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Lani Guinier. TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY, FUNDAMENTAL FAIRNESS IN REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY, 1994  

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marji <maswans@ilstu.edu> Lani Guinier rough draft
Tom Crews <tscrews@ilstu.edu> Lani Guinier, nomination
Samuel Winslow <winslow@gandalf.rutgers.edu> Re: Lani Guinier, nomination (Winslow)

Date: Mon, 15 Apr 1996 22:13:43 -0500 
From: marji <maswans@acadcomp.cmp.ilstu.edu> 
Subject: Lani Guinier TYRANNY OF THE MA

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Date: Wed, 17 Apr 1996 11:44:44 -0500 
From: Tom Crews <tscrews@acadcomp.cmp.ilstu.edu> 
To: gmklass@rs6000.cmp.ilstu.edu 
Subject: Lani Guinier, nomination 

Lani Guiniers nomination to head the Justice Department's civil rights division by President Clinton was withdrawn after her views were attacked by republicans, the press, and even many moderate democrats. Guinier was not even given a hearing to defend her much attacked views. Guinier is a former NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer and a voting -rights scholar who has known Bill and Hillary Clinton since their days at Yale Law. But she has staked out a position on minority rights that troubled even some centrists. She is considered outside the mainstream of the civil rights movement by many. Conservative Clint Bolick led the attacks and labled Guinier as the "Quota Queen". Bolick wrote that Guinier "proclaims that antidiscrimination laws mandate a - result oriented inquiry, in which roughly equal outcomes, not merely an apparently fair process, are the goal." Bolick made much of this quote, which appeared in a footnote in her Harvard Civil rights article, as did writers for the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Legal Times, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report.

Here is a listing of many of the views that Lani Guinier supposedly holds according to various articles I read on her nomination.

Tom Crews

TSCREWS@ACADCOMP.CMP.ILSTU.EDU

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Date: Thu, 18 Apr 1996 10:23:24 -0500 
From: Samuel Winslow <winslow@gandalf.rutgers.edu>
Subject: Re: Lani Guinier, nomination (Winslow) 

I read Tom Crews' list of issues allegedly supported by Lani Guinier and I was struck by how dangerous it is to base your opinion about someone on newspaper reports. For example, to say Lani Guinier is against integration is one of the most poorly researched comments I have heard.

After all, Guinier comes from an integrated family, with an African American father and a white mother, and by all accounts she has loved both of her parents equally. To be against integration she would have to be against her own family which is possible but highly unlikely.

One thing that the newspapers in general did not report about Guinier was that by supporting proportional representation she was in step with the VAST MAJORITY of the western democratic world. It is the U.S., Canada and Great Britain that are behind the times in this area. Even South Africa has adopted PR so as to enable its white and other minorities to be more than just virtually represented in the South African political system. In the United States, people of color are supposed to be seen and not heard.

The United States appears to have taught South Africa how important it was to end de jure segregation. Now hopefully the United States can learn from South Africa how to provide real political rights to its minority groups.

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