The Death of the Profane: The Rhetoric of Race and Rights
...On the same day I was barred from Benetton's, I went home and wrote the above impassioned account in my journal. On the day after that, I found I was still brooding, so I turned to a form of catharsis I have always found healing. I typed up the story, made a big poster of it, put a nice colorful border around it, and, after Benetton's was truly closed, stuck it to their big sweater-filled window. I exercised my first-amendment right to place my business with them right out in the street....
American legal scholar and critic. Williams received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Currently a professor at Columbia Law School, she is a leading proponent of critical race theory, which argues that race is a principal determinant in the legal system and in culture generally. Williams writes a regular column for the Nation titled Diary of a Mad Law Professor. Her books include The Alchemy of Race and Rights: A Diary of a Law Professor (1991), The Rooster's Egg (1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997), and Open House: Of Family, Friends, Food, Piano Lessons, and the Search for a Room of My Own (2004). She has received a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, along with numerous other honors. See also thenation.com.