Can the use of the word "boy" by a white supervisor addressing a black employee in a work situation be deemed an act of discrimination?

The 11th circuit says no.2006 PJP Fellow Bill Rankin, writing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution examines an interesting case that was recently heard by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. The suit was brought by John Hithon, a worker at the Tyson’s chicken processing plant in Gadsden, Alabama, who claimed that his supervisor had […]

2010 PJP Fellow Lion Calandra Asks: “Why do Americans get the Constitution so wrong?”

“Recently, I was standing in line at a movie house behind a woman who objected to the theater’s policy of searching purses and backpacks. She indignantly told a theater employee that her purse could not be inspected, citing the Fourth Amendment’s protection against illegal searches. She did not know that, in general, the Fourth Amendment […]

The Constitution in “Quotes”

“The Tea Partiers would be well advised to devote their efforts to achieving significant limits on the federal government — such as limiting federal spending, cutting taxes, and reversing Obamacare — that don’t demand an amendment to the Constitution. They will have a limited political window to apply their political capital; constitutional amendments will only […]

The Constitution in “Quotes”

“The issue is not one of Thomas’s First Amendment rights. She has them just like every other American. The question is one of civility and respect for the very powerful office her husband holds…” From PJP Board member Sherrilyn Ifill’s piece in ARENA, reacting to the news that Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court […]

Vision 20/20 launches at The Center

Just like the Constitution itself, people all around the globe are discussing the National Constitution Center. Follow us as we take a look at the Center’s appearance in news outlets around the globe last week.