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Overcoming Delusion: Justice As Brotherhood

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"[Let us]....unite and build a great society: a society of justice where none would prey upon the weakness of others; a society of plenty where greed and poverty would be done away; a society of brotherhood where every man would respect the dignity and worth of human personality." From, Overcoming Delusion: Berea College and the Supreme Court's Destruction of Racial Equality, Quoting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (9/2021)

Justice as Domination: Othering

In the International Encyclopedia of Human Geography, the scholar Jean-Fran├žois Staszak defines "otherness" as follows:

Otherness is the result of a discursive process by which a dominant in group ("Us," the Self) constructs one or many dominated out-groups ("Them," Other) by stigmatizing a difference--real or imagined-- presented as a negation of identity and thus a motive for potential discrimination. To state it naively, difference belongs to the realm of fact and otherness belongs to the realms of discourse....

Domination is generally defined as: "the exercise of control or influence over someone or something, or the state of being so controlled."

In her law review article entitled : Othering and the Law, Professor Susan J. Stabile of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, while discussing acts of charity writes: "One can write a check while still maintaining a distance from the other and while maintaining a sense of power and control over the other."

By definition, "power and control over someone" is domination. And when justice is seen or pursued in terms of maintaining "power and control," then that is Justice as Domination. Our current system of justice reeks of it.

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Eric Z. Lucas is an alumnus of Stanford University (Creative Writing Major: 1972-1975), the University of Washington (1981: BA English Literature and Elementary Education) and Harvard Law School, J.D. 1986. Since law school he has been a public (more...)
 

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