The Alchemy of Race and Rights Short Essay - Answer Key

Patricia J. Williams
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Short Essay Questions Key

1. What does Williams note pervades the United States in Part 1, Chapter 1?

In Part 1, Chapter 1, Williams notes that increasing crime rates, drug use, police brutality, and other problems pervade the country.

2. What does racism penetrate according to Williams?

According to Williams, racism penetrates even at the highest level of culture, which was demonstrated by the inability of educational institutions to find and hire more African American female professors.

3. What three principles does Williams try to show that they interact, conflict, and interlock and what does she want to bridge the gap between?

Williams tries to show how autonomy, community, and order interact, conflict, and interlock. Williams also wanted to bridge the gap between theory and practice.

4. What does Williams hope to show regarding legal language?

Williams hopes to show that legal language often flattens complex issues and hides social meanings.

5. What three features does American jurisprudence have according to Williams?

According to Williams, the three features of American jurisprudence include drawing bright lines between concepts, such as between rights and needs or public and private; looking for non-contextual universal legal truths, and aiming to find an objective.

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