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Black History is Now

Posted on February 14, 2007

When many Americans think about Black History Month, the operative word is “history.” They take what might be called a”history was then” perspective. For that group, February is a time to remember and regret how bad things used to be and to celebrate a few of the household-name heroes who helped expose and reform the […]

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The Implicit Situation of Criminal Justice

Posted on October 5, 2012

Robert Smith, Charles Ogletree, and Johanna Wald hare recently posted a synopsis of their chapter, titled “Coloring Punishment: Implicit Social Cognition and Criminal Justice” (in Justin D. Levinson and Robert J. Smith (eds), Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law, 2012) on SSRN.  Here’s the synopsis: The United States has become the world’s leader in incarceration. […]

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Nancy Gertner on The Situation of Dispositionist Criminal Sentencing

Posted on September 8, 2012

From Cognoscenti: There is a canned, formulaic newspaper story about any criminal case. It can be repeated in every prosecution, no matter what the crime, no matter who the defendant. Here’s how it goes: Judge X sentenced defendant Y to five years (or whatever the number). The prosecutor argued for 10 (or higher than the […]

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Implicit Juror Bias

Posted on November 1, 2011

Anna Roberts posted her article, “(Re)Forming the Jury: Detection and Disinfection of Implicit Juror Bias” (Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 44, 2012) on SSRN.  Here is the abstract. * * * This Article investigates whether one of the most intractable problems in trial procedure can be ameliorated through the use of one of the most striking […]

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Juror Bias

Posted on October 30, 2011

Jessica West recently posted her article, “12 Racist Men: Post-Verdict Evidence of Juror Bias” (Harvard Journal of Racial & Ethnic Justice, Vol. 27, p. 165, 2011) on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * Federal Evidence Rule 606(b) and similar state rules prohibit post-verdict admission of juror statements, including racist or biased remarks, made during […]

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Poverty and Delinquency

Posted on October 15, 2011

Tamar Birckhead recently posted her article, “Delinquent by Reason of Poverty” (forthcoming Journal of Law and Policy, Vol. 38, 2012) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * This Article, written for the 12th Annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium, explores the disproportionate representation of low-income children in the United States juvenile justice system. It […]

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Unequal Juries

Posted on June 24, 2011

Wendy Parker posted her article, “Juries, Race, and Gender: A Story of Today’s Inequality” (Wake Forest Law Review, Vol. 46, pp. 209-240, 2011), on SSRN.  Here’s the abstracst. The Civil Rights Act of 1991 was supposed to be a victory for employment discrimination plaintiffs – a dramatic expansion of their rights. Twenty years later, however, […]

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Blood & Race

Posted on December 21, 2010

From the Harvard Gazette: The centuries-old “one-drop rule” assigning minority status to mixed-race individuals appears to live on in our modern-day perception and categorization of people like Barack Obama, Tiger Woods, and Halle Berry. So say Harvard University psychologists, who’ve found that we still tend to see biracials not as equal members of both parent […]

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The Inherited Situation of Racial Inequality

Posted on December 15, 2010

Professor Palma Joy Strand recently posted her important paper, “Inheriting Inequality: Wealth, Race, and the Laws of Succession” (forthcoming in the Oregon Law Review) on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * The article begins by documenting deep inequality in the form of Black-White wealth disparities: While the overall wealth distribution in the United States […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Deep Capture, Distribution, History, Ideology, Law, Life | 2 Comments »

The Constructed Situation of Race

Posted on February 2, 2010

Christian Sundquist’s interesting article,  “The Meaning of Race in the DNA Era: Science, History and the Law” (27 Temple Journal of Science, Technology & Environmental Law 231-265 (2008)) is now available on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * The meaning of “race” has changed dramatically over time. Early theories of race assigned social, intellectual, […]

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The Situation of “Justice” in Tulia Texas

Posted on February 10, 2009

From PBS’s Independent Lens: A lone undercover cop moves into a small farming town. By the end of the blazing summer of 1999, 46 people are arrested for selling cocaine—nearly all of them African American. It was heralded as one of the biggest drug busts in Texas history, until a team of lawyers set out […]

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Wages Are Only Skin Deep – Abstract

Posted on February 5, 2009

Joni Hersch recently posted a fascinating paper, titled “Color, Discrimination, and Immigrant Pay” on SSRN.  This is her latest paper in a larger set of articles on the topic.  Here’s the abstract. * * * In “Profiling the New Immigrant Worker: The Effects of Skin Color and Height,” (Journal of Labor Economics 2008), I present […]

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The Racial Situation of Criminal Juries and the Consequences

Posted on September 10, 2008

Sam Sommers has yet another terrific post, this one titled “When Justice is Less than Blind,” over on the Psychology Today Blog.  Here are some excerpts. * * * At the time of the 2000 Census, Jefferson Parish had an African-American population of 23%. In 1990 that rate was 18%. These numbers render it all […]

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Colorblinded Wages – Abstract

Posted on September 5, 2008

Joni Hersch, recently posted her intriguing paper, “Skin Color, Immigrant Wages, and Discrimination” on SSRN. Here’s the abstract. * * * Immigrant workers with darker skin color have lower pay than their counterparts with lighter skin color. Whether this pay penalty is due to labor market discrimination is explored using data from the New Immigrant […]

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The Blame Frame – Abstract

Posted on August 13, 2008

Situationist Contributors Jon Hanson and Kathleen Hanson recently posted their article, “The Blame Frame: Justifying (Racial) Injustice in America” (Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 41, 2006) on SSRN. Here is the abstract. * * * This Article attempts to elucidate how our forebears, who were presumably as devoted to justice and liberty in […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Choice Myth, History, Public Policy, Social Psychology, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The Situation of Capital Punishment – Abstract

Posted on May 23, 2008

Katherine Barnes, David Sloss, and Stephen Thaman, recently posted their paper, “Life and Death Decisions: Prosecutorial Discretion and Capital Punishment in Missouri” on SSRN. Here is the abstract. * * * This article presents the results of an empirical study of intentional homicide cases in Missouri. The authors created a database of 1046 cases; it […]

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Examining Why Estimated “Costs” of Racial Inequality Vary by Race

Posted on April 8, 2008

Situationist contributor and Harvard social psychologist Mahzarin Banaji, along with Ohio State social psychologist Phillip Mazzocco, were the subject of a recent article by the Washington Post‘s Shankar Vedantam, who studied recent research concerning unequal perspectives on racial inequality. Their research was contained in the 2006 article, “The Cost of Being Black: White Americans Perceptions […]

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Situationist Staff Favorites for 2007

Posted on December 17, 2007

Since January, several hundred posts have been published on The Situationist. As 2007 draws to a close, the Situationist Staff thought it was a good time to identify 40 of our favorites over that time period. Narrowing it down to that still-signficant number was harder than it sounds. We have listed and linked to them […]

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Yi Jianlian and Reverse Prejudice

Posted on October 12, 2007

Apparently, Chinese basketball star Yi Jianlian is no longer wary of Caucasian communities – at least those in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On August 29, 2007, the Milwaukee Bucks managed to sign their first-round draft pick in the 2007 National Basketball Association draft but only after their owner, Herb Kohl, reportedly personally assured the youngster of certain […]

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Posted in Implicit Associations, Situationist Sports, Social Psychology | 12 Comments »

Jena 6 – Part II

Posted on September 24, 2007

Part I of this series summarizes events giving rise to the march and protest last week in Jena, Louisiana. The protest was motivated largely by a shared sense that events in Jena reveal race-based disparities in our criminal justice system and constitute the visible tip of a largely ignored iceberg of racial disparities throughout the […]

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