Cal Poly to host talk on history of race in courts

A University of Southern California law professor will examine the history of race and racism in America through a legal history analysis in a talk scheduled for Thursday.

Ariela Gross will present “Race Citizenship in the Constitution” from 11 a.m. to noon in the Advanced Technology Lab on the Cal Poly campus in honor of Constitution Day. The event is free and open to the public.

Gross will discuss key components of her book, “What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America.”

The book lays out a legal history of race by recounting stories of racial identity trials in American courts, from the early days of American history into the 20th century. Racial identity trials determined a person’s race, as well as rights and privileges.

Constitution Day is Sept. 17, but Cal Poly recognizes the day in November because classes didn’t begin until after that date this year.