In case you've been under a rock, today is the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court ruling that forced integration (not that the ten years it took to enforce the decision counts very much toward seeing it as forced). I don't really have anything to say about this. I was hoping to have something by now, but I simply don't. I did find a number of interesting discussions at other places, most of them from the beginning of the month.
Avery at Stereo Describes My Scenario discusses some of the external barriers Brown removed (though at a high cost, and he doesn't think integration for its own sake is even a good). Crispus gives some more specifics on the good that was accomplished but laments some of those internal barriers. Stuart Buck at The Buck Stops Here argues more carefully what that cost was. If he's right, Brown v. Board was directly responsible for destroying some good schools -- black schools -- and indirectly responsible for some of the degree of badness in inner city schools today. However, he also points out that internal barriers have taken their place. La Shawn Barber argues that, however good the effects, the decision was unconstitutional. Eugene Volokh has a series of three posts discussing those very constitutional issues in more detail.