Obama & Teachable Moments

If I teach Constitution Law again, I think I’ll be assigning

the speech

Barack Obama just gave. (I just posted on this over at

XX Factor

as well). Always seems to me that the toughest thing about teaching Con Law is that in some ways it’s a course about race– but students find it very hard to talk about race. Slavery, segregation, educational achievement, poverty, affirmative action…. these are all issues that make some students belligerent and other students miserably silent. Obama just took on some of the most painful issues… and gave everyone

permission to be mixed up

and confused. Can’t think of a better way to help jump start an honest conversation about the many ways in which issues of race have inflected American constitutional jurisprudence.