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Cedric Merlin Powell

Professor of Law, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

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Powell's research focuses on constitutional law, rooted in Critical Race Theory. Overarching themes in Powell's writings include the ways in which neutrality reinforces oppression and subjugation in various areas of society. Subjects of Powell's writings include the Fourteenth Amendment, affirmative action, school desegregation, the First Amendment and Hate Speech, and political process theory. Powell's research connects with other subject areas because of a focus on ostensibly neutral judicial rationales and public rhetoric actually advance structural inequality in society.

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"The Rhetorical Allure of Post-Racial Process Discourse and the Democratic Myth" Utah Law Review 523 (2018).

This paper describes how the Court once acknowledged this danger in its political process decisions; and, while these decisions have not been explicitly overruled, Schuette marks the constitutionalization of post-racial process discourse and the democratic myth.

"Harvesting New Conceptions of Equality: Opportunity, Results, and Neutrality" Saint Louis University Public Law Review 31, no. 2 (2012).

This article examines the use of "neutral" rhetoric in court decisions related to race and equal opportunity in the context of integration efforts in public schools.