Thursday, February 10, 2005

Little "Ward Churchills"

This morning I heard a bit of Bill Bennett's radio program while driving to work. He and his guest were discussing the controversy over Ward Churchill, and the guest (I wasn't in the car long enough to find out who it was) mentioned that at UC-Santa Cruz, they have someone even worse than Churchill -- Angela Davis.

Who's Angela Davis? Until this week I admit that I've never heard of her before. But a couple days ago a reader noted that she spoke at our local university, UW-Eau Claire, earlier this week.

Davis spoke out against the structure of the American legal system, explaining that punishment and democracy are mutually exclusive.

"The law is based on the assumption that every person that goes before it is the same as every other person," Davis said. "Can democracy exist if everyone is the same?"

Umm . . . isn't the notion that everyone's created equal one of the foundations of democracy?


2 Comments:

At 2:53 PM, Blogger Sanna said...

Exactly. We are all equally assumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law. Isn't that how Ms. Davis' charges were eventually dropped?
It seemed like the implication of her argument is that the law treats every situation the same, which is not true. Our justice system accounts for individual legal circumstances, by taking these on a case by case basis.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Sandi said...

The problem is when people take "equal" to mean "equality," or "equal rights."

"Liberty without inequality, or liberty with equality, is an oxymoron. Liberty, or freedom, and equality, are opposites. Liberty, by definition, means individuality, diversity, difference, inequality. Equality means sameness, uniformity, conformity. Free men and women are not equal, and equal men and women are not free."

 

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