Equal protection doctrine has long ceased to be useful -- or even recognizable -- as a path to racial equality. Through its narrow definition of discriminatory intent and its use of colorblindness to invalidate affirmative action, equal protection has become a tool for entrenching racial caste, rather than dismantling it. In this seminar, we will explore how we might reimagine equal protection through discussion of dissenting opinions, critical legal scholarship, and other commentary. We will also discuss the role of civil rights statutes as a means for restoring its promise.
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