White Vigilantism and the Racism of Race-Neutrality
10 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2023
Date Written: August 1, 2022
Race-neutrality has long been touted in American law as central to promoting racial equality while guarding against race-based discrimination. And yet the legal doctrine of race-neutrality has perversely operated to shield claims of racial discrimination from judicial review while protecting discriminators from liability and punishment. This Article critiques the doctrine of race-neutrality by examining the law’s response to white vigilantism in the much-publicized criminal trials of Kyle Rittenhouse and that of Ahmaud Arbery’s assailants.
Keywords: social inequality, racism, race-neutrality, white vigilantism, self-defense law, discrimination, jury selection, response to crisis
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