A Word of Trouble

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A hypothetical: A reporter is going to interview Professor Randall Kennedy. The reporter says to a group of coworkers: “That is one righteous nigger.” A colleague complains. The reporter, whose intent was to compliment the professor, is fired for using grossly offensive language.

CJI Hosts Two Conferences

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Civil rights activists, law enforcement officials, and legal experts came together at HLS in December for “Race, Police, and the Community,” a three-day conference sponsored by the Criminal Justice Institute. Among the panelists were Professor Charles Ogletree Jr. ’78, director of CJI; Deborah Ramirez ’81, professor, Northeastern University School of Law; the Reverend Al Sharpton […]

The Bill of Wrongs

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The word leaps off the page. It is unmistakable, unavoidable. Nigger. In Bryonn Bain’s view, the word still resonates in the heart and soul of the institutional powers in America. The word and all it conveys became manifest after he was arrested in his native New York City and held overnight for a crime he […]

A New Kind of Legal Aid Office

Joel Feldman’s four-attorney private legal aid office in Springfeld, Mass., recently sued a rental agency that was coding its listing sheets to identify landlords who didn’t want to rent to Blacks and Hispanics.