Alright, Then, I’ll Go to Hell
Glynn Cardy reflects on justice with help from Mark Twain
Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, with I suspect more faith than certainty, that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” I wonder if he was alive today, and seeing the incarceration of so many black men, and the police shooting of so many black people, and the backward laws of so many states making it harder for black Americans to vote, whether he’d still have that sense of optimism. I suspect so.
Justice is like the word love. It can be defined in all sorts of ways. Catching the ‘bad guy’ and locking him up can be seen as justice. Legislation to build bigger prisons can be seen as justice. Laws to right past wrongs can be seen as justice. There is retributive justice, procedural justice, and restorative justice. There are institutions of justice, and the dreams of justice. See more…