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Like a loaded weapon : the Rehnquist court, Indian rights, and the legal history of racism in America

Author: Robert A Williams
Publisher: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, ©2005.
Series: Indigenous Americas.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Publisher description: Robert A. Williams Jr. boldly exposes the ongoing legal force of the racist language directed at Indians in American society. Fueled by well-known negative racial stereotypes of Indian savagery and cultural inferiority, this language, Williams contends, has functioned "like a loaded weapon" in the Supreme Court's Indian law decisions. Beginning with Chief Justice John Marshall's foundational  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: William H Rehnquist; William H Rehnquist; William H Rehnquist
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Williams
ISBN: 0816647097 9780816647095 0816647100 9780816647101
OCLC Number: 60791602
Description: xxxvi, 270 p. ; 23 cm.
Contents: "Look, Mom, a baby maid!" : the languages of racism --
Supreme Court and the legal history of racism in America --
"Savage as the wolf" : the founders' language of Indian savagery --
Indian rights and the Marshall Court --
Rise of the plenary power doctrine --
What "every American schoolboy knows" : the language of Indian savagery in Tee-Hit-Ton --
Rehnquist's language of racism in Oliphant --
Most Indianophobic Supreme Court Indian law opinion ever --
Dangers of the twentieth-century Supreme Court's Indian rights decisions --
Expanding Oliphant's principle of racial discrimination : Nevada v. Hicks --
Court's schizophrenic approach to Indian rights : United States v. Lara.
Series Title: Indigenous Americas.
Responsibility: Robert A. Williams, Jr.
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Publisher description: Robert A. Williams Jr. boldly exposes the ongoing legal force of the racist language directed at Indians in American society. Fueled by well-known negative racial stereotypes of Indian savagery and cultural inferiority, this language, Williams contends, has functioned "like a loaded weapon" in the Supreme Court's Indian law decisions. Beginning with Chief Justice John Marshall's foundational opinions in the early nineteenth century and continuing today in the judgments of the Rehnquist Court, Williams shows how undeniably racist language and precedent are still used in Indian law to justify the denial of important rights of property, self-government, and cultural survival to Indians. Building on the insights of Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, and Frantz Fanon, Williams argues that racist language has been employed by the courts to legalize a uniquely American form of racial dictatorship over Indian tribes by the U.S. government. Williams concludes with a revolutionary proposal for reimagining the rights of American Indians in international law, as well as strategies for compelling the current Supreme Court to confront the racist origins of Indian law and for challenging bigoted ways of talking, thinking, and writing about American Indians.

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