37 Loy. L. Rev. 231 (1991-1992)
The Political Correctness Scare

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Randall Kennedy*
THE SIXTH ANNUAL BRENDAN BROWN LECTURE
April 15, 1991, Loyola University, New Orleans
I am deeply honored to deliver the 1991 Brendan Brown Lec-
ture and would like to thank Dean Louis Westerfield and the
faculty of the Loyola Law School for inviting me.1 Before I turn to
my main subject-the campaign against political correctness-I
would like to note that my visit here calls to mind two people who
have had an enormous and beneficent affect on my life. The first is
my father, Henry Harold Kennedy, Jr., who spent his formative
years in New Orleans. Sightseeing has taken on a special meaning
since I am now viewing for the first time some of the places I have
heard him describe on many occasions, frequently with mirth,
sometimes with sadness. The second is an alumnus of the Loyola
Law School, Judge J. Skelly Wright, for whom I once clerked.
I am not competent to comment on whether Loyola has prop-
erly memorialized Judge Wright. I do know, however, that some of
the greatest graduates of the institution at which I teach, Harvard
Law School, are virtually ignored by the school. Here I am think-
ing in particular about Charles Sumner and Wendell Phillips, both
of whom were extraordinary leaders in the struggle against slavery.
I hope that Loyola Law School celebrates the accomplishments of
Judge Wright for he was an extraordinary figure who reflected and
reinforced the best that is .in our legal traditions. As a judge on
* Professor of Law, Harvard Law School.
1. This published version of the lecture differs considerably from the version that was
verbally delivered. The staff of the Loyola Law Review gave me time to update and revise
that lecture. I deeply appreciate its mature judgment and unstinting assistance.
2. See A.S. MILLER, A CAPACITY FOR OUTRAGE: THE JUDICIAL ODYSSEY OF J. SKELLY
WRIGHT (1984). This volume contains a useful annotated bibliography of writings by and
about Judge Wright. Id. at 233-35. See also Symposium--Judge J. Skelly Wright: Thirty
Years, 7 HASTINGS CONST. L.Q. 855-999 (1980). Useful as well are the tributes written by
associates of Judge Wright in the wake of his death. See, e.g., In Memoriam: J. Skelly
Wright, 102 HARV. L. REV. 361-74 (1988) (essays by William J. Brennan, Jr.; Patricia M.
Wald; Richard Parker; Bill Monroe).

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