Posts Tagged ‘Supreme Court’

Tim Wise at Indiana University School of Law: Racism and the Law: The Inadequacy of Color-Blind Jurisprudence

My February 2015 presentation at Indiana University School of Law, in which I discuss race, racism, and the inadequacy of modern “color-blind” jurisprudence when it comes to addressing institutional racial bias and discrimination. This is one of two presentations at IU during that Feb. visit, the second of which (to the larger campus and community) [...]

Sorry For His Family…Moving On: Brief Reflections on the Passing of Antonin Scalia

While I revel in the death of no one, I cannot abide the hagiographic nonsense that is presently being offered by persons across the spectrum about how recently departed Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was “passionate” and brilliant, ad infinitum. There is nothing brilliant about putrescence, nothing insightful and worthwhile about venality posing as insight. [...]

Historical Memory and the Implicit White Supremacy of American Conservatism

Sometimes racism isn’t about vicious bigotry and hatred towards those with different skin color than your own, let alone a willingness to walk into a church and massacre nine of those others because you think they’re “taking over your country.” Sometimes, racism is manifested in the subtle way a person can dismiss the lived experiences [...]

Feeling No Pain – America’s Deepening Culture of Indifference

A segment of a longer speech, delivered on September 22, 2011 at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. In this clip, I discuss the ways in which the U.S. political culture is becoming increasingly indifferent to suffering and injustice, whether in the criminal justice system, with regard to health care, war, bullying or any number of [...]

Reflections on a Fraud Supreme: Exposing the Absurdity of Judicial Conservatism

To paraphrase and slightly change an old saying: “It’s better to be thought a liar than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” It’s a maxim that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia should probably have heeded, given his majority opinion in the court’s decision this week, tossing out Washington D.C.’s ban on handguns. For [...]