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Welcome to the research guide on Structural Racism and the Legal System. This guide is under construction and will be changing in the future.
Finish the Fight
- Finish the FightMeet the Brave but Overlooked Women of Color Who Fought for the Vote
In “Finish the Fight!,” excerpted here, New York Times journalists tell the stories of lesser-known figures in the battle to make the 19th Amendment a reality.
A Vast Racial Gap in Death Penalty Cases, New Study Finds
- A Vast Racial Gap in Death Penalty Cases, New Study FindsDefendants convicted of killing white people, the study found, were far more likely to be executed than the killers of Black people.
The 1619 Project
- The 1619 ProjectAn ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
- Just Mercy byPublication Date: 2014The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.
Isabel Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
- Caste; The Origins of Our Discontents byPublication Date: 2020Wilkerson examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
Racial Equity in the Justice System
- Racial Equity in the Justice SystemCentral clearinghouse of ABA-related information and resources for attorneys, the legal profession and the public on a wealth of issues addressing bias, racism and prejudice in the justice system and society.