Category Archives: Race & Social Justice Posts

“Feds Did a Sweep” Reframing Federal Intervention in Education

By: Mischaël Cetoute Nayvadius Wilburn, professionally known as Future, is considered one of the patriarchs of the trap music movement and an expert[1] on the effects of federal involvement on Black lives. In his third consecutive number one album, Future sings of the aftermath of a federally backed police raid. “Feds Did a Sweep” opens with […]

Justice Under Law, Except for Victims: How Refusing to Label the Injured as Victims is Troublesome in a Time of Race and Social Unrest

By: Julio Torres Chiseled on the front face of the classical Roman temple that is the design of the United States Supreme Court are the words “Equal Justice Under Law.” The United States judiciary, both on the federal and state levels, has promulgated the notion that it does just that: apply the law equally to […]

Racing Towards Diversity: Could the Hamilton Commission’s Report be Applied to the U.S. Legal System?

By: Jay Pinckney There is no other feeling than the adrenaline of watching your favorite driver battle for a points place or a podium position; listening to the low grumble of a V6 slowing down for a turn, turning into a high-pitched growl as the driver accelerates; and the excitement of the commentary box shouting […]

Execution and Intellectual Disability: Is Atkins being Ignored?

By: Ashley Garcia In 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Atkins that executing those with intellectual disabilities violates the “cruel and unusual punishment” clause of the 8th Amendment.[1] Noting that executing those with intellectual disabilities does not further the justifications of retribution and deterrence, the Court also stated that those “defendants in the aggregate […]