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Unmasking White Grievance in the Age of Trump

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  • Author: Terry Smith, Depaul University (Chicago) College of Law
  • Publication planned for: December 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108445467

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  • If post-mortems of the 2016 U.S. presidential election tell us anything, it's that many voters discriminate on the basis of race, which raises an important question: In a society that outlaws racial discrimination in employment, housing, and jury selections, should voters be permitted to racially discriminate in selecting a candidate for public office? In Whitelash, Terry Smith argues that such racialized decision-making is unlawful and that remedies exist to deter this reactionary behavior. Using evidence of race-based voting in the 2016 presidential election, Smith deploys legal analogies to demonstrate how courts can decipher when groups of voters have been impermissibly influenced by race, and impose appropriate remedies. This groundbreaking work should be read by anyone interested in how the legal system can re-direct American democracy away from the ongoing electoral scourge that many feared 2016 portended.

    • Examines the 2016 election
    • Uses analogies to anti-discrimination law to discuss voting
    • Will redefine the meaning of the right to vote
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: December 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108445467
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 7 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from December 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Long Night of Déjà vu
    1. Electing Trump and Breaching Norms
    2. The Exoneration of White Voters
    3. White Voters and the Law of Alternative Facts
    4. The Sirens of White Nationalism
    5. Law As Pretext
    6. Voting While White
    7. Holding Candidates and Parties Accountable
    8. We the People: Fashioning a Legal Remedy for Voter Whitelash
    Conclusion: The Globalization of Whitelash

  • Author

    Terry Smith, Depaul University (Chicago) College of Law
    Terry Smith has spent 25 years teaching at national law schools, most recently as a Distinguished Research Professor. His legal scholarship has been cited by federal courts, and he is the author of the book, Barack Obama, Post-racialism, and the New Politics of Triangulation (2012).

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