Dahlia Lithwick

Dahlia Lithwick is a contributing editor at Newsweek and senior editor at Slate.

Recent Articles

Race De-Baiting

As Sotomayor's nomination has made evident, accusations of racism often obscure much deeper and more pressing questions about how our differences matter and how they should not.

Part of our regular series on the book that changed your politics . Poke through any lawyer's bookshelf and you'll find the beige, dog-eared copy of To Kill A Mockingbird that forever altered the course of their life. I have one too. But the book that has most changed my thinking about both law and politics in recent years is Richard Thompson Ford's The Race Card . Ford, who teaches at Stanford Law School (and was my professor there almost 10 years ago), explores some simple questions: How can America be beset by racism if there are so few racists? How is it that every national event that touches on "identity politics" is instantly cast in familiar patterns of innocent victims and bigoted haters? If there is anything useful to be learned from the instantaneous bile that spewed forth in the first days of Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, it was that America's true racists are actually few and far between. Most of us are past the race talk of the 1960s and 1970s, even...