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Do We Care Enough About Racial Inequality? Reflections on The River Runs Dry

By
Guy-Uriel E. Charles
Posted on Dec. 1, 2009

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In Do We Care Enough About Racial Inequality? Reflections on The River Runs Dry, Professor Guy-Uriel Charles focuses on the underlying assumption of West-Faulcon’s argument, namely, that the failure to take seriously the problems of inequality that afflict communities of color—e.g., racial inequality in education—is a consequence of the absence of (or the failure to recognize) legal tools sufficient to the task. Charles asserts that the problem is not a lack of legal tools but the failure of the legal system—as demonstrated in the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Ricci v. DeStefano—to recognize the dignity of people of color in constitutional analysis. Accordingly, Charles argues that legal academics need to make not just legal arguments but a renewed case why we ought to care about racial inequality.



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