The first step towards change is understanding, and spreading awareness. Justice can only be brought about after clearly identifying injustice.
Historically disadvantaged communities are often the targets of hate speech, and the near explicit backing that nationalist groups in the country receive should not be entirely surprising. It is a pre-existing condition of our country to use our laws to justify the most or near greatest forms of invisible inequity.
Justice is the search for truth, the search for equity with knowledge gained from prosecutors, defendants, society and history, but that search involves the lived experiences of women and men upended by systemic injustices, like fixed bail systems and mandatory minimum sentences, that have sent countless people of color to mass incarceration.
“Dude,” my brother-in-law said a few years before Captain America: Civil War, “Black Panther...is finally going to be in a movie.”
Duke has sought from its founding to provide “real leadership in the educational world.” As our university transforms in the twenty-first century, we must articulate how its values should be implemented, particularly with respect to its core mission of scholarship and teaching.
Since Christopher Nolan’s reimagined comic book epic released on DVD in December 2008, I’ve viewed The Dark Knight a few times a month without ever second guessing its timelessness.
Maryam, a 5-year-old girl, had the courage to stop and tell us that we, as citizens of the United States, are not doing enough.