Law Unbound!: A Richard Delgado Reader

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-06-15
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book offers the best and most influential writings of Richard Delgado, one of the founding figures of the critical race theory movement and one of the earliest scholars to address the harms of hate speech. With excerpts from his classic law review articles, conversations with his famous alter ego Rodrigo Crenshaw, and comments on the vicissitudes of academic life, this book spans topics such as hate speech, affirmative action, the war on terror, the endangered status of black men, and the place of Latinos in the civil rights equation.

Author Biography

Richard Delgado is University Distinguished Professor and Derrick Bell Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Narrative and Legal Storytellingp. 1
Storytelling for Oppositionists and Others: A Plea for Narrativep. 3
Rodrigo's Chroniclep. 20
Rodrigo's Third Chronicle: Care, Competition, and the Redemptive Tragedy of Racep. 34
Rodrigo's Final Chronicle: Cultural Power, the Law Reviews, and the Attack on Narrative Jurisprudencep. 52
Rodrigo's Eleventh Chronicle: Empathy and False Empathyp. 69
Critical Theoryp. 91
The Racial Double Helix: Watson, Crick, and Brown v. Board of Educationp. 93
Rodrigo's Fourth Chronicle: Neutrality and Stasis in Antidiscrimination Lawp. 101
Rodrigo's Eighth Chronicle: Black Crime, White Fears-On the Social Construction of Threatp. 117
Rodrigo's Ninth Chronicle: Race, Legal Instrumentalism, and the Rule of Lawp. 137
Linking Arms: Interracial Coalition as an Avenue of Social Reformp. 154
Law, Legal Education, and the Legal Professionp. 165
The Imperial Scholar: Reflections on a Review of Civil Rights Literaturep. 167
Rodrigo's Thirteenth Chronicle: Legal Formalism and Law's Discontentsp. 175
Official Elitism or Institutional Self-Interest? Ten Reasons Why Law Schools Should Abandon the LSATp. 197
Hate Speechp. 209
Words That Wound: A Tort Action for Racial Insults, Epithets, and Name-Callingp. 211
The "More Speech" Solution: Can Free Expression Remedy Systemic Social Ills?p. 217
Campus Antiracism Rules: Constitutional Narratives in Collisionp. 225
Toward a Legal Realist View of the First Amendmentp. 234
Law Reformp. 241
The Social Construction of Brown v. Board of Education: Law Reform and the Reconstructive Paradoxp. 243
Joseph Sax, the Public Trust Theory of Environmental Protection, and Some Dark Thoughts on the Possibility of Law Reformp. 253
On Taking Back Our Civil Rights Promises: When Equality Doesn't Computep. 258
Rodrigo's Sixth Chronicle: Intersections, Essences, and the Dilemma of Social Reformp. 262
Latinos and Other Nonblack Minoritiesp. 283
Rodrigo's Fifteenth Chronicle: Racial Mixture, Latino-Critical Scholarship, and the Black-White Binaryp. 285
Derrick Bell's Toolkit: Fit to Dismantle That Famous House?p. 296
Politics and Critiquep. 307
Shadowboxing: An Essay on Powerp. 309
Rodrigo's Seventh Chronicle: Race, Democracy, and the Statep. 314
Rodrigo's Remonstrance: Love and Despair in an Age of Indifferencep. 327
Rodrigo's Roadmap: Is the Marketplace Theory for Eradicating Discrimination a Blind Alley?p. 338
Zero-Based Racial Politics: An Evaluation of Three Best-Case Arguments on Behalf of the Nonwhite Underclassp. 356
Affirmative Actionp. 363
1998 Hugo L. Black Lecture: Ten Arguments against Affirmative Action-How Valid?p. 365
Rodrigo's Tenth Chronicle: Merit and Affirmative Actionp. 375
Annotated Bibliographyp. 397
Indexp. 419
About the Author and Editorsp. 431
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