Words that Wound: Critical Race Theory, Assaultive Speech, and the First Amendment
Westview Press, 1993 - Law - 160 pages
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 campus—students, faculty, administrators, and legislators—as 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 women’s studies.
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I believe that speech that attacks a certain racial or ethnic group is protected under the first amendment.
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The Victims Story
Narrow Application and Protection of First Amendment Values
The Meaning of Legal Protection
Regulating Racist Speech on Campus
Racist Speech as the Functional Equivalent of Fighting Words
Which Side Are We On?
Epithets and Name Calling Richard Delgado
Beyond Racism and Misogyny Black Feminism
Representational Intersectionality and Images That Wound
Burning Crosses and the R A V Case
About the Rook and Authors
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