• Few of Arendt’s writings have drawn more criticism from her own supporters than “Reflections on LIttle Rock,” in which she opposes the federally mandated desegregation of schools. I take Arendt’s comments as a way of opening up problems in her conception of the relationship among political storytelling, plurality and judgment. I do this through a comparison with the work of Ralph Ellison, who responded to her piece. Ellison’s differences with Arendt are not just about race and schools but about the proper conception of language in political judgment.