Yick Wo at 125: Four Simple Lessons for the Contemporary Supreme Court
67 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2011 Last revised: 25 Jan 2013
Date Written: June 9, 2011
This article, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Yick Wo decision, recounts the legal struggles of Chinese immigrants at the turn of the 20th century and proposes that these stories provide four lessons for the U.S. Supreme Court about the importance of refusing to countenance class discrimination, persisting in striking at legal injustice, considering legislative purpose in context, and taking account of the property assumptions that color cultural battles in discrimination cases.
Keywords: racial discrimination, equal protection, legal history
JEL Classification: J7, K00
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