By Theodore Shaw (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) This year marks the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. As originally written by the Founding Fathers, the Constitution was deeply flawed by its compromises with slavery. From the day it was adopted, a cataclysmic struggle over the issue was … [Read more...] about “On the Sesquicentennial of the Fourteenth Amendment” by Theodore Shaw (April-June 2018 P&R Issue)
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By Shaun Donovan (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) The Kerner Commission report was a remarkable leap forward in at least three ways. First, most importantly, it represented our government stating the unvarnished truth about race relations in our country. In response to three simple questions from President Johnson—What happened? Why did it happen? What … [Read more...] about “Honoring the Promise” by Shaun Donovan (January-March 2018 P&R Issue)
By Sherrilyn Ifill (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) People think: everybody has a race, and so everybody knows about race. But civil rights is actually an incredibly complex discipline. To do this work, certainly to do this work as a litigator, requires that you understand history, that you understand sociology, that you understand economics, that you … [Read more...] about “A Matter of Democratic Survival” by Sherrilyn Ifill (January-March 2018 P&R Issue)
By Stephen Menendian & Richard Rothstein (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) Fifty years ago the nation confronted a historical choice, but did not act. In 1968 a special commission— established by President Lyndon Johnson to investigate why uprisings broke out in more than 100 cities the previous year—warned that America was hurtling down a destructive … [Read more...] about “Reflections on Kerner at 50: Introduction” by Stephen Menendian & Richard Rothstein (January-March 2018 P&R Issue)
By Justin Steil & Nicholas Kelly (Click here to view the entire P&R issue) After years of sustained pressure from civil rights advocates and support from across the housing and community development field, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in July of 2015 at last issued the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. On January 5, 2018, … [Read more...] about “Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: HUD Suspends AFFH Rule that was Delivering Meaningful Civil Rights Progress” by Justin Steil & Nicholas Kelly (October-December 2017 P&R Issue)