The purpose of this book is to re-examine the Supreme Court's school desegregation jurisprudence and examine the current educational situation of African-American school children with the realization that American society is in the Post-Desegregation Era.
The book advances discussion of racial issues by using the Post-Desegregation Awareness, a conscious awareness that racial phenomena are comprehended against a sub silentio background of a much larger set of ideas about race and ethnicity which limit and structure their perception. The book also examines the Court's school desegregation jurisprudence from the four different conceptual schemes considered by the Post-Desegregation Awareness: Traditional Americanism, African-American Centralism, Secular Individualism, and American Collectivism.
“The author's richness of details, fresh interpretations of historical facts and trends make these chapters a powerful retelling of our nation's twisted history. Brown does a fine job of explaining how each discourse 'structures' public debates and understanding.” — Law & Politics Book Review