Law in the United States may of course be viewed through a number of different perspectives. Over the past several decades, racial minorities have used litigation and legislation to reform institutional policies and practices, and this has given impetus to perspectives of law as a significant tool of constructive social change. While such frameworks have validity, Malik Simba's paper is a relevant reminder of the ideological and coercive dimensions of law and of its long history as a means of oppressing racial minorities.

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