Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law (Book Synopsis)

Justin D. Levinson and Robert J. Smith (eds), IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS ACROSS THE LAW, Cambridge University Press (May 2012)

3 Pages Posted: 26 Apr 2012 Last revised: 12 May 2015

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Justin D. Levinson

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Robert J. Smith

Harvard Law School (Fair Punishment Project, a joint initiative of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute & Criminal Justice Institute)

Jerry Kang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Michelle Wilde Anderson

Stanford Law School

Victoria Plaut

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Department of Psychology; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

Danielle Young

University of Hawaii at Manoa - Department of Psychology

Dorothy A. Brown

Emory University School of Law

Rachel D. Godsil

Rutgers Law School

Charles Ogletree

Harvard Law School

Charles R. Lawrence

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Deana Pollard-Sacks

Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Melissa Hart

University of Colorado Law School

Michele Goodwin

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Naomi Duke

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Danielle M. Conway

University of Maine School of Law

Susan K. Serrano

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Eric K. Yamamoto

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Nancy Gertner

Harvard Law School

G. Ben Cohen

The Promise of Justice Initiative

Date Written: April 24, 2012

Abstract

Despite cultural progress in reducing overt acts of racism, stark racial disparities continue to define American life. This book is for anyone who wonders why race still matters and is interested in what emerging social science can contribute to the discussion. The book explores how scientific evidence on the human mind might help to explain why racial equality is so elusive. This new evidence reveals how human mental machinery can be skewed by lurking stereotypes, often bending to accommodate hidden biases reinforced by years of social learning. Through the lens of these powerful and pervasive implicit racial attitudes and stereotypes, Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law examines both the continued subordination of historically disadvantaged groups and the legal system's complicity in the subordination.

Keywords: Implicit Racial Bias, Corporations, Criminal Law, Torts, Property, Cyber, Tax, Federal Indian, Intellectual Property, Capital Punishment, Reparations, Employment, Health, Education, Communications, Environmental

Suggested Citation

Levinson, Justin D. and Smith, Robert J. and Kang, Jerry and Anderson, Michelle Wilde and Plaut, Victoria and Young, Danielle and Brown, Dorothy Andrea and Godsil, Rachel D. and Ogletree, Charles and Lawrence, Charles R. and Pollard-Sacks, Deana and Hart, Melissa and Goodwin, Michele and Duke, Naomi and Conway, Danielle M. and Serrano, Susan K. and Yamamoto, Eric K. and Gertner, Nancy and Cohen, G. Ben, Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law (Book Synopsis) (April 24, 2012). Justin D. Levinson and Robert J. Smith (eds), IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS ACROSS THE LAW, Cambridge University Press (May 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2045319 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2045319

Justin D. Levinson (Contact Author)

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

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Robert J. Smith

Harvard Law School (Fair Punishment Project, a joint initiative of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute & Criminal Justice Institute) ( email )

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Jerry Kang

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

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Michelle Wilde Anderson

Stanford Law School ( email )

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Victoria Plaut

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

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University of California, Berkeley - Department of Psychology

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University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law Study Group

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Danielle Young

University of Hawaii at Manoa - Department of Psychology ( email )

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Dorothy Andrea Brown

Emory University School of Law ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.law.emory.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/dorothy-a-brown.html

Rachel D. Godsil

Rutgers Law School ( email )

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Charles Ogletree

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Charles R. Lawrence

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

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Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States

Deana Pollard-Sacks

Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law ( email )

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Melissa Hart

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

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Michele Goodwin

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

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Naomi Duke

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities ( email )

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Danielle M. Conway

University of Maine School of Law ( email )

246 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
United States

Susan K. Serrano

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States

Eric K. Yamamoto

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States
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(808)956-6402 (Fax)

Nancy Gertner

Harvard Law School ( email )

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Griswold 301
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

G. Ben Cohen

The Promise of Justice Initiative ( email )

1024 Elysian Fields Ave
New Orleans, LA 70117
United States

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