The 21st Show

Book: Justice Deferred


People of a certain age got used to thinking of the US Supreme Court as a protector of civil rights — from desegregation in Brown v. Board, to the case that gave police Miranda warnings their name. But a new book argues most of the court’s record on race is more “distressing” and “disgraceful.” The 21st was joined by the book's co-authors, a University of Illinois professor emeritus and a lawyer who used to work for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to talk about the court's history with race. 


Orville Vernon Burton

Judge Matthew J. Perry Jr. Distinguished Professor of History, Clemson University | Emeritus University Scholar and Professor of History, University of Illinois | Author, “The Age of Lincoln”

Armand Derfner

Partner, Derfner & Altman | Previously counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund



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