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Randall Kennedy

Randall Kennedy is the Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his law degree from Yale University. He attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and is a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. He is the author of six books, including Race, Crime, and the Law, for which he received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. A member of the bars of the Supreme Court of the United States and the District of Columbia, and of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he... Read More

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Best African American Essays 2010
Written by Dorothy Sterling and Chris Abani, Series edited by Gerald Early, Edited by Randall Kennedy and Nikki Giovanni
One World | Trade Paperback | December 2009
$16.00/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-38537-3 (0-553-38537-2)

Here is the superb second edition of the annual anthology devoted to the best nonfiction writing by African American authors—provocative works from an unprecedented and unforgettable year when truth was stranger (and more inspiring) than fiction.
The galvanizing election of Barack Obama was on the minds—and the pages—of authors everywhere. Best African... Read more

For Discrimination
Written by Randall Kennedy
Vintage | Trade Paperback | June 2015
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-94936-3 (0-307-94936-2)

For Discrimination is at once the definitive reckoning with one of America’s most explosively contentious and divisive issues and a principled work of advocacy for clearly defined justice.
What precisely is affirmative action, and why is it fiercely championed by some and just as fiercely denounced by others? Does it signify...

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Interracial Intimacies
Written by Randall Kennedy
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2004
$24.00/28.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70264-8 (0-375-70264-4)

In Interracial Intimacies, Randall Kennedy hits a nerve at the center of American society: race relations and our most intimate ties to each other. Writing with the same piercing intelligence he brought to his national bestseller Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, Kennedy here challenges us to examine how... Read more

Written by Randall Kennedy
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2003
$14.95/17.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-71371-2 (0-375-71371-9)

It’s “the nuclear bomb of racial epithets,” a word that whites have employed to wound and degrade African Americans for three centuries. Paradoxically, among many black people it has become a term of affection and even empowerment. The word, of course, is nigger, and in this candid, lucidly argued book the... Read more

The Persistence of the Color Line
Written by Randall Kennedy
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2012
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-45555-0 (0-307-45555-6)

Renowned for his insightful, common-sense critiques of racial politics, Randall Kennedy gives us a shrewd and penetrating analysis of the complex relationship between the first black president and his African-American constituency.

Kennedy tackles such hot-button issues as the nature of racial opposition to Obama; whether Obama has a singular responsibility to African...

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Race, Crime, and the Law
Written by Randall Kennedy
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1998
$19.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70184-9 (0-375-70184-2)

Winner of the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize

"An original, wise and courageous work that moves beyond sterile arguments and lifts the discussion of race and justice to a new and more hopeful level."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work that is certain to provoke controversy, Harvard... Read more

Written by Randall Kennedy
Vintage | Trade Paperback | January 2009
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-38842-1 (0-307-38842-5)

In this incisive and unflinching study, Randall Kennedy, author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, tackles another stigma of America's racial discourse: “selling out.” He explains the origins of the concept and shows how fear of this label has haunted prominent members of the black community—including, most recently... Read more