White Vigilantism and the Racism of Race-Neutrality

10 Pages Posted: 26 Jan 2023

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Christian Sundquist

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

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

Suggested Citation

Sundquist, Christian, White Vigilantism and the Racism of Race-Neutrality (August 1, 2022). Denver Law Review, Vol. 99, No. 763, 2022, U. of Pittsburgh Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2023-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4318875

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University of Pittsburgh - School of Law ( email )

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