an essay by Rebecca Carroll: “What I See: Gloria Steinem Shoulder to Shoulder with Women of Color.” Here is an … Continue reading

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Murray on “Epistemic Injustice in Puerto Rico”

Yxta Maya Murray (Loyola LA) has posted to SSRN her article “FEMA Has Been a Nightmare”: Epistemic Injustice in Puerto Rico, forthcoming in the Willamette Law Review.  Here is the abstract: The continuing disaster in Puerto Rico, caused by the … Continue reading

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Shaming and Blaming Mothers Under the Law: It’s Time We Stop Expecting Mothers to Be Perfect

The perfect mother is a ubiquitous, if impossible, part of American life. We see her in spandex at the gym, working out—self-care!—a week after delivering twins. She’s at center-stage when internet experts opine about how mothers can prevent teenagers’ opioid … Continue reading

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@SheWritesToLive on “Why I’m Giving Up on Intersectionality”

In Quartzy (a “weekly dispatch about living well in the global economy”) over at QZ.com, contributing writer Tamela J. Gordon has an essay entitled, Why I’m Giving Up on Intersectional Feminism. Here is an excerpt: As time progressed, any hope … Continue reading

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Maynard on “How the NCAA Infringes on the Freedom of Families”

Goldburn P. Maynard Jr. (Louisville) has published in the Wisconsin Law Review Online his essay “They’re Watching You: How the NCAA Infringes on the Freedom of Families.”  Here is an excerpt: This Essay argues that the NCAA’s surveillance of the … Continue reading

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Henderson on “The Intersectional Life and Times of Lutie A. Lytle”

Taja-Nia Y. Henderson (Rutgers) has published a new article in the Iowa Law Review: ‘I Shall Talk to My Own People’: The Intersectional Life and Times of Lutie A. Lytle, 102 Iowa L. Rev. 1983 (2017). For those not familiar … Continue reading

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How Clothes (Un)Make the (Wo)Man

I read a wonderful piece this morning in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the ways in which some black academics use fashionable clothing to signal identity. This academic fine dressing is described as part of the black dandy movement, the … Continue reading

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#Blackwomenatwork: Personal is Political

As I shared with one of my classes the other night, over my years in academia, on a fairly regular basis, white students have said to me, “I am afraid of black people,” or even,”I don’t like black people.” When … Continue reading

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Joshi on “Measuring Diversity”

Yuvraj Joshi, a Fellow at Lambda Legal, has published an essay “Measuring Diversity” in the Columbia Law Review Online. Here is the abstract: In Fisher v. University of Texas in June 2016, the Supreme Court upheld the use of race-conscious … Continue reading

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Speaker Needed for FIU Symposium on Race and Reproductive Rights

From colleagues at FIU, who are looking for a speaker to round out an upcoming symposium, due to a last-minute cancellation by a previously-scheduled speaker: Florida International University College of Law will be holding a symposium on reproductive rights, “New … Continue reading

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Strategic Deployment of a Black Female Attorney in the Bill Cosby Case

In this piece on NPR, Feminist Law Prof Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall) comments on Bill Cosby’s decision to hire Monique Pressley as his attorney: The decision to hire her is also strategic, says Buckner Inniss. “Her gender and her race … Continue reading

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Equality and Non-Discrimination under International Law

For those who might be interested, here is a link to the introductory chapter in a volume of collected works on the subject published this year by Ashgate, part of a five-volume series on International Human Rights: Equality and Non-Discrimination under International … Continue reading

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Patricia Hill Collins, “Lessons from Black Feminism”

Earlier this year, Patricia Hill Collins spoke at Grand Valley State University (Michigan).  Her talk, “We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest: Lessons from Black Feminism,” was sponsored by the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, Women’s Center and LGBT Resource … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse: An Addendum

In recent weeks I have begun a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post, “Identity and Ideas,” is available here.  The second post, “Anonymity and Abuse,” is … Continue reading

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Anonymity and Abuse

This is the second in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences.  The first post is available here. Last week I wrote about the way that people attack women … Continue reading

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Identity and Ideas

This is the first in a series of four blog posts that discuss discrimination and harassment in cyberspace, its perpetrators, and its consequences. Women and people of color are under-represented in online discourse.  As of August 2013, 87% of Wikipedia … Continue reading

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“For most Americans, life expectancy continues to rise—but not for uneducated white women. They have lost five years, and no one knows why. “

TAP story by Monica Potts entitled “What’s Killing Poor White Women?” here.

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Of Husband Hunting and Diamond Mines

There has been a tremendous dust-up in response to Susan Patton’s (a member of the Princeton class of 1977) letter to the Daily Princetonian.  In her letter, Patton exhorts Princeton women to begin the task of husband hunting in their … Continue reading

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Lean In (Toward the Everlasting Glass)

I think about all the moments I just didn’t believe in myself. Every test I was sure I was about to fail, every job I wasn’t sure I could do,” she says. “It was after watching so many women quietly … Continue reading

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In Defense of Law Review Affirmative Action

As you may have seen, the new Scholastica submission service allows law reviews to collect demographic information from authors. A flurry of blog posts has recently cropped up in response; as far as I can tell, they range from negative … Continue reading

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Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, “Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant”

From Palgrave, this new book by Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas (Religion, Goucher College): Black Bodies and the Black Church: A Blues Slant.  Here’s is the publisher’s description: There is a problem in the black church. It is a problem with … Continue reading

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“Bad Feminist” By Roxane Gay

Here. Below in an excerpt: There’s also this: lately, magazines have been telling me there’s something wrong with feminism or women trying to achieve a work/life balance or just women in general. The Atlantic has led the way in these … Continue reading

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One of the original “Chiquita Banana” commercials

So much going on here! Courtesy of an awesome college student.

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What Happens When Members of Historically Disadvantaged Groups Talk About Equality

Derailment Bingo is the the creative brainchild of piranha @ Dreamwidth, here. -Bridget Crawford

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CFP: “Black Women in Politics”

From the FLP mailbox: The editors of The National Political Science Review (NPSR) invite submissions from the scholarly community for review and possible publication for a Special Issue on: BLACK WOMEN IN POLITICS: MOVING FORWARD — NEW QUESTIONS, NEW DIRECTIONS … Continue reading

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Loving is as Loving Does

On June 12, 1967, in the case Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down Virginia’s anti-miscegenation law, thereby invalidating such laws across the country and allowing interracial couples across the nation to enter into legally recognized … Continue reading

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Fenton, “An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy”

Zanita Fenton (Miami) has published An Essay on Slavery’s Hidden Legacy: Social Hysteria and Structural Condonation of Incest, 55 Howard L.J. 319 (2012).  Here is the abstract: The history of slavery and its effects within the United States, especially the … Continue reading

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Angela Davis on Abortion Rights in Context

In February, Angela Davis spoke at the University of Kansas to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the protest by the campus group February Sisters that advocated for no-cost daycare, a women’s health and other facilities for women.  (For more on … Continue reading

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Gender, Race and the Judiciary @MSU Law Symposium

The first panel at the MSU Symposium on “Gender and the Legal Profession’s Pipeline to Power” is organized around the theme of “Gender, Race and the Judiciary.” Hannah Brenner (MSU) and Renee Knake (MSU) are presenting their work on gender … Continue reading

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Review of “The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law”

Anne Bloom (McGeorge) and Julie Davies (McGeorge) have published their review of Martha Chamallas & Jennifer Wriggins, The Measure of Injury: Race, Gender, and Tort Law (NYU Press, 2010).  The review appears at 61 J. Legal Ed. 495 (2012).  Here … Continue reading

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Women in the Media as in Society?

Despite the backlash following his “slut” and “prostitute” references about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, Rush Limbaugh continues to denigrate women.  More recently, he targeted Tracie McMillan, journalist and author of the book, The American Way of Eating, and stated, … Continue reading

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Robson on Judge Cebull’s Disgusting “Joke”

Ruthann Robson blogs here about Judge Richard Cebull (D. Montana) and his email “joke” about President Obama’s mother that accuses her of promiscuity, bestiality, as well as interracial sex. Judge Cebull self-reported his misdeeds for investigation by the Chief Justice of … Continue reading

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Barbara Walters Says Santorum is Correct About “Radical Feminism”

Newsbusters.org reprints (here) a portion of the transcript from Monday’s airing of the morning talk-show The View.  In one segment, Barbara Walters says she agrees with Rick Santorum that radical feminism is to blame for some women’s woes: BARBARA WALTERS: … Continue reading

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Franchesca Ramsey on “What Happens When You’re a Black Girl on the Internet”

Franchesca Ramsey is the creator and featured performer in the short video “Sh*t White Girls Say…to Black Girls” (itself a spoof on the viral”Sh*it Girls Say…” video).  Ms. Ramsey has her own blog (here) and a You Tube channel (here).  In … Continue reading

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“From Cleopatra Jones to First Lady Michelle Obama: Exploring Feminism in Film & Media”

The 14th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival will take place this coming weekend in Brooklyn, New York.  Here’s an overview: Reel Sisters Film Festival will screen more than 25 films directed, produced or written by women of … Continue reading

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“Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”

Black Women’s Blueprint has posted to Facebook (here) and its blog (here) this “Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”: We the undersigned women of African descent and anti-violence advocates, activists, scholars, organizational and spiritual leaders wish to address … Continue reading

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Their Eyes Were Watching God as a “Legal” Novel

The discussion on Dee Perry’s Around Noon [on September 19, 2011] was Zora Neal Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.   You can hear all of the show at the link above. The book is  a timeless classic that, in broad brush summary, is … Continue reading

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Redheads Need Not Apply

Cryos in Denmark claims (here) to have “the world’s largest selection of sperm donors.” According to this report in the (UK) Telegraph, Cryos no longer accepts donations from redheaded sperm donors. “There are too many redheads in relation to demand,” … Continue reading

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Dangerous Random Stereotypes of Presumed Difference and Sameness

Can people really not see that it might be racist to assert “free choice” to avoid sitting next to a black person on a public bus who, besides skin color, is much like the other riders, but it might not … Continue reading

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Hollywood, Historical Accuracy and the Civil Rights Era

Writer Martha Southgate reviews the novel-now-movie The Help for EW.com.  Here is an excerpt: Implicit in The Help and a number of other popular works that deal with the civil rights era is the notion that a white character is … Continue reading

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