Apr 20, 2021
Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights, and the Legal History of Racism in America
Posted by Robert A. Williams Jr.

Robert A Williams Jr boldly exposes the ongoing legal force of the racist language directed at Indians in American society Fueled by well known negative racial stereotypes of Indian savagery and cultural inferiority, this language, Williams contends, has functioned like a loaded weapon in the Supreme Court s Indian law decisions Beginning with Chief Justice John MarsRobert A Williams Jr boldly exposes the ongoing legal force of the racist language directed at Indians in American society Fueled by well known negative racial stereotypes of Indian savagery and cultural inferiority, this language, Williams contends, has functioned like a loaded weapon in the Supreme Court s Indian law decisions Beginning with Chief Justice John Marshall s foundational opinions in the early nineteenth century and continuing today in the judgments of the Rehnquist Court, Williams shows how undeniably racist language and precedent are still used in Indian law to justify the denial of important rights of property, self government, and cultural survival to Indians Building on the insights of Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, and Frantz Fanon, Williams argues that racist language has been employed by the courts to legalize a uniquely American form of racial dictatorship over Indian tribes by the U.S government Williams concludes with a revolutionary proposal for reimagining the rights of American Indians in international law, as well as strategies for compelling the current Supreme Court to confront the racist origins of Indian law and for challenging bigoted ways of talking, thinking, and writing about American Indians Robert A Williams Jr is professor of law and American Indian studies at the James E Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona A member of the Lumbee Indian Tribe, he is author of T

  • Title: Like a Loaded Weapon: The Rehnquist Court, Indian Rights, and the Legal History of Racism in America
  • Author: Robert A. Williams Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780816647101
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • Like a Loaded Weapon The Rehnquist Court Indian Rights and the Legal History of Racism in America Robert A Williams Jr boldly exposes the ongoing legal force of the racist language directed at Indians in American society Fueled by well known negative racial stereotypes of Indian savagery and cultu

    Lord Miller

    Robert Williams is great social legal scholar who highlights in this book the implicit stereotypical undertones found in America s founding documents and the explicit racist overtones, particularly in the recent Rehnquist Court and its numerous holdings, which has the cultural effect of propagating and legitimizing this type of thinking Williams covers the doctrine of discovery and Congress plenary powers that when used in combination formed a synergistic legal wedge to disenfranchise indigenous [...]



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