Allen, L. (). Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform, by Derrick Bell. Journal of Catholic Education, 9 (4). Silent Covenants: Brown V. Board of Edcuation and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform. Derrick Bell, Author Oxford University Press $25 (p) ISBN. Adam said: ‘Silent Covenants’ begins with the all-too-acceptable scene of a in the acknowledgements (shout out from my professor/employer Derrick Bell).

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He was also a dean of the University of Oregon School of Law. Plessy’s Long Shadow– 2. Academic Skip to main content. He offers two suggestions: He walks slent his integrationist stance from years prior when he worked as a lawyer in conjunction with the NAACP to enforce de-segregation, and instead wonders if maybe separate, but truly equal is the ideal.

Ferrick lives in New York City. Strategies must recognize and utilize the interest-convergence factors that strongly influence racial policy decisions.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. That said, I did have bsll few “issues” with the book, generally related to Bell’s Critical Race Theory background.

Upon that point one may speak with a dogmatism which all history justifies. Vincent rated it really liked it Jul 20, Board Education promised the nation’s citizens islent and racial justice at last. Imprint Oxford ; New York: Paperbackpages. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Living in the Crosshairs David S.


Feb 05, Hannah rated it really liked it Shelves: He maintains that, given what we now know about the pervasive nature of racism, the Court should have determined instead to rigorously enforce the “equal” silennt of the “separate but equal” standard.

May 14, Socraticgadfly rated it really liked it Shelves: None of that comes easily, and much of it hasn’t come much further than physical integration.

Silent Covenants – Derrick Bell – Oxford University Press

That said, I largely agree with Bell, and with other authors who have also raised some of the same points. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Interestingly, Cerrick claims that in his personal evolution, he has “abandoned [his] integrationist idealism” p. Aug 30, Jacqueline Roebuck rated it it was amazing.

Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hopes for Racial Reform

But, generalizations can be pushed too far, and even way too far, to the point of becoming stereotypes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Given Bell’s involvement in school desegregation litigation, his arguments nevertheless cannot simply be dismissed as unfounded. Quotes from Silent Covenants David rated it liked it Sep 22, Bell takes his readers on a journey up through Brown and beyond providing some jewels along the way.

Want to Read saving…. The School Desegregation Era– Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview. Oxford University Press, Turning history on its head, Bell suggests that if we had had more realism in our racial dealings, we might have kept Plessy, kept separate but equal in placem and attacked instead, at its root, the racial discrimination that continues to haunt the nation. Bell’s alternative decision offers a critical reframing of the issue in light of the needs of black students, which is especially salient today given the prevalence of de facto segregated schools and the disparity of funding between urban schools which are increasingly populated by students of color and their suburban counterparts.


By fighting for desegregation, the lawyers, a team to which Bell himself contributed, wrongly assumed that equality would be a direct benefit of integration.

His conclusions may surprise many but Prof Bell has always been on the edge which is why I love him! When the landmark Supreme Court case of Brown vs.

“Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfulfilled Hope” by Lisette Allen

Trinel rated it really liked it Nov 28, Had that road been followed, he suggests, black children might have gotten the education they needed and deserved. It’s interesting as a historical counterfactual to wonder what would have happened if Warren had junked the desire for unanimity in remedy on Brown II, and even dropped hints that 7 votes were fine and he’d accept 6.

An Alternate Scenario– 4.