Richard Thompson Ford
Richard Thompson Ford

Richard Thompson Ford teaches at Stanford Law School and is author of several books including The Race Card and Rights Gone Wrong.  He is currently working on a study of dress codes. Follow him on Twitter.

Jurisprudence
Oct. 10 2016 5:50 AMNo Dreadlocks for YouWhy banning dreads at work isn’t racially discriminatory, even if it should be illegal.
Jurisprudence
Oct. 12 2012 1:21 PMFisher Cut BaitAffirmative action will live on even if the Supreme Court kills it.
Jurisprudence
Feb. 29 2012 7:19 AMBad MarriageWhy the Supreme Court should stay out of affirmative action.
Jurisprudence
Nov. 2 2011 11:50 AMRights Gone Wrong

Why it’s not always best to treat education as a civil right.

Jurisprudence
March 28 2011 1:49 PMEveryday DiscriminationWhy the Wal-Mart sex-bias lawsuit is the most important case the Supreme Court will hear this year.
Books
July 5 2010 6:47 AMHow To Understand "Acting White"Could desegregation have caused the culture of academic underperformance?
Jurisprudence
Oct. 23 2009 7:12 AMNow a Black Firefighter Is Suing New HavenDid the Supreme Court leave the city holding the bag in last summer's Ricci ruling?
Jurisprudence
July 23 2009 3:31 PMThe Depressing Cycle of Racial AccusationThe arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. is about neither racial profiling nor playing the race card.
Jurisprudence
June 16 2009 1:57 PMIf Frank Ricci Loses, Blame ScaliaConservative judges are the ones who have made discrimination suits hard to win.
Sports Nut
Dec. 26 2008 7:27 AMBlackballedWhy are there are so few black coaches in college football?
Politics
Jan. 23 2008 7:18 AMDoes George Bush Care About Black People?
Politics
Jan. 20 2008 7:16 AMWas It Really a High-Tech Lynching?
Jurisprudence
Sept. 24 2007 4:25 PMThe Wrong Poster ChildrenWhy the Jena 6 protests have gone awry.
Jurisprudence
Feb. 2 2007 11:18 AMThe Irrelevance of Soft BigotryWhy Joe Biden's foul-up doesn't matter.
Jurisprudence
June 5 2006 6:26 PMJunk BondsWhat baseball can teach us about anti-discrimination law.
Jurisprudence
June 27 2013 3:40 PMThe Double Secret Danger in the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action RulingWill only elite wealthy colleges end up with racial diversity?
The Hive
June 21 2012 7:15 AMWho Will Save Us From the Courts?We will! How to break the judicial stranglehold on constitutional interpretation.
Jurisprudence
Nov. 3 2011 10:18 AMRights Gone Wrong

Why civil rights lawsuits are becoming irrelevant in the fight for social justice.

Jurisprudence
Nov. 1 2011 4:26 PMRights Gone Wrong

How the civil rights movement led to a ban on ladies’ nights.

Jurisprudence
March 15 2011 4:19 PMA State's RightWhy states, like Michigan, have the power to take over local governments.
Jurisprudence
June 11 2010 5:33 PMToo Sexy for My BossesWhy lawsuits based on looks discrimination—even good ones—are a bad idea.
Politics
Sept. 30 2009 12:41 PMA Primer on RacismThe many uses of the word and how legit they are.
Jurisprudence
July 2 2009 1:19 PMAre All Civil Rights Special Privileges Now?Assessing the damage done by the Supreme Court in the New Haven firefighters case.
Jurisprudence
May 27 2009 10:49 AMBad TestSonia Sotomayor rejected the New Haven firefighters' claim because it threatened to burn down civil rights law.
Jurisprudence
Nov. 14 2008 3:34 PMAnalogy LessonRacism is the wrong frame for understanding the passage of California's same-sex marriage ban.
Politics
Jan. 22 2008 10:23 AMCristal Clear
Politics
Jan. 8 2008 2:36 PMWho's Afraid for Obama?What the claims that a black man is unelectable say about the rest of us.
Jurisprudence
May 30 2007 5:39 PMBad ThinkThe Supreme Court mixes up intending to screw over your employee and actually doing it.
Jurisprudence
July 12 2006 4:50 PMHate and MarriageSame-sex marriage setbacks may not be all bad news for gay rights.
Jurisprudence
June 13 2005 5:37 PMTake God to Work DayWhy the law shouldn't bend over backward for religious employees.

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