Say It Loud!: On Race, Law, History, and Culture (Hardcover)

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In a magnum opus that spans two decades, Harvard Law School professor Randall Ken­nedy, one of our preeminent legal scholars and public intellectuals, gives us twenty-nine provocative essays—some previously published, others written for this occasion—that explore key social justice issues of our time.

Informed by sharpness of observation and often courting controversy, deep fellow feeling, decency, and wit, Say It Loud! includes:

The George Floyd Moment: Promise and Peril • Isabel Wilkerson, the Election of 2020, and Racial Caste • The Princeton Ultimatum: Anti­racism Gone Awry • The Constitutional Roots of “Birtherism” • Inequality and the Supreme Court • “Nigger”: The Strange Career Contin­ues • Frederick Douglass: Everyone’s Hero • Remembering Thurgood Marshall • Why Clar­ence Thomas Ought to Be Ostracized • The Politics of Black Respectability • Policing Ra­cial Solidarity

In each essay, Kennedy is mindful of com­plexity, ambivalence, and paradox, and he is always stirring and enlightening. Say It Loud! is a wide-ranging summa of Randall Kennedy’s thought on the realities and imaginaries of race in America.

About the Author

RANDALL KENNEDY is the author of six previous books. He is the Michael R. Klein Professor at Harvard Law School, where he teaches courses on contracts, criminal law, and the regulation of race relations. He is a memberof the bar of the District of Columbia, of the American Law Institute, and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives in Massachusetts.

Praise For…

For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action, and the Law
“Randall Kennedy is one of our most important and perceptive writers on race and the law . . . [This is] a heartfelt and tautly argued defense of affirmative ac­tion [and] a smart, concise refresher of the liberal position that is well worth the general reader’s attention.” —The Washington Post
Interracial Intimacies: Sex, Marriage, Identity, and Adoption
“The best book written on the subject, an exhaustive source of deep, rich schol­arship and surefooted brilliant analysis.”
—The Seattle Times
Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word
“Frequently throws the cold water of common sense upon issues that are too often cloaked in glib histrionics.”
—The New Republic
The Persistence of the Color Line: Racial Politics and the Obama Presidency
“A powerful and ruminative book . . . Kennedy has long been among the most incisive American commentators on race. His books seem to be carved from in­tellectual granite, yet they also have human scale.”
—The New York Times
Race, Crime, and the Law
“Rarely if ever has anyone systematically and cogently addressed as many of the vexing issues persisting in American society as Kennedy does here.”
—The New York Times
Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal
“Brisk and enjoyable—no small feat given the density of this book’s ideas. Worth reading for the light it shines on many subtleties of black history.”
—Los Angeles Times Book Review

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593316047
ISBN-10: 0593316045
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: September 7th, 2021
Pages: 528
Language: English