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Do the Right Thing: Understanding the Interest-Convergence Thesis
Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy (2012)
  • Stephen M. Feldman, University of Wyoming
Abstract
Professor Derrick Bell was one of the most influential constitutional scholars of the last fifty years. His insights spurred civil rights scholars as well as thinkers in other fields. One of his most important legacies is the interest-convergence thesis, which asserts that, historically, African Americans gained social justice primarily when their interests converged with the interests of the white majority. In a recently published article, Rethinking the Interest-Convergence Thesis, Professor Justin Driver calls this legacy into question. This Essay defends the interest-convergence thesis from Driver’s attack. It argues that the analytical flaws he identifies only exist by dint of his fundamental misreading of the interest-convergence thesis.
Keywords
  • critical race theory,
  • social justice,
  • interest-convergence,
  • Derrick Bell
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Publication Date
2012
Citation Information
Stephen M. Feldman. "Do the Right Thing: Understanding the Interest-Convergence Thesis" Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy Vol. 106 (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/stephen_m_feldman/40/