Richard Thompson Ford

Richard Thompson Ford teaches at Stanford Law School. His latest books are Rights Gone Wrong: How Law Corrupts the Struggle for Equality and Universal Rights Down to Earth.

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.
Nov. 3 2011 10:18 AMRights Gone Wrong

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

Nov. 1 2011 4:26 PMRights Gone Wrong

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

March 15 2011 4:19 PMA State's RightWhy states, like Michigan, have the power to take over local governments.
June 11 2010 5:33 PMToo Sexy for My BossesWhy lawsuits based on looks discrimination—even good ones—are a bad idea.
Sept. 30 2009 12:41 PMA Primer on RacismThe many uses of the word and how legit they are.
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.
May 27 2009 10:49 AMBad TestSonia Sotomayor rejected the New Haven firefighters' claim because it threatened to burn down civil rights law.
Nov. 14 2008 3:34 PMAnalogy LessonRacism is the wrong frame for understanding the passage of California's same-sex marriage ban.
Jan. 22 2008 10:23 AMCristal Clear
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.
May 30 2007 5:39 PMBad ThinkThe Supreme Court mixes up intending to screw over your employee and actually doing it.
July 12 2006 4:50 PMHate and MarriageSame-sex marriage setbacks may not be all bad news for gay rights.
June 13 2005 5:37 PMTake God to Work DayWhy the law shouldn't bend over backward for religious employees.
Oct. 12 2012 1:21 PMFisher Cut BaitAffirmative action will live on even if the Supreme Court kills it.
Feb. 29 2012 7:19 AMBad MarriageWhy the Supreme Court should stay out of affirmative action.
Nov. 2 2011 11:50 AMRights Gone Wrong

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

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.
July 5 2010 6:47 AMHow To Understand "Acting White"Could desegregation have caused the culture of academic underperformance?
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?
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.
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?
Jan. 23 2008 7:18 AMDoes George Bush Care About Black People?
Jan. 20 2008 7:16 AMWas It Really a High-Tech Lynching?
Sept. 24 2007 4:25 PMThe Wrong Poster ChildrenWhy the Jena 6 protests have gone awry.
Feb. 2 2007 11:18 AMThe Irrelevance of Soft BigotryWhy Joe Biden's foul-up doesn't matter.
June 5 2006 6:26 PMJunk BondsWhat baseball can teach us about anti-discrimination law.
May 6 2005 12:13 PMBut the Scouts, Your HonorLaw schools wield a ruling on gay scoutmasters against the military.




More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 2:35 PM Germany’s Nationwide Ban on Uber Lasted All of Two Weeks
The Vault
Sept. 16 2014 12:15 PM “Human Life Is Frightfully Cheap”: A 1900 Petition to Make Lynching a Federal Offense
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Sept. 16 2014 1:39 PM The Case of the Missing Cerebellum How did a Chinese woman live 24 years missing part of her brain?
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 8:41 PM You’re Cut, Adrian Peterson Why fantasy football owners should release the Minnesota Vikings star.