I feel that Davidson is grandstanding and will very soon become a cog in the same machine she so loathes. Is there a crime that there is sunlight in the judge's chambers but not in the courtroom? If she doesn't like the justice system she is welcome to join the local branch of the ACLU. Yet, she chooses to exploit the terrible system for her added resume line.
I do appreciate Davidson's sentiments in trying to effectuate change from within the system. The system itself has deep problems, but getting people within it to think differently and potentially act differently is also very valuable. If we would resort to simply criticizing the system and avoiding it, or relying on others to change it, then we should not be surprised that the system would not change.
I think Davidson actually grapples with the question about whether to work within the system or against it very well. She acknowledges, as we did in our discussion, that quitting altogether (or as Andromeda suggests, working at the ACLU instead) isn't the solution, and instead, using her role as a clerk to incite change where she is able may in fact be a much more effective solution.
People should be free to express their true feelings towards the writing we are tasked with critiquing. For this reason, we should probably not be reading material that is written by our current classmates
i think this entire conversation demonstrates our need to reframe how we think about crime in our society. we have a very punitive system and cultural tradition, and we tend to individualize and then demonize specific parties involved in a crime, from the victim, to the defendant, to the sentencing judge. If we view crime in this retributive, almost vengeance driven manner, all we do is end up filling prisons that do not address any of the societal ills that lead to the vast majority of criminal activity. What we are doing in this criminal justice system does not prevent crime or make society better. If we actually tried to address the social causes of criminal activity (lack of education, poverty, mental illness, etc.) maybe we can actually make a safer more progressive society we can all be happier in.
It's actually encouraging that so many of you have such strong feelings towards these kinds of topics. Regardless of what side of the pendulum that you all are on. I say this because I absolutely do not give a fuck about any of this.
I feel like we place America's issues at the top of our priority list, which to some of you might be justified. I couldn't give a fuck about trying to fix America even if I tried (which is why I'm encouraged so many of you care so much). If you step outside of America you get to see how fucked the world really is. Sometimes I wish HLS students would think about how they want to fix the world and not just America
@Barnards Star Many of us have stepped outside America and indeed have seen how fucked up the world outside America is. It is our love for America and the fact that we fear that America would "devolve" towards the conditions of the "World outside America" that fuels our criticisms...