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April 25, 2021 RAPID RESPONSE

Wrestling with Words, Acronyms & Language in Antiracism Advocacy and Actions

Over the past year, many institutions in legal education, the legal profession as well as other professions and groups have made an affirmative commitment to antiracism. As advocates and allies work toward this goal, it is imperative to consider the language used to refer to various groups. When should advocates specify a focus on “the Black community”? Is the term “Native American” synonymous with “Indigenous”? What does the acronym “BIPOC” mean? Is the term “people of color” better? And how can we highlight intersectionality? This webinar features academics wrestling with how best to use race, representation, and relevant language to promote antiracism and racial equity.


  •  LaToya Baldwin Clark, Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
  • Kirsten Carlson, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School
  • Meera Deo, Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law; 2020-21 William H. Neukom Fellows Research Chair in Diversity and Law, American Bar Foundation


  • Anthony E. Varona, Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Litigation Section, ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress,  American Bar Foundation


Presentation: Kirsten Carlson

Transcript: Wrestling with Words, Acronyms & Language in Antiracism Advocacy and Actions

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