286T sec. 1 - Race and American Law (Spring 2014)
Instructor: Ian F. Haney-López (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: W 6:25-9:05
Meeting Location: 107
Course Start: January 08, 2014
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49916
The entwined relationship between race and American law reaches back to the earliest colonial settlements in North America, which codified the transformation of unfree labor into race-based slavery and used law to excuse the seizure of Native American land. It also threatens to extend deep into the future. Today, the Supreme Court stands on the cusp of a new round of colorblind edicts that will make it all but impossible for democratic majorities or for private entities to use race-conscious means to address inequality, thereby ensuring the persistence of racial hierarchies. In addition to surveying this enormous field, Race and American Law has three goals: to promote a basic literacy in canonical race law cases; to emphasize how race has evolved since the civil rights era; and to study today’s dominant racial rhetoric.
The course emphasizes class participation. It overlaps only slightly with the instructor's Constitutional Law course and Critical Race Theory seminar, and may be taken concurrently with either.
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Instructor has indicated that no books will be assigned.