Colorblind Justice and Desegregation in Postracial America


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  • Speaker: Derrick Darby
  • Host Department: race
  • Date: 04/16/2013
  • Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

  • Location: 4670 Haven Hall - Eldersveld Room

  • Description:

    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.

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