Category Archives: Race and Racism

We, The Jury: Why Aren’t There Jury Impeachment Appeals Alleging Juror Sexism?

Federal Rule of Evidence 606(b)  precludes jurors from impeaching their verdicts after trial through testimony concerning anything internal to the jury deliberation process.  Accordingly, jurors can’t invalidate their verdicts by testifying after trial that jurors (a) misunderstood jury instructions (even … Continue reading

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Lolita Buckner Inniss, “On Being a Black Woman Lawyer (Or, The Sound of Silence)”

Read her essay by this title here. It begins: There are right now two lawsuits being prosecuted by black women lawyers that are quietly making their way around the Internet. A little too quietly for my taste. …

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Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium: Gender on the Frontiers: Confronting Intersectionalities

April 10, 2009       9:30 am – 5 pm Room 107 Jerome Greene Hall Columbia Law School Women Crossing Borders, 9:30 am Soraya Fata, Staff Attorney, Legal Momentum Sharmila Lodhia, Post-doctoral Fellow, Santa Clara University Jenni Milbank, Professor … Continue reading

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“The leader of the South Carolina Senate says he’s closing the Confederate gift shop he and his brother have operated in the Charleston area for 20 years.”

About freaking time: Senate President Pro Tem Glenn McConnell told the Post and Courier of Charleston that the gift market is changing for everyone. McConnell says he and his brother Sam, plan to close the CSA Galleries in North Charleston, … Continue reading

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Rutgers Symposium, “The Gender Dimensions of Terrorism: How Terrorism Impacts the Lives of Women”

This announcement from Feminist Law Prof Suzanne Kim: On March 6, 2009, the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the nation’s first legal  journal devoted to gender rights, will hold a symposium exploring the  intersections of gender and terrorism entitled “The Gender … Continue reading

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“The Strong Black Woman is Dead”

An illustrated poem by Laini Mataka: Via Womanist Musings, where the full text of the poem is also available.

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“Eliminating Racism: International Human Rights and the African American Community” – A Webinar Happening Thursday, February 12, 2009 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

September 7, 2001 saw the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, one of the most remarkable international agreement to address the problem of racism and racial discrimination. The enormous potential of the document was overshadowed by several … Continue reading

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Law School Grade Reform – Not So Fast

Many of Columbia’s peer schools have recently undertaken reforms in their grading systems.   Harvard and Stanford have moved in the direction of Yale’s system – three passing grades (1: Honors/High Pass, 2: Pass and 3: Restricted Credit/Low Pass) and … Continue reading

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43 Alaskan Native Americans File Suit Against Jesuits for Rape, Sexual Assault

Heart has the story here.

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Yolanda Young, “What Eric Holder’s Tenure at Covington & Burling Says About Blacks and BigLaw”

Op-Ed here at the HuffPo.

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“He Is (Or, We Are)”

Professor Lolita Buckner Inniss on the inauguration of President Obama.

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“Report Describes Concerns Over Treatment of Detained Women Immigrants”

Head on over to Our Bodies, Our Blog to read the post with this title. It highlights a report concerning the treatment of women held in immigration detention centers in Arizona.

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”Good Hair”

Read about Chris Rock’s new documentary by this name here, at the NYT. Below is an excerpt: While loaded with the 43-year-old actor-comedian’s wisecracking humor, ”Good Hair” also raises serious questions about identity and equality among black women who feel … Continue reading

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“The Meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday” by Coretta Scott King

From The King Center web site: The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebrates the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America. We commemorate as well the timeless values he taught us through his example … Continue reading

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What Tami Said!

What Tami Said blog author Tamara Winfrey Harris has an interesting and provocative column here. Below is a short excerpt: Americans tout our egalitarian democracy to the world: anyone can be president, we say. But some of us know this … Continue reading

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The Kitchen Table: A Blog About “Race, Politics, Religion, Popular Culture”

It’s pretty engaging! Informative and geeky, as you might expect from two academics, but also very amusing at times. Some posts are quite provocative, so if the prospect of reading opinions you strongly disagree with is alarming,   it’s not … Continue reading

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Aborting Culture

Khiara Bridges is the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School fellow at Columbia Law School who has just completed her PhD in Columbia’s Anthropology Department studying the intersection of race, poverty, and gender through the experience of women in an … Continue reading

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Siddharth Kara, “Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery”

From the publisher’s website: Every year, millions of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, made to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. Generating huge profits for their exploiters, sex slaves … Continue reading

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Another Case for the Tee Shirt Law Course

Per Yahoo News: An airline passenger forced to cover his T-shirt because it displayed Arabic script has been awarded 240,000 dollars in compensation, campaigners said Monday. Raed Jarrar received the pay out on Friday from two US Transportation Security Authority … Continue reading

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The South Carolina Star Chamber – Whites Only Division

So here in Columbia SC there are still “whites only” organizations, and one of them is the Forest Lake Country Club. The local newspaper reported: The nearly 80-year-old Forest Lake Club : whose deed has a whites-only restriction : has … Continue reading

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Black Woman Walking: A Documentary By Tracey Rose

Via What About Our Daughters.

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Thoughts on Her Body, My Baby – the Racial Implications of Surrogacy

Khiara Bridges is the Center for Reproductive Rights/Columbia Law School fellow at Columbia Law School who has just completed her PhD in Columbia’s Anthropology Department studying the intersection of race, poverty, and gender through the experience of women in an … Continue reading

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“A video conversation with civil rights leaders”

Featuring the fabulous Veronica Arreola! Here at this site, which notes: In the aftermath of President-elect Barack Obama’s historic win, many commentators have said it will take time to understand the full significance of his ascendance to the presidency. To … Continue reading

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CFP: Women, Incarceration and Human Rights, February 27-28, Atlanta, GA

From the FLP mailbox, this notice of yet another great workshop being convened by Martha Fineman and the Feminism and Legal Theory Project at Emory Law School: From 1995 – 2006, the number of incarcerated women in the United States … Continue reading

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Hip Hop, Capitalism, and Taking Back the Music

I read with great interest Jonah Weiner’s recent Slate article decrying the absence of women in hip hop music. After providing a compelling (if not, in my opinion, entirely accurate) history of women in the genre, he explains the reasons … Continue reading

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“Exploiting People, Stereotypes Is Not Exactly Sexy”

That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading

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“Afropublicrats and a More Perfect Love (Or, Living Wrong and Voting Right)”

Read the new post by this title by Lolita Buckner Inniss here.

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New Blog: On Being A Black Lawyer

Text of post adapted from a promotional e-mail: Yolanda Young has launched the blog www.onbeingablacklawyer.com. You might remember her as the former Covington & Burling staff attorney who chronicled her experience as a minority attorney there in The Huffington Post … Continue reading

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Speechless.

This.

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Brand New Blog by Lolita Buckner Inniss: “Ain’t I a Feminist Legal Scholar Too?”

Find it here!

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What Will Whiteness Mean in the Obama Years?

Two interesting essays: This one (from whence I borrowed the title for this post) at Diary of an Anxious Black Woman, and this one, entitled Propositioning Privilege, at WoC PhD. –Ann Bartow

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Early morning after: ballot initiatives and progressive House candidates

Since you write the blog you want to read, I decided to concentrate last night on the ballot initiatives and down ballot races that I thought progressives would be most interested in.   What strikes me the morning after is … Continue reading

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DEFINE THIS! 2nd Annual Women of Color Conference in Greensboro, NC on November 14th & 15th, 2008

The Feminist Majority Foundation is proud to partner with Bennett College for Women to bring you DEFINE THIS! 2nd Annual Women of Color Conference in Greensboro, NC on November 14th & 15th, 2008. This two-day conference goes beyond awareness-raising and … Continue reading

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New Study Documents Sharp Rise in Pregnancy Discrimination Complaints, Driven by Discrimination Against Women of Color

From The National Partnership for Women & Families: In 2007, working women in the United States filed 65 percent more complaints of pregnancy discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) than they filed in 1992. A sampling of these … Continue reading

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Leonard M. Baynes, “White Women in Peril on Broadcast and Cable Television News”

The abstract: It has been approximately forty years since the U.S. Supreme Court found the Fairness Doctrine constitutional and approximately twenty years since the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) eliminated it. The Fairness Doctrine provided that the broadcasters were required … Continue reading

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“Number of women, minority attorneys at big firms ticks up : but not in partnership ranks”

The National Law Journal Reports: The number of women and minority attorneys at major U.S. law firms is creeping up, but those groups remain significantly underrepresented in the partner ranks. That finding comes from a new report by the National … Continue reading

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The Howard University School of Law Will Host Fifth Annual Wiley A. Branton Symposium On October 24, 2008

Program-at-a-glance here. Additional information here. Via Okianer Christian Dark.

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Racism in the ways HIV is linked to Africa

Explained here, at Diary of An Anxious Black Woman.

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Girls! Girls! Girls! Bitch Magazine’s “Feminist Response To Pop Culture” Is To Co-Sponsor A Strip Show With Hustler

Read about it here. And just click on the Hustler logo if you are in the market for hardcore porn such as Larry Flynt’s “Barely Legal” line that delightfully features women who look like children, or some of the charming … Continue reading

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Anthony V. Alfieri, “Prosecuting the Jena Six”

Available here. These are the first two sentences: This Essay explores the racial norms animating the prosecution of the Jena Six in LaSalle Parish, Louisiana, a set of norms I will call Jim Crow legal ethics. By Jim Crow legal … Continue reading

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“The measure that would have preserved affirmative action programs in Colorado will not be on the November ballot.”

From the Feminist Daily News: The measure, Initiative 82, would have preserved affirmative action programs that are threatened by Amendment 46, which has been cleared for the ballot. The disqualified initiative fell about 8,000 signatures short of the number required. … Continue reading

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A shock to one’s conscious

The WaPo reports: As the country rapidly diversifies, Republicans are presenting a convention that is almost entirely white. Only 36 of the 2,380 delegates seated on the convention floor are black, the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political … Continue reading

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“Arizona Affirmative Action Ban will not be on November Ballot”

From the Feminist Daily News: An anti-affirmative action ballot measure in Arizona will not be on the November ballot. The measure was decertified based on the signatures collected, but its decertification was challenged last week. A lawsuit to restore the … Continue reading

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“Hamer’s Convention”

Interesting and moving post by this name at The Legal History Blog about Fannie Lou Hamer’s challenge to the seating of Mississippi’s all-white Democratic delegation at the 1964 DNC. –Ann Bartow

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Wow.

This.

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“The Cognitive Costs of Interracial Interactions”

Provocative links and analysis here at the Situationist.

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Report Released on Affirmative Action in Public Discourse

From the Feminist Daily News: A new report analyzes the impact media has in framing the current affirmative action debates and generally concludes that media portrayals are often biased and misinformed. The report was released by The Opportunity Agenda and … Continue reading

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Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy, “The Black Acedemic’s Guide for Winning Tenure – Without Losing Your Soul”

From Inside Higher Ed: In The Black Academic’s Guide to Winning Tenure : Without Losing Your Soul (Lynne Rienner), Kerry Ann Rockquemore and Tracey Laszloffy offer both empathy and”to do”lists for African American scholars seeking tenure : as well as … Continue reading

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Whoa.

This. Not sure what I can productively add. See also. –Ann Bartow

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Isaac Royall and Janet Halley

Because Al Brophy is both incredibly cool, and also a good friend, I think he will let me get away with pirating this post: This morning’s CLIP service brings news that Janet Halley’s talk on becoming the Royall Chair at … Continue reading

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