I am puzzled by those who focus on white attitudes as the lever for changing black disadvantage. Attitudes are a particularly ineffective lever for change. We don’t know how to change people’s attitudes, and attitude change doesn’t always change material circumstances. However, sometimes we manage to change attitudes when implementing policies that create integration … [Read more...] about The Gautreaux Experience
Watching children chained to each other in Chicago's Juvenile Court causes me to think of Derrick Bell. The racialized image of bondage, slavery and chain gangs evoked by the passage of these youths is unavoidable. Yet hundreds of committed employees carry on each day, undismayed by this silent assault on the dignity of children. I hear Professor Bell whisper to me when I … [Read more...] about Is Racism Permanent?