Words That Wound / Edition 1

Words That Wound / Edition 1

by Mari J Matsuda, Charles R. Lawrence III, Richard Delgado, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813384281

ISBN-13: 9780813384283

Pub. Date: 05/01/1993

Publisher: Westview Press


Words, like sticks and stones, can assault; they can injure; they can exclude. In this important book, four prominent legal scholars from the tradition of critical race theory draw on the experience of injury from racist hate speech to develop a first amendment interpretation that recognizes such injuries. In their critique of “first amendment…  See more details below

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Words, like sticks and stones, can assault; they can injure; they can exclude. In this important book, four prominent legal scholars from the tradition of critical race theory draw on the experience of injury from racist hate speech to develop a first amendment interpretation that recognizes such injuries. In their critique of “first amendment orthodoxy,” the authors argue that only a history of racism can explain why defamation, invasion of privacy, and fraud are exempt from free-speech guarantees while racist and sexist verbal assaults are not.The rising tide of verbal violence on college campuses has increased the intensity of the “hate speech” debate. This book demonstrates how critical race theory can be brought to bear against both conservative and liberal ideology to motivate a responsible regulation of hate speech. The impact of feminist theory is also evident throughout. The authors have provided a rare and powerful example of the application of critical theory to a real-life problem.This timely and necessary book will be essential reading for those experiencing the conflicts of free-speech issues on campus—students, faculty, administrators, and legislators—as well as for scholars of jurisprudence. It will also be a valuable classroom tool for teachers in political science, sociology, law, education, ethnic studies, and women’s studies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813384283
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
05/01/1993
Series:
New Perspectives on Law, Culture and Society Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
172
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Public Response to Racist Speech: Considering the Victim's Story17
3If He Hollers Let Him Go: Regulating Racist Speech on Campus53
4Words That Wound: A Tort Action for Racial Insults, Epithets, and Name Calling89
5Beyond Racism and Misogyny: Black Feminism and 2 Live Crew111
6Epilogue: Burning Crosses and the R.A.V Case133
Notes137
Bibliography147
About the Book and Authors153
Index155

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