Tehranian. J. (Compulsory Whiteness)

Tehranian J. - Compulsory Whiteness Towards a Middle Eastern Legal Scholarship BY JOHN TEHRANIAN INTRODUCTION.2 I THE RACIAL IDENTIFICATION OF

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Compulsory Whiteness: Towards a Middle Eastern Legal Scholarship BY JOHN TEHRANIAN * INTRODUCTION. .......................................................................................................... 2 I. THE RACIAL IDENTIFICATION OF INDIVIDUALS OF MIDDLE EASTERN DESCENT IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. ............................................................................ 6 A. Constructing Caucasians . ...................................................................... 7 B. Confronting the Middle East: Early Contemplations of Racial Belonging . ............................................................................................ 11 C. Negotiating Middle Eastern Racial Status in the New America: Covering, Passing, and the Irresistible Urge Towards Assimilation and Ethnic Denial. ....................................................................................... 17 II. THE MIDDLE EASTERN EXCEPTION: BEARING THE BURDENS, BUT NOT ENJOYING THE PRIVILEGES, OF WHITENESS . ................................................... 23 A. The Myth of Racism as an Historical Phenomenon . ............................ 23 B. Civil Rights Inchoate: The Rising Tide of Hate Against Individuals of Middle Eastern Descent. ....................................................................... 25 C. The Middle Easterner as the Other: The Slippery Slope from Friendly Foreigner to Enemy Alien, Enemy Alien to Enemy Race . .................... 32 D. Justice Denied: The Judiciary and the Middle Eastern Subject. .......... 35 III. ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. ........................................................................... 36 A. The Only Thing Worse Than Being Reduced to a Number Is Not Being Reduced to a Number: Quantifying Discrimination Against Middle Easterners. ............................................................................................ 37 B. Defining and Advancing Diversity: The Legal Academy and the Shortcomings of the Extant Literature in Critical Race Theory. .......... 38 C. A Middle Eastern Moment?. ................................................................. 43 D. A Word of Caution: The Risk of Essentialization. ................................ 44 CONCLUSION. ........................................................................................................... 46 Copyright 2007 John Tehranian. All rights reserved. * Associate Professor, University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law. A.B., Harvard University; J.D., Yale Law School. I would like to thank Richard Delgado, Martha Ertman, Ernesto Hernandez, Maryam Kia-Keating, Laura Kessler, Erik Luna, Kaipo Matsumoto, Geoffrey Rapp, Jean Stefancic, Joseph Su, Katharine and Majid Tehranian, Manuel Utset, and Jeremy Wooden for their insightful comments and suggestions on various drafts of this Article. The themes developed in this Article will be further explored in my forthcoming book,
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Tehranian J. - Compulsory Whiteness Towards a Middle Eastern Legal Scholarship BY JOHN TEHRANIAN INTRODUCTION.2 I THE RACIAL IDENTIFICATION OF

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