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PPP Book Club: Allow Me to Retort by Elie Mystal
June 8, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC-5
Join us on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. ET from June 8 to July 6 for a shared reading of Elie Mystal’s Allow Me to Retort.
Looking for a way to stay engaged with fellow progressive lawyers and law students? Join us for our book club! For our first book, we will be reading Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by this year’s PPP Convening keynote speaker, Elie Mystal. Join us for great discussion and camaraderie with others who are ready to unf*ck the law.
From the publisher:
Allow Me to Retort is an easily digestible argument about what rights we have, what rights Republicans are trying to take away, and how to stop them. Mystal explains how to protect the rights of women and people of color instead of cowering to the absolutism of gun owners and bigots. He explains the legal way to stop everything from police brutality to political gerrymandering, just by changing a few judges and justices. He strips out all of the fancy jargon conservatives like to hide behind and lays bare the truth of their project to keep America forever tethered to its slaveholding past.
Mystal brings his trademark humor, expertise, and rhetorical flair to explain concepts like substantive due process and the right for the LGBTQ community to buy a cake, and to arm readers with the knowledge to defend themselves against conservatives who want everybody to live under the yoke of eighteenth-century white men. The same tactics Mystal uses to defend the idea of a fair and equal society on MSNBC and CNN are in this book, for anybody who wants to deploy them on social media.
You don’t need to be a legal scholar to understand your own rights. You don’t need to accept the “whites only” theory of equality pushed by conservative judges. You can read this book to understand that the Constitution is trash, but doesn’t have to be.