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July 18, 2013

A Systems View of (In)Justice

“The point is that justice was always going to elude Trayvon Martin, not because the system failed, but because it worked.”

 – Robin D. G. Kelley


|Photo by Ben Sutherland|http://www.flickr.com/photos/bensutherland/8496877807|

The post below is a somewhat edited version of one that appeared on this blog a year ago.  As we have continued to have conversations at IISC and with our partners about the implications of the verdict in the George Zimmerman case, one thing that has become clear about who and where we are as a country is that there is an overall inability and/or resistance to thinking about racism from a systemic perspective. As evidence, we hear comments such as, “Race did not have anything to do with this verdict.  The women on the jury are not racist.”  Or, “Justice was done.  The jury followed the letter of the law.”   Read More

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