About the Michigan Journal of Race & Law

The Michigan Journal of Race & Law is a legal journal that serves as a forum for the exploration of issues relating to race and law. To that end, MJR&L publishes articles, notes, and essays on the cutting edge of civil rights scholarship from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives. MJR&L’s diversity is reflected by the authors with whom we collaborate, ranging from scholars and students to practitioners and social scientists.

UPDATE: Our symposium issue, Vol. 21.2, is now available!

MJR&L SYMPOSIUM Innocent Until Proven Poor: Fighting the Criminalization of Poverty, Feb 19-20, 2016

 Featured Blog Post: The Right to Bear Arms? Muslim Americans and Second Amendment Rights by Serena Rabie

The recent shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida has reinvigorated two of the most tense debates of the 2016 election cycle—Muslim immigration and gun control. In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump reiterated his call for a temporary ban on Muslim migration to the United States. Trump and other politicians were quick to point to radical Islam as the problem, while others pointed to America’s loose gun control laws as the reason for the attack. Theoretically, this means that Arab and Muslim Americans attempting to purchase firearms should face opposition from both sides of the aisle—from gun control proponents and those who blame Islam for domestic terrorist acts. This begs the question: what happens when Muslim Americans attempt to exercise their Second Amendment rights?

Featured Blog Post: In Wake of Affirmative Action Victory, Minority and Low-Income Students Still Face Barriers to Higher Education by Luis Arias

Minority and low-income students remain underrepresented at most of our nation’s universities. Although many institutional and societal problems contribute to the low minority and low-income student enrollment rates, one contributor is especially troubling. These students lack access to the tools they need to properly navigate the college application process. According to the Center for American Progress, minority and low-income students do not have access to social capital they need to effectively navigate the admissions process and to turn college aspirations into college enrollment. They do not receive any guidance from their schools; and they do not have the help they need at home from their families, who often do not have college experience or knowledge about the college application process.

Featured Blog Post: UW’s Unequal Treatment of Student-to-Student Violence: The Case of Jarred Ha by Jennifer Chun

Unlike the media coverage of this incident, which focused on the disputed violence between Harper and Ha, this blog entry focuses on UW’s unequal treatment of the three students. In particular, it criticizes UW for failing to discipline Story and Harper in the same manner as Ha when evidence suggests the two were complicit in this violent incident. In fact, Ha was the only student who supported his story with two unbiased witnesses.

Story and Harper are White. Ha is Asian.

I write this entry to suggest that this incident involved racial and sex-related prejudices and articulate why the facts do not support the mainstream narrative that Story was the victim, Harper was the hero, and Ha was the perpetrator.