Unconscious Racism, Social Cognition Theory, and the Legal Intent Doctrine: The Neuron Fires Next Time

  title={Unconscious Racism, Social Cognition Theory, and the Legal Intent Doctrine: The Neuron Fires Next Time},
  author={David T. Wellman},
In certain periods of American history, the law has been an effective weapon for dismantling racial apartheid. Responding to black peoples’ demands for racial justice between 1954 and 1971, for example, Congress and the courts righted the wrongs of Jim Crow practices like segregated schools, second-class citizenship, and employment discrimination. In 1954, the Supreme Court decided that the legal doctrine of “separate but equal” was neither and therefore unconstitutional (Brown v. Board of… 

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