Category Archives: Race and Racism

The Examined Life at Age 8 or 98: Dorothy Height Rest in Peace

The New York Times reported today that Dorothy Height, Activist, Educator, Civil Rights Leader, and quintessential black feminist, has died at the age of 98. You can read the NYT obituary of Dorothy Height here. Miss Height (and she was … Continue reading

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Kimberle Crenshaw at Thomas Jefferson Law School Women and Law Conference

I’d like to invite readers to attend the 2010 Women and the Law Conference at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. This event, our Tenth Annual Women and Law conference, will examine the past, present and future of intersectionality. Speakers will discuss … Continue reading

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Latoya Peterson originally wanted to title the post: “All The Women Are Still White, All The Blacks Are Still Men, But Some Of Us Are Tired of Being Brave and Want to Kick Someone’s Ass.”

Read it here. Peterson co-authored it with Thea Lim and there is a lot there to think about, that really needs to be thought about. –Ann Bartow

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What is Race, Anyway?

Before I begin, let me announce in advance: even as a progressive, Race and the Law teaching, feminist black woman, I DO have a sense of humor about race, gender and other matters of identity.   Really.   I’ve even … Continue reading

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What Is Race, Anyway?

The Root is hosting a slide show (here) entitled,”The Blackest White Folks We Know.”   Here’s the lede: Race relations have gotten a little crazy lately. An all-white basketball league? Seriously? Then there’s Rod Blagojevich, declaring that he’s”blacker than Obama.”The … Continue reading

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The Courage of Her Evictions (Or, Working on a Night Move)

A recent  New York Times article on eviction and low-income black women offered the following: “New research is showing that eviction is a particular burden on low-income black women, often single mothers, who have an easier time renting apartments than … Continue reading

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Jennifer Baszile’s”The Black Girl Next Door”

Historiann has a review here. Interview with Jennifer Baszile (including readings from the book) here: –Ann Bartow

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Disney’s ‘The Princess and the Frog': Ain’t Nothing Going on but the Rent (or, That Old Black Magic)

Over the recent holidays I went with my family to see the Disney filmThe Princess and the Frog. As many of you know, it features a character who has been billed as Disney’s “first black princess,” Tiana. My whole household … Continue reading

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When Invisible, Addicted and Ill Women Disappear: A Cry for Cleveland

I grew up 2-1/2 miles from the place in Cleveland, Ohio where the police found the decomposing bodies of 11 women.  The victims whose bodies have been identified so far are Nancy Cobbs, Tishana Culver, Telacia Fortson and Tonia Carmichael. … Continue reading

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Pruitt on Latina/os, Locality, and the Law in the Rural South

Feminist Law Prof Lisa Pruitt (UC Davis) has published her essay Latina/os, Locality, and Law in the Rural South,  at 12 Harv. Latino L. Rev. 135-169 (2009).  Here is the abstract: In this era of municipal anti-immigrant ordinances and federal-local … Continue reading

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A U.S. District Judge ruled that school officials in Dillon County, South Carolina had acted reasonably in compelling a teenage student to not wear clothing with images of the Confederate flag.

From here: U.S. District Court Judge Terry Wooten has decided in favor of Dillon School District 3 in Latta in a 2006 lawsuit involving clothing bearing the Confederate flag, Superintendent Dr. John Kirby said. On March 30, 2006, the Southern … Continue reading

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“The study found that women were far more likely to suffer minimum wage violations than men, with the highest prevalence among women who were illegal immigrants. Among American-born workers, African-Americans had a violation rate nearly triple that for whites.”

Those are two utterly unsurprising sentences from this depressing NYT article about how often low wage workers are cheated by their employers. –Ann Bartow

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In Which the NYT Notices the Politics of Black Women’s Hair

It’s news at the NY Times this week, even if it’s not news to those who have been living these conversations for generations.  In “Black Hair: Still Tangled in Politics,” reporter Catherine Saint Louis frames the discussion this way: “For … Continue reading

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Masculine, Feminine, or Human? (or Private Parts)

In a previous blog I wrote about horsey feminism and concern with a female horse winning a major horse race. (see Bully for You, Filly For Me). In that entry I discussed the disquieting effect of anthropomorphism that brings biology-as-social-destiny … Continue reading

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Two Wrongs Don’t Make it Right: Court of Appeals of Mississippi Drags Feet on Recognizing Combined Race-Gender Groups as Groups Deserving Discrete Protection Under Batson

In Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S.79 (1986), the Supreme Court declared that racial discrimination through the use of peremptory challenges is prohibited. In J.E.B. v. Alabama ex rel. T.B., 511 U.S. 127 (1994), the Court found that gender discrimination through … Continue reading

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Marie Claire magazine is featuring an article entitled “The New Trophy Wives: Asian Women”

Written by a woman named Ying Chu and accessible online here, the theme of the piece is reflected in its final sentence: “Asian women dating white men may never really know if it’s a fetish thing.” There are a lot … Continue reading

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Frank Rudy Cooper, “Race and Essentialism in Gloria Steinem”

The abstract: This short essay was solicited for the 20th Anniversary Critical Race Theory Workshop in 2009. It celebrates Angela Harris’s trail blazing essay, Race and Essentialism in Feminist Legal Theory. Harris argues against essentialism, which is the idea that … Continue reading

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God Wears a Toga in My Dreams

What is it about fashion designers and bondage?  The ad campaign for “Elohim by  Sabrina Goh” is both incomprehensible and entirely familiar (women in chains, bound legs, etc.).  According to her website, Goh is a self-described “Malaysian born, Singapore based … Continue reading

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Maybe Lucia Whalen should also get a beer?

Caller in Gates Case Says She Didn’t Mention Race By KATIE ZEZIMA CAMBRIDGE, Mass. : Lucia Whalen, whose 911 call led to the arrest of the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. at his home, made her first public comments … Continue reading

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Frank Rudy Cooper on “Race and Essentialism in Gloria Steinem”

Feminist Law Prof Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk) has posted to SSRN his essay, “Race and Essentialism in Gloria Steinem.”  Here is the abstract: This short essay was solicited for the 20th Anniversary Critical Race Theory Workshop in 2009. It celebrates … Continue reading

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“Making Space for Indigenous Feminism”

I stumbled upon  Making Space for Indigenous Feminism, a  2007 book edited by Professor Joyce Green (Political Science, University of Regina).  It is a collection of essays  by Indigenous women from Canada, the USA, Sapmi (Samiland), and Aotearoa/New Zealand. In … Continue reading

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Lani Guinier and Susan Sturm, “Trial by Firefighters”

From the NYT: STANDING on the steps of the federal courthouse in New Haven, the lawyer Karen Torre reveled in her clients’ victory in a recent case before the Supreme Court. She anointed her clients : the white firefighters who … Continue reading

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A Feminist Legal History of U.S. Patriotism

To mark the July 4 holiday, I’m reading a book by Francesca Morgan (History, Northeastern Illinois University). In  Women and Patriotism in Jim Crow America (UNC Press 2005), Morgan details the activities of these women’s volunteer organizations founded after the … Continue reading

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Nixon Supported Abortions to Prevent Racial Mixing

Whoa.  The New York Times reports here on the contents of the Nixon-Whitehouse tapes released yesterday by the National Archives.  One recording (audio file here) captured Nixon’s reflections on  Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973, the day the Supreme … Continue reading

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White People’s”Baby Daddy”

When speakers use the phrases”baby daddy”and”baby mama”in non-colloquial contexts, do they mock African-Americans or do they embrace one way that the American vocabulary has been enriched by the contributions of African-Americans?  Both?  Neither? These phrases seem to pop up everywhere. … Continue reading

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In Memory of Stephen T. Johns

Yesterday security guard Stephen T. Johns was killed at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.   The suspected shooter was James W. von Brunn, an 88 year-old man.     According to news reports (e.g., here): Von Brunn is said … Continue reading

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All Latinas are not Mexican

A cartoonist at the Oklahoma City newspaper The Oklahoman  responds to criticism of his drawing of Judge Sotomayor as a  pinata  to be struck by waiting GOP elephants. The cartoon by Chip Bok of Creators Syndicate ran in The Oklahoman … Continue reading

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Sonia Sotomayor’s Personal History: Why It Matters

There has been much made of Sonia Sotomayor’s life, her Puerto Rican background, her modest, if not poor, childhood, her mother, what her Latina-ness means to her, her involvement in civil rights organizations, etc.   It’s both a big part … Continue reading

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“… women still account, on average, for fewer than one in five big-firm partners.”

From The American Lawyer: … Looking specifically at gender diversity, our analysis found that women made up 34 percent of lawyers at the firms we surveyed: 45 percent of nonpartners and 19 percent of partners. It’s a respectable but not … Continue reading

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Darren Hutchinson Takes Down Jeffrey Rosen’s Article About Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Here. Bravo Darren! See also Historiann’s take on the article.

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Gender, Race and Stereotype Threat: Study finds California’s high school exit exam is keeping disproportionate numbers of girls and non-whites from graduating, even when they are just as capable as white boys on every other measure.

From the LA Times: California’s high school exit exam is keeping disproportionate numbers of girls and non-whites from graduating, even when they are just as capable as white boys, according to a study released Tuesday. It also found that the … Continue reading

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Mark Anthony Neal on HBCUs

Here at his blog, NewBlackMan. Via Anxious Black Woman.

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Unveiling the Bronze Bust of Truth

From the Feminist Daily News Wire: Michelle Obama unveiled a bust of Sojourner Truth, known for her abolitionist and women’s rights work, at the US Capitol yesterday. Truth’s statue is the first of an African-American woman in the Capitol. The … Continue reading

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Law Professor Annette Gordon-Reed (NYLS) Wins Pulitzer

From the NYT list of winners: HISTORY:”The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,”by Annette Gordon-Reed: A painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson.” … Continue reading

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“The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: The Many Facets of Raced and Gendered Tele-Identity (Or, Nemos, Nomos and Narrative)”

New post by Feminist Law Prof Lolita Buchner Inniss, here.

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“American Violet”

From the movie website: Based on true events during the 2000 election, AMERICAN VIOLET tells the astonishing story of Dee Roberts (critically hailed newcomer Nicole Beharie), a 24 year-old African American single mother of four young girls living in a … Continue reading

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Miley Cyrus: A”Little White”What?!

According to People Magazine (here), Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx expressed some pretty negative opinions about various female performers on his Sirius radio show, advising actor Miley Cyrus to “make a sex tape and grow up. Get like Britney Spears and … Continue reading

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Schick Outdoes Itself

Now public hair is racialized as well as pornified. (For a prior ad, see this post by Bridget): –Ann Bartow

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Racial Stereotyping For Jeebus

This is so over the top in terms of the way it portrays race, you’d think (and desperately hope) it was satire, but it probably wasn’t intended to be. Instead, chances are the creators thought they were being open minded … Continue reading

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Texas State Rep. Betty Brown, when talking about the Voter ID bill proposed in the Texas Legislature, suggested the Asian community adopt names that are “easier for Americans to deal with”

Watch it here: The critical interval begins 3:20 in but the whole thing is compelling in its own disturbing way. –Ann Bartow

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Race, gender, customer preferences and BFOQs

In Pleener v. NYC Board of Education, ___F.3d___ (2d Cir. Feb. 24, 2009), the Second Circuit affirmed that   an employer may never make an employment decision based upon the preferences of clients or customers, because race is never a … Continue reading

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Race, Gender, and the Recent Presidential Election

Over at What Tami Said is a post that discusses the tensions among feminists that arose during the Democratic primary, which is followed by a fairly pitched discussion in the comments section. In some ways it was hard to read, … Continue reading

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Nine Children, Nine Mothers, One Father: Why Isn’t He the Novem-Dad?

The  media dubbed Nadya Suleman the “octo-mom,” but noone calls Travis Henry  the “novem-dad.”   The former NFL running back has fathered nine children with nine different women in six years (see NY Times story here). He is engaged to … Continue reading

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Octomom: Social Factoring the Numbers (Or, LCD meets OCD)

In recent weeks the airwaves have sizzled with stories about Nadya Suleman, the California woman who gave birth to octuplets conceived via assisted reproductive technology. In doing so, Suleman breached numerous mainstream social norms of motherhood. First and foremost, in … Continue reading

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Note that it happened in NORTH Carolina…

This. Oy. –Ann Bartow

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“Jaded”

That’s the name of this post at What Tami Said, a blog I like a lot. Tami is a talented writer and her posts are always interesting. Here’s a short except from “Jaded“: Women’s equality, I think, is best achieved–not … Continue reading

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The first all-female, all African American crew to operate a commercial flight:

(From top, left) Captain Rachelle Jones, First Officer Stephanie Grant and flight attendants Diana Galloway and Robin Rogers. The AFL-CIO NOW blog reports: Last month, when first officer Stephanie Grant of Atlantic Southeast Airlines got the call to replace the … Continue reading

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Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class & Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction

Lolita Buckner Inniss (Cleveland-Marshall, Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar, Too?, Visiting Prof at Pace Law School) and I have posted to SSRN our working paper, Multiple Anxieties: Breaching Race, Class and Gender Norms With Assisted Reproduction.  Here is the … Continue reading

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SPEAK! THE WOMEN OF COLOR MEDIA COLLECTIVE HAS RELEASED A SELF-TITLED DEBUT CD

Information here.

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Is Kaiser trying to encourage Spanish speaking women to get tubal ligations more assertively than English speakers?

It sure looks that way. Read this.

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