Global Conflict and Populism in a Post-9/11 World
10 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2017 Last revised: 22 Feb 2017
Date Written: January 9, 2017
It is a privilege to be here today to deliver the 17th Annual Buck Colbert Franklin Civil Rights Lecture at the University of Tulsa School of Law. As a civil rights attorney and law professor working with Muslim and Arab American communities who are among the most unpopular minority groups today, it is a special honor to recognize the noble work of Buck Colbert Franklin. It is courageous lawyers like him who inspire my generation to pursue social justice. He fought against all odds to defend African American victims of the Tulsa race riots. Doggedly combating blatant racism, Franklin went all the way to the Oklahoma Supreme Court defending African Americans’ rights to rebuild their communities after the devastating riots.
Hence, I am grateful for the trail blazed by Buck Colbert Franklin and other civil rights lawyers that came after him. Without their tenacity and commitment to justice, many of us would not be here in this room today. And while I would like to celebrate the absence of racism and xenophobia ninety years after Franklin’s historic lawsuit, the facts on the ground caution us against sitting on our laurels.
Keywords: Civil Rights, Equality, Arab, Muslim, 9/11, War on Terror, Black Lives Matter, Authoritarian, Rule of Law, Democracy
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