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1 Colum. J. Race & L. i (2011-2012)

handle is hein.journals/cjoral1 and id is 1 raw text is: EDITOR'S NOTE
Sheila R Adams*
On behalf the Editorial Board and Staff, I am extremely
proud to present the Inaugural Issue of the Columbia Journal of Race
and Law.
In an age where the U.S. Supreme Court increasingly urges
colorblindness in its constitutional jurisprudence and where both
legal and social commentators have referred to the period following
President Barack Obama's election as an age of post-racialism,
some may question the necessity or relevance of a new journal
dedicated to the study of race and the law. However, such a view
would be misguided, as demonstrated by other recent indicators.
Arizona's passage of the controversial measure, S.B. 1070, has
spawned an outcry from the civil rights community and others that
the bill effectively authorizes racial profiling of Latinos in the state,
while simultaneously other states have sought to enact similar
legislation. Moreover, the disproportionate impact of the current
recession and foreclosure crisis on communities of color have
brought to the fore the gross inequalities in wealth and
homeownership between different racial groups and the social and
legal factors, such as residential segregation and discriminatory
lending practices, that have contributed to this phenomenon. In
short, the relevance of race in our society and, thus, the law,
continues to be very much a reality, and the increasingly multi-racial
and muld-cultural nature of our communities both complicates and
enriches this sphere of academic inquiry.
To this end, the Columbia Journal of Race and Law embraces
the continual importance of prioritizing this discourse as a means of
better understanding contemporary issues and new ideas for social
progress. The Journal intends to publish scholarship that focuses
broadly on issues concerning race and the law and to provide an
intellectual space for academics, practitioners, and students from
both within and outside of the legal field who are interested in
examining these issues critically.
The pieces contained in the following pages underscore the
salience of race in the law today and explore both conceptual and
practical implications of this intersection.   Professor Kendall
* J.D. Candidate 2011, Columbia Law School.

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