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Rights gone wrong : how law corrupts the struggle for equality / Richard Thompson Ford.

Author/creator Ford, Richard T. (Richard Thompson)
Format Book and Print
Edition1st ed.
Publication InfoNew York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
Description272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Entitlement and advantage -- Discriminating tastes -- The unintended consequences of the law -- Civil rights activism as therapy -- Righting rights.
Abstract Since the 1960s, ideas developed during the civil rights movement have been astonishingly successful in fighting overt discrimination and prejudice. But how successful are they at combating the whole spectrum of social injustice, including conditions that are not directly caused by bigotry? How do they stand up to segregation for instance, a legacy of racism, but not the direct result of ongoing discrimination? It is tempting to believe that civil rights litigation can combat these social ills as efficiently as it has fought blatant discrimination. In this work, the author of the book, The Race Card, argues that this is seldom the case. Civil rights do too much and not enough: opportunists use them to get a competitive edge in schools and job markets, while special interest groups use them to demand special privileges. Extremists on both the right and the left have hijacked civil rights for personal advantage. Worst of all, their theatrics have drawn attention away from more serious social injustices. The author, a professor of law at Stanford University, shows us the many ways in which civil rights can go terribly wrong. He examines newsworthy lawsuits with shrewdness and humor, proving that the distinction between civil rights and personal entitlements is often anything but clear. Finally, he reveals how many of today's social injustices actually can't be remedied by civil rights law, and demands more creative and nuanced solutions. In order to live up to the legacy of the civil rights movement, we must renew our commitment to civil rights, and move beyond them.
Abstract "How successful is civil rights law in battling social injustice?"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
LCCN 2011010705
ISBN9780374250355 (hardback)
ISBN0374250359 (hardback)

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