Brown's Legacy: The Promises and Pitfalls of Judicial Relief

11 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2005

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Deborah Jones Merritt

Ohio State University (OSU) - Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Abstract

Brown v. Board of Education marked a turning point for both civil rights and judicial activism. During the half century since Brown, social activists of all kinds have sought policy changes from the courts rather than legislatures. That trend has produced social benefits but, over time, it has also shifted political power to elites. This essay explores the possibility of retaining Brown's promise for racial equality while reinvigorating an electoral politics that would better represent many of the people Brown intended to benefit.

Keywords: race, discrimination, equality, litigation, welfare

JEL Classification: D74, J15, J7, K41

Suggested Citation

Merritt, Deborah Jones, Brown's Legacy: The Promises and Pitfalls of Judicial Relief. Negro Educational Review, Vol. 56, No. 1, January 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=691461

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