Monday, May 2, 2022

From the Bookshelves: Critical Race Judgments (Cambridge University Press, April 2022)


In April, Cambridge University Press published Critical Race Judgments.  The volume is edited by Bennett Capers, Devon W. Carbado, R. A. Lenhardt, and Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Here is the publisher's description of the book:

"By re-writing US Supreme Court opinions that implicate critical dimensions of racial justice, Critical Race Judgments demonstrates that it's possible to be judge and a critical race theorist. Specific issues covered in these cases include the death penalty, employment, voting, policing, education, the environment, justice, housing, immigration, sexual orientation, segregation, and mass incarceration. While some rewritten cases – Plessy v. Ferguson (which constitutionalized Jim Crow) and Korematsu v. United States (which constitutionalized internment) – originally focused on race, many of the rewritten opinions – Lawrence v. Texas (which constitutionalized sodomy laws) and Roe v. Wade (which constitutionalized a woman's right to choose) – are used to incorporate racial justice principles in novel and important ways. This work is essential for everyone who needs to understand why critical race theory must be deployed in constitutional law to uphold and advance racial justice principles that are foundational to US democracy."

Although many of the rewritten decisions touch on immigrant communities, several focus directly on immigration law and policy, including

Arizona v. United States by Kevin Johnson

Chae Chan Ping v. United States by Rose Cuison-Villazor

Reno v. Flores by Jennifer Chacón


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