June 01, 2014

Civil Rights Litigation

Rebecca A. Taylor
From Civil Rights Litigation: Representing Plaintiffs Today, Introduction

Once, the body of law and progress in American civil rights was like a fine statue, proudly celebrated and admired by our society and around the world. But now, like the once great statue Ozymandias of which Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote,1 the body of civil rights has been severely decimated and is a mere shadow of its former glory. Unlike Ozymandias, however, if the body of American civil rights history and law were like a statue, it would not have a “frown, [a]nd wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command.” Such a statue would have an expression of tolerance, in celebration of diversity, virtue, and justice, all principles upon which America was founded.

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