Race: Creating a National Conversation
The O.J. Simpson trial and the Million Man March once again revealed not only the centrality of race, but its polarizing power. Public discourse is marked by recrimination and finger-pointing. Demagogic politicians and talk show hosts advance their agendas by playing what is called the “race card.” Crucial issues of equality and fairness are buried in media stereotypes. If race and the persistence of racism cannot be rationally discussed, the alternatives are ominous.
Recorded at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Lani Guinier is an expert on representation and voting rights law. She served as legal counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. In 1993 she was nominated by President Clinton to be Assistant Attorney General. After an orchestrated right-wing campaign to label her as a “quota queen,” Clinton withdrew the nomination. She teaches law at the University of Pennsylvania. Lani Guinier is a tenured professor at Harvard Law School, the first black woman to hold such a position.