My Essay provides context for the articles that query the contemporary relevance of integration. Part I addresses the challenge of understanding desegregation and its relationship to integration. Part II explores the equality rationales offered by courts and scholars to support or reject integration as the most viable method for achieving desegregation. The Essay concludes that we should move beyond substantive equality to anti-subordination strategies targeted at the deeply entrenched structural inequalities that marginalize children in poor or racially-isolated schools.
Wendy B. Scott, Desegregation Law and Jurisprudence, 1 Duke Forum for Law & Social Change 1-18 (2009).