A professor at Fordham University School of Law wants African-American students to claim a “disability” for their race.
Kimani Paul-Emile, in an article published in the Georgetown Law Journal, claims that “Blackness in the United States has an independent disabling effect distinct from the effects of socioeconomic status.”
According to Paul-Emile, being African-American “is disabling in a myriad of specific ways. To be Black means facing increased likelihood, relative to Whites, of living in poverty, attending failing schools, experiencing discrimination in housing, being denied a job interview, being stopped by the police, being killed during a routine police encounter, receiving inferior medical care, living in substandard conditions and in dangerous and/or polluted environments, being un- or underemployed, receiving longer prison sentences, and having a lower life expectancy.”
“Although race law has been relatively effective at countering intentional discrimination, such as Jim Crow, it has failed to combat the predominant forms of discrimination that now harm minority populations: unconscious bias, stereotyping, and structural inequality,” she explained.
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