Race and the Law

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…