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Dr. Patricia J. Williams

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The Nation

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  • JD
  • JD.
  • Juris Doctor
    Harvard Law School
  • bachelor's degree
    Wellesley College
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We talk with The Nation ..., 5 Jan 2015 [cached]
We talk with The Nation Magazine's Patricia Williams who writes Diary of A Mad Law Professor.
Patricia J. Williams is an American legal scholar and a proponent of critical race theory, a school of legal thought that emphasizes race as a fundamental determinant of the Americanlegal system. She is currently the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University where she has taught since 1991.
On the distinguished panel of women ..., 6 Dec 2013 [cached]
On the distinguished panel of women scholars and activists participating in this discussion were Darlene Nipper, Deputy Executive Director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Rebecca Traister, author and columnist for and Patricia J. Williams, Columbia University Law School Professor and columnist for The Nation.
Columbia Law Professor Patricia Williams brought up the impact on society from having a black president, claiming that he not only breaks down a lot of black stereotypes but also that people often didn't know where to fit him in. "Every time he would refer to his single mother, people would sort of blink and say oh, it's not a black single mother, it's a white single mother.
Traister, Nipper, and Williams were all admittedly encouraged by the trend toward unification they see in phenomena like the diversity of the coalition that came together to reelect President Obama.
Race Matters - Seeing A Colorblind Future, 1 Nov 1997 [cached]
Patricia Williams suggests that when it comes to the trauma of racism Americans have not yet learned how to speak
May 14, 1998
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Patricia Williams
In 1997 the BBC invited Patricia Williams, an American legal scholar and outspoken left-wing columnist. Williams, the first black woman to receive the honor, addressed her audience in the same year that the European Union had resolved to dedicate itself to the eradication of racism, xenophobia, and anti-Semitism -- a resolution that Great Britain had not yet ratified at the time the lectures were announced. Against this backdrop, unsurprisingly, the BBC's choice of Williams sparked controversy in some quarters. Before her lectures hit the airwaves she had been attacked by conservatives in the British press, who labeled her a "militant black feminist" and protested that her ideas should not be given such prominence.
Though her book does not deal overtly with affirmative action (primarily because, as Williams points out, Britain does not have programs like those in the United States), Williams makes no secret of how she feels about current trends. "In the context of today's ghettos, inner cities, and those places doomed to be called the Third World," she writes in the first lecture, "I hear the word triage. I worry about this image that casts aside so many so easily. It envisions poor and dying populations as separate, distant, severable. She continues, "I fear triage; I fear that one cannot cut off a third of the world without some awful, life-threatening bleeding in the rest of the body politic."
Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University, is the author of two previous books, The Alchemy of Race and Rights (1991) and The Rooster's Egg: On the Persistence of Prejudice (1995), both published by Harvard University Press. A contributing editor and a columnist for The Nation, Williams is also a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and has written for many publications, among them The New York Times, The New Yorker,Ms.,The Village Voice, Civilization, and others. She spoke recently with Atlantic Unbound 's Wen Stephenson.
--Patricia Williams. From Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race.
The book opens with an anecdote about your son's being misdiagnosed as (literally) color-blind. The well-meaning teachers in his nursery school had taught the children that "it makes no difference" what color you are, and it seems your son took this quite literally, so that he resisted identifying color at all.
Read an excerpt from Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race, by Patricia Williams.
Williams | Patricia J. ..., 29 Jan 2014 [cached]
Williams | Patricia J. Williams The Jewish Museum Blog > Blog Archive > Patricia Williams
Patricia Williams Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University. She authors the column "Diary of a Mad Law Professor" for The Nation Magazine and maintains a blog at
Patricia J. Williams
Board | Alliance for Justice, 19 Dec 2014 [cached]
Patricia J. Williams
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