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Letters of the Law: Race and the Fantasy of Colorblindness in American Law

Sora Y. Han


This book offers original readings of the ideal of colorblindness in canonical cases to the critical study of race and law. It does this by deconstructing and tracing colorblindness as a fantasmatic core around which law enforces classic principles of American democracy – including, equal protection, citizenship, personal privacy, and freedom of expression. This fantasmatic core, variously materialized in the formal literary structure of universal legal reason, reveals how racial slavery continues to haunt American democracy. This reading of colorblindness critically revises current debates th ... More

Keywords: civil rights law, legal interpretation, citizenship, racial profiling, Black radical tradition, deconstruction, colorblindness, slavery, critical legal studies, critical race theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780804789110
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804789110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sora Y. Han, author
University of California,