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Lani Guinier

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The great civil rights scholar and victim of the Wingnut Disinformation Industrial Complex has died:

Lani Guinier, a voting rights scholar and the first woman of color to be a tenured professor at Harvard Law School, has died. She was 71.

Ms. Guinier died Friday morning surrounded by family and friends, Harvard Law School Dean John Manning said in a letter to colleagues. Her son, Nikolas Bowie, attributed her death in Cambridge, Mass., to complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Ms. Guinier’s writings and studies focused on voting rights, race and gender. 

“My mom understood that if democracy is going to work, power has to be shared, not hoarded,” said Mr. Bowie, an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, who added that she inspired generations of students.

Before her appointment at Harvard Law School in 1998, she was a tenured professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; worked in the civil rights division at the Justice Department under President Jimmy Carter ; and headed the voting rights project at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the 1980s. She received her law degree from Yale Law School in 1974.

In 1993, President Bill Clinton nominated Ms. Guinier to be the assistant attorney general for civil rights. However, her writings on voting rights came under scrutiny and the administration withdrew her nomination.

The Critical Race Theory moral panic is just the latest iteration of this bullshit.

To celebrate her life, I recommend reading her superb article about the deep Taneyism of Shelby County.

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