Thursday, October 07, 2004

Ian Haney Lopez...

For my PHIL 4800 History of Anti-Racism class I'm reading three assigned chapters in Ian Haney Lopez's White by Law... Gonna have to track down the entire text (we only have photocopies), 'cuz it's flat-out riveting: "...the Supreme Court's elevation of 'common knowledge' as the legal meter of race convincingly demonstrates that racial categorization finds its origins in social practices." (The book traces the chronology and underlying pathology of the now largely forgotten "racial prerequisite" cases which dominated post-Civil War jurisprudence. From 1878 until 1952, when racial restrictions on naturalization were removed from law, fifty-two such cases were heard...)

No TLASILA thoughts this morning... Kinda absorbed in this other work.