Lani Guinier

Lani Guinier is Harvard Law School's first black woman tenured professor.

Recent Articles

What We Must Overcome

F or years many of us have been calling for a national conversation about what it means to be a multiracial democracy. We have enumerated the glaring flaws inherent in our winner-take-all form of voting, which has produced a steady decline in voter participation, underrepresentation of women and racial minorities in office, lack of meaningful competition and choice in most elections, and the general failure of politics to mobilize, inform, and inspire half the eligible electorate. Still, nothing changed. Democracy was an asterisk in political debate and the diagnosis for what ailed it was encompassed in vague references to "campaign finance reform." But the harm was not just in the money and its sources; the problem has been the rules of American democracy itself. Enter Florida and the surprising intervention by the United States Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore . On December 12, 2000, the Supreme Court selected the next president when, in the name of George W. Bush's rights to equal...