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ERIC Number: EJ885567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0077-5762
The Premise of Black Inferiority: An Enduring Obstacle Fifty Years Post-"Brown"
O'Connor, Carla
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v105 n2 p316-336 Oct 2006
Gloria Ladson-Billings explains in her chapter that, in part, the promise of "Brown v. Board of Education" has not been realized because it was premised on black inferiority. She elaborates that "instead of addressing the underlying pathology of the defendant--White supremacy"--the evidence, case, and accordant ruling "pathologized the plaintiff." Although the premise of black inferiority predates "Brown," 50 years post-"Brown" they are no closer to eradicating this premise from the imagination of the U.S. public. In this response chapter, the author's analysis begins by elucidating how the premise of black inferiority was articulated in the written opinion of "Brown." She then discusses some of the ways this premise haunts contemporary academic and popular discourse on black achievement. She denotes how these academic and public discourses and these teacher perspectives pathologize black people. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education