Race and the Law

Reflection on Kimberlé Crenshaw’s Race, Reform, and Retrenchment

September 29, 2020

Breonna Taylor, say her name. Her name was carried to the U.S. Open, to the NBA bubble, to millions of internet posts, to thousands of placards held high in the streets. It was Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw who told us to say her name.  The specificity of a murdered Black woman’s name transcends a statistic, a…

Understanding Our Common Interests in Educational Excellence and Equity

September 9, 2020

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.  We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.  Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail Today our nation is confronting longstanding educational opportunity and achievement gaps as a global pandemic…

Derrick Bell’s Interest Convergence and the Permanence of Racism: A Reflection on Resistance

August 24, 2020

Nothing about this moment — COVID-19’s disproportionate impact on Black people, Trump’s explicit anti-Black racism, or the mass demonstrations following lethal police use of force against Black people — would have surprised Professor Derrick Bell.  These fault lines are not new; rather, these events merely expose longstanding structural damage to the nation’s foundation.  A central…