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Conclusion

The Third (New) Reconstruction in a Post-Racial Age

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 October 2022

Cedric Merlin Powell
Affiliation:
University of Louisville, Kentucky
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Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court: Rhetorical Neutrality and the Perpetuation of Inequality provides the first comprehensive Critical Race Theory critique of the United States Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts. Since being named to the Court in 2005, Chief Justice Roberts has maintained a position of neutrality in his opinions on race. By dissecting neutrality and how it functions as a unifying feature in all the Court’s race jurisprudence, this book illustrates the consequences of this ostensible impartiality. By examining the Court’s racial jurisprudence dating back to the Reconstruction, the book shows how the Court has actively rationalized systemic oppression through neutral rhetoric and the elevation of process-based decisional values, which are rooted in democratic myths of inclusivity and openness. Timely and trenchant, the book illustrates the permanence of racism and how neutrality must be rejected to achieve true empowerment and substantive equality.

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Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court
Rhetorical Neutrality and the Perpetuation of Inequality
, pp. 214 - 224
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Conclusion
  • Cedric Merlin Powell, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Book: Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court
  • Online publication: 27 October 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108878227.011
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  • Conclusion
  • Cedric Merlin Powell, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Book: Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court
  • Online publication: 27 October 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108878227.011
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  • Conclusion
  • Cedric Merlin Powell, University of Louisville, Kentucky
  • Book: Post-Racial Constitutionalism and the Roberts Court
  • Online publication: 27 October 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108878227.011
Available formats
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