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Carla D. Pratt - Associate Professor of Law, Penn State University, The Dickinson School of Law

Book Title: The Miner's Canary

Author: Lani Guinier and Gerald Torres

Book Description:

This book challenges us to transform our present democracy into one that resists the corruptible form of power and uses power in a more collective fashion. It urges us not to ignore the canary (race) but to use it as a diagnostic tool that warns us about conditions in America that endanger us all. The book urges us not to blame the canary (people of color) for the conditions in the mine (America) but rather to work together to try to improve the conditions in the mine. I chose this book, because it boldly challenges us to create a stronger democracy that empowers us all, not just the privileged.

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