* In Part 1, Chapter 1, Patricia Williams hated being a lawyer.
* Williams found herself confronted with heart wrenching stories of the plight of women and African Americans in the U.S.
* Williams notes increasing crime rates, drug abuse, police brutality.
* Racism penetrates even the highest levels of culture, such as Harvard.
* Williams' goal with the Alchemy of Race and Rights was to focus on autonomy, community and order, while bridging theory and practice.
* Williams wanted to show how legal language flattened issues.
* Williams believed the law was inter-subjective and it had no objective.
* American jurisprudence had three features: drawing lines between concepts, such as rights and needs, public and private, and race; looking for non-contextual universal legal truths; and, finding an objective, unmediated voice.
* Williams examines how social...
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