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Words That Wound

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ISBN13: 9780813384283
ISBN: 0813384281
Published: July 1995
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Format: Paperback
Price: £28.99



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Words, like sticks and stones, can assault; they can injure; they can exclude. In this important book, four prominent legal scholars from the tradition of critical race theory draw on the experience of injury from racist hate speech to develop a first amendment interpretation that recognizes such injuries. In their critique of first amendment orthodoxy, the authors argue that only a history of racism can explain why defamation, invasion of privacy, and fraud are exempt from free-speech guarantees while racist and sexist verbal assaults are not. Words, like sticks and stones, can assault; they can injure; they can exclude. In this important book, four prominent legal scholars from the tradition of critical race theory draw on the experience of injury from racist hate speech to develop a first amendment interpretation that recognizes such injuries. In their critique of first amendment orthodoxy, the authors argue that only a history of racism can explain why defamation, invasion of privacy, and fraud are exempt from free-speech guarantees while racist and sexist verbal assaults are not.;The rising tide of verbal violence on college campuses has increased the intensity of the hate speech debate. This book demonstrates how critical race theory can be brought to bear against both conservative and liberal ideology to motivate a responsible regulation of hate speech. The impact of feminist theory is also evident throughout. The authors have provided a rare and powerful example of the application of critical theory to a real-life problem.This timely and necessary book will be essential reading for those experiencing the conflicts of free-speech issues on campusstudents, faculty, administrators, and legislatorsas well as for scholars of jurisprudence. It will also be a valuable classroom tool for teachers in political science, sociology, law, education, ethnic studies, and womens studies.

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Contents:
Introduction; (Charles R. Lawrence III, Mari J. Matsuda, Richard Delgado, and Kimberl Williams Crenshaw. ); Public Response to Racist Speech: Considering the Victims Story; (M. J. Matsuda. ); If He Hollers Let Him Go: Regulating Racist Speech on Campus; (C. R. Lawrence III. ); Words That Wound: A Tort Action for Racial Insults, Epithets, and Name Calling; (R. Delgado. ); Beyond Racism and Misogyny: Black Feminism and 2 Live Crew; (Kimberl Williams Crenshaw. ); Epilogue: Burning Crosses and the R.A.V. Case; (M. J. Matsuda and C. R. Lawrence III.)