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 RANDALL KENNEDY 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