chapter  5
The Stories We Tell: Law, Race, and Affirmative Action
Pages 48

There is in these two quotes-obviously coming from different perspectives-a story about affirmative action: it is a story about a history of some kind (Scalia's history must never be repeated; Williams's must never be forgotten). What are affirmative action's other stories? And, perhaps more important, who is telling these stories? While I might agree with Williams and disagree with Scalia, what entitles me to claim that I tell the correct story? No story can be correct, but each story sets up certain possibilities and forecloses others. Thus, I begin this chapter with a simple premise: We tell stories in order to convince others that our opinions are the correct ones. I end with a more complicated premise: The predominant affirmative-action stories illustrate how language can ensure subordination.