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Gregory S. Parks
Gregory S. Parks, JD, PhD (psychology) is an Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University School of Law. He teaches courses on civil procedure, social science and law, as well as race and law. Professor Parks clerked on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has published numerous scholarly books on race and law, social science and law, and African American fraternal networks. His books can be obtained at and drafts of his articles can be obtained at SSRN.

Entries by Gregory S. Parks

Black Fraternities (and Sororities) as Social Justice Organizations: A Model and a Vision

(3) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 9:33 AM

In the July issue of Essence magazine, Donna M. Owens brings to the fore a topic that has not been addressed in some time--the extent to which black Greek-letter organizations ("BGLOs") are social justice organizations. Her article, "Sister Soldiers: A Look at Black Sororities in the Black Lives...

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The Psychology of Haters

(2) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:20 PM

In 1997, Will Smith introduced a new word into the American lexicon: "hater." In his hit, Gettin' Jiggy wit It, he rapped that he had "no love for the haters," because they were, implicitly, motivated by envy. In 2001, the R&B group 3LW, in their song

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When Love is Too Much But Not Enough

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 4:11 PM

Sometimes a person walks into your life and, in a moment, shows you more about yourself than you ever could have imagined.

I woke-up, looked over, and there Marie was, sleeping next to me. The only thing new about waking up next to her this time was that I was,...

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African American Fraternities and Sororities: Our Fight Has Just Begun

(110) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 8:52 AM

Just after I graduated from law school, in 2008, my second book was published -- Black Greek-letter Organizations in the Twenty-First Century: Our Fight Has Just Begun (University Press of Kentucky). In the foreword, I made two points about the choice of the title, one internal to Black...

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Love and Letting Go

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 2:57 PM

By training, I'm a lawyer and a Ph.D. psychologist. By vocation, I'm a law professor. Much of my job consists of writing and publishing at the intersection of social science, race and law. For the most part, academics don't write about their personal lives. I'm no exception. I'm three and...

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Abortion: Race, Rape and the Right

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 8:23 PM

I want to tell you a story. I'm going to ask you all to close your eyes while I tell you the story. ... This is a story about a little girl walking home from the grocery store one sunny afternoon. ... Can you see her? Her raped, beaten, broken...
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Gay Men in Black Fraternities

(56) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 6:12 PM

On Sept. 8, 2012, Nathanael Gay married Robert Brown in Lexington, Ky. About a month later, on Oct. 4, 2012, Brown uploaded a video of the wedding to YouTube. Their wedding was only slightly remarkable given our society's changing attitude with respect to marriage equality. Something about their nuptials was...

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The Hazing "Blame" Game

(2) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 5:01 PM

After the death of Robert Champion last year, his parents decided to do what many parents would do. They sued who they thought was responsible. In this case, they sued Florida A&M University ("FAMU") for its failure to eradicate the hazing culture that had persisted at FAMU for years, likely...

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Talkin' 'Bout Nothin': Black Greek-letter Organizations and Hazing

(11) Comments | Posted September 27, 2012 | 1:36 PM

On his album, The Blueprint III, Jay-Z rhymes on the song, "What We Talkin' About": "What we talkin' 'bout, fiction or we talkin' 'bout fact? You talkin' 'bout fiction? Hold up; pardon my back." Unfortunately, that's often how I feel--as one of the few academics, and only law professor, who...

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Judging Racism: Interpreting Federal Judge's Racist Obama Email

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2012 | 1:49 PM

RecentlyCardozo Law Review de novo published my short law review article about a racist email that a federal trial court judge sent to people about President Obama. While the story is slightly dated, it underscores some points that my colleague, Dr. Matthew Hughey, and I--along with our contributors--made about the...

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Black "Greek" Hazing Tied to Leadership Behavior

(27) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 6:49 PM

Spurred by the senseless hazing death of Robert Champion at Florida A&M University in November 2011, U.S. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D-FL, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority member) proposed legislation, on May 31, 2012, to end hazing on college campuses. During a press conference at the National Press Club, she and college-based...

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Too Soon for a Black President?

(66) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 10:58 AM

"And though it seems heaven sent/We ain't ready, to see a black president." - Tupac Shakur, "Changes"

On October 11th the Senate blocked President Obama's entire $447 billion jobs-stimulus bill. Again on October 20th, the Senate stonewalled a $35 billion part of that package in a late-night filibuster. These actions,...

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The King Memorial and the Ideals of Brotherhood

(6) Comments | Posted August 24, 2011 | 4:02 PM

In a few days, tens -- if not hundreds -- of thousands of people will converge upon this nation's capital to witness the historic unveiling of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall. The idea for the memorial began with a handful of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity...

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A New Race(ism?) -- Unconscious Bias in the '08 Campaign

(90) Comments | Posted August 3, 2008 | 8:50 PM

Since Senator Obama announced his candidacy for president, he has had to walk--as commentators and pundits have noted--a racial tightrope. Race has long been a dynamic on the American political landscape. Conservatives' use of racial code words to galvanize White voters and White voters' resistance to voting for Black candidates...

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Implicit (Unconscious) Race Bias and the 2008 Presidential Election: Does Obama Stand a Chance?, Part II

(31) Comments | Posted February 5, 2008 | 6:30 PM

Read Part I here.

Let me make a few points about how the research I discussed in my first blog entry relates to Obama and his run for the presidency:

First, there seems to be a general pervasiveness to Whites' implicit anti-Black/pro-White bias. Though their general bias is...

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Implicit (Unconscious) Race Bias and the 2008 Presidential Election: Does Obama Stand a Chance? -- Part I

(111) Comments | Posted February 4, 2008 | 11:59 PM

For the past several months, Jeffrey Rachlinski (Cornell Law School professor) and I have been working on an article about unconscious race & gender bias and the presidential election. I think, maybe wrongly, that this work is pretty interesting.

One of our basic arguments is that Obama has a...

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