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White Men's Law: The Roots of Systemic Racism

Peter Irons


White Men’s Law recounts and explores the legal and extralegal means by which systemic White racism has kept Black Americans “in their place” from slavery to police and vigilante killings of Black men and women, from 1619 to the present. The book argues that African Americans have always been held back by systemic racism in all major institutions—especially the legal and educational systems—that hold power over them. Based on a wide range of sources, from the painful words of former slaves to Supreme Court decisions and test scores that reveal how our education system has failed Black children ... More

Keywords: systemic racism, Virginia slavery, lynching, Civil War, White control, social institutions, Biden plan, Black America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9780190914943
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190914943.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Irons, author
Emeritus Professor of Political Science, University of California-San Diego