Antisubordination, Rights, and Radicalism

31 Pages Posted: 4 Jun 2008

Date Written: May 2008


Twenty years ago, Charles Lawrence proposed that racism can be unconscious. In doing so, he forced an acknowledgement of racism as a sticky and pervasive problem, one inherent in our very culture. The same may be said of many forms of prejudice. Is there anything to be done about this, and more specifically, is there anything to be done in law? In this piece, I argue that in order to motivate the radical cultural changes that recognizing and ending prejudice would require, a project of antisubordination through law must include the protection of rights. Rights, I argue, are what empower those whom Martin Luther King, Jr. called the maladjusted to change those around them.

Keywords: antidiscrimination, unconscious bias, IAT, antisubordination, discrimination, racism, sexism, homophobia, equal protection

Suggested Citation

Ramachandran, Gowri, Antisubordination, Rights, and Radicalism (May 2008). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 4, p. 1045, 2008, Available at SSRN:

Gowri Ramachandran (Contact Author)

Southwestern Law School ( email )

3050 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
United States

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