The Master's Tools, from the Bottom Up: Responses to African-American Reparations Theory in Mainstream and Outsider Remedies Discourse

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Abstract

This Note posits a Critical Race Theory (CRT) analysis of the historical legal responses to reparations claims on the part of groups, using the African-American claims as an example. The article then discusses racial remedies theories, suggesting that the prevailing theories must be expanded to provide support for reparations. Following a review of contemporary and historical proposals for reparations, the author argues that reparations merit a prominent place within remedies theory, and echoes central tenets of CRT in explaining why they have not to date.

Keywords: critical race theory, race, reparations, remedies

Suggested Citation

Magee, Rhonda V., The Master's Tools, from the Bottom Up: Responses to African-American Reparations Theory in Mainstream and Outsider Remedies Discourse. Virginia Law Review, Vol. 79, p. 863, 1993. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1073322

Rhonda V. Magee (Contact Author)

University of San Francisco ( email )

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
United States
415-422-5055 (Phone)

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