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Law & Democracy Series: How Colorblindness Distorts American Democracy

12:00 pm–1:00 pm
McCollum Hall Room: 125
1875 N 42nd St
Lincoln NE 68503
Additional Info: LAW
Katie Pfannenstiel, (402) 472-8382,
Atiba Ellis, Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Modern conceptions of colorblindness appear to be at odds with the remedial race-conscious legislation and judicial doctrines designed for inclusiveness in American democracy. These conflicts include the recent Supreme Court lawsuits about the validity and scope of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the evolution and application of the racial gerrymandering doctrine, and controversies over the application of constitutional doctrines for race-conscious democracy enhancement. This talk will examine the parameters of this ideological conflict between colorblindness and race-consciousness as frames for advancing or distorting democracy and the risks posed by absolutist colorblindness in an increasingly diverse American democratic polity. This lecture is part of the Law & Democracy series, provided by generous support from Barb and Ron Schaefer.

This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing legal education credit in Nebraska.

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