ERIC Number: EJ939712
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 12
The Paradoxical Aftermath of "Brown"
Multicultural Perspectives, v6 n4 p12-17 2004
In this article, the author shares perspectives on "Brown v. Board of Education" that are not focused only on the immediate aftermath but range across the 50 years since. They are compilations of the perspectives and experiences of students and teachers of color more generally as they have navigated the "mazeways" of promises and perils that accompanied desegregation developments in the aftermath of the "Brown" decision. Despite falling short of its ideal effects, "Brown" still stands as a momentous accomplishment and a beacon of hope. Many people will be revisiting and re-visioning its importance during this year of its half-century anniversary. Whatever their particular attitudes, reactions, politics, and positions, people who reflect deeply and critically on "Brown" will not come away from the experience unaffected. Some will point with pride and amazement at such a grand legacy; others will agonize over its unfulfilled promises; some will see challenges, opportunities, and invitations in the work yet to be done to make equality a reality for all; and still others will be discouraged by what appears to be so little accomplished in the last 50 years. The author begins her reflections with an overview reaction and follows that with elaborations of some of the ideas included therein.
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Racial Discrimination, Racial Segregation, Reflection, Figurative Language, Barriers, Social Change, Critical Theory, Social Justice, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Phenomenology, African American Attitudes, African American Education, Intellectual History, Desegregation Litigation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education