Law and the Cultural Production of Race and Racialized Systems of Oppression

  title={Law and the Cultural Production of Race and Racialized Systems of Oppression},
  author={Rodney D. Coates},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  pages={329 - 351}
  • R. Coates
  • Published 1 November 2003
  • History, Law
  • American Behavioral Scientist
America, to the extent that it is a nation of laws, must be understood within the context of these laws. Unfortunately, these laws have not always conformed to the ideals associated with the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Through much of our history, the law has served to protect a racialized elite from competition from another racialized nonelite. Race and racialized sociopolitical systems of inequality have served to structure American society since its inception… 
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