Derrick Darby, University of Kansas, Colorblind Justice and Desegregation in Postracial America
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.