Racial Justice Through Law
Racial inequality pervades American life. Race related controversies arise with depressing regularity. This, more than half a century after the Supreme Court¿s landmark decision in Brown v Board of Education, after landmark federal civil rights legislation, and at a time when many Americans profess to be colorblind. This course will examine why and how racial injustice persists, and the role of law in furthering or impeding the cause of racial justice. These questions will be explored across a variety of settings, including criminal justice, college admissions, political participation, primary/secondary education, employment, housing, hate speech, and the formation of family relationships. The class will employ a discussion based approach in which student participation is essential. Elements used in grading: Exam, class participation.