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22 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 297 (1987)
Issue 2

handle is hein.journals/hcrcl22 and id is 303 raw text is: MINORITY CRITIQUES OF THE CRITICAL LEGAL
Jose A. Bracamontet
The tenth National Critical Legal Studies (CLS) Conference
explored the theme of racism and the law. The articles collected
here were originally presented as part of a panel discussion on
the minority critique of CLS. These pieces reflect both the
promise and the frustration which CLS holds for minority schol-
arship and politics.
This promise and frustration is in some ways illustrated by
the following incident. In the mid-1970's a Chicano community
activist, Ricardo, was being recruited by a leftist organization.
As a young law student he was impressed by the organization's
apparent understanding of the need for the participation of peo-
ple of color. It confirmed his belief that the anti-racist impulse
of the left presented minorities with natural allies and a powerful
critique of oppression in America. The left Recruiter, an Anglo
man in his late twenties, commenced the discussion with a spiel
about racism and capitalism, and ended his recruitment pitch
by noting that Ricardo could become the leader of his people.
Ricardo, pointing to the Recruiter, immediately retorted, I want
to be the leader of your people!
Each of the writers represented here agrees that CLS offers
some benefit for minority scholarship and the academic debate
on racism. Like the leftist organization in the incident above,
the CLS movement has a progressive agenda which might make
CLS a natural ally of minority groups. Indeed, the fact that the
Conference would choose race as its theme indicates a commit-
* What follows are selected papers written for a panel discussion at the tenth
National Critical Legal Studies Conference on January 7, 1987.
Mr. Delgado, Ms. Matsuda and Ms. Williams submitted formal papers for publi-
cation; Mr. Dalton offered more informal remarks.
t Visiting Professor of Law, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. University
of Arizona, 1976; J.D., University of Notre Dame, 1979.
Mr. Bracamonte was the moderator of the discussion panel at which the following
presentations were offered.

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