Colorblind justice has made resisting the retreat from public school
desegregation a hard sell in postracial America. I do not believe that
K-12 school desegregation is the silver bullet for solving all the
problems with public education. Nor do I believe that it can address
everything that accounts for why blacks continue to lag behind whites
in achievement and attainment. But there is convincing evidence
regarding the potential benefits of desegregation and evidence on the
negative consequences of desegregation is weak. This talk, by casting
light on the anatomy of colorblind justice and its limits, contributes
to ongoing efforts to ensure that school desegregation remains in the
conversation about how to address racial inequality in education and
about how to satisfy the demands of racial justice.
Sponsored by the Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and
the Philosophy Department.