Racial justice is the term for all efforts to create equitable institutional treatment and equal opportunity for people of color and to confront the systemic racial discrimination that prevents this. Working on all levels of society—political, educational, judicial, economic, business, religious, and social—racial justice focuses on proactive policies, practices, and attitudes that readjust opportunities, power distribution, and resources equitably to all members of society, regardless of ethnicity. We’ve started gathering valuable information on this topic, but haven’t yet curated the findings.
What began as a statement by an accused prisonor became, over the 29 minutes it took Mandela to deliver it, his best known and most important speech. It was a recounting of his story up to that point, an expression of his views and a morally forceful argument on behalf of his cause.
Muhammad Ali, who died in 2016 at the age of seventy-four, was the most fantastical American figure of his era, a self-invented character of such physical wit, political defiance, global fame, and sheer originality that no novelist you might name would dare conceive him.
Nelson Mandela was by nature an optimist, but he was as hard-headed as they come. He did not embrace the consoling view of history that, as Martin Luther King said (in a line often quoted by Barack Obama), “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.