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Human Justice

A child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi... has the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for.

—Thurgood Marshall

The problem with justice is not that it’s blind, but that it’s human. You could perhaps argue that “justice” the concept has cosmic import - that there is some sort of cosmic justice that supersedes human intervention, but not convincingly. You could also argue that justice grows from the roots of conscience, roots that grow from that within us that touches the divine, but you couldn’t prove (at least to me) that justice, the human arms of morality are unfettered by human foibles.

Justice is what we do with what we think is right and wrong. Justice is the measure we give to morality and immorality. Justice is meted out by our courts and held in balance (we hope) by our laws. “Justice” is the name we give to our nation's top judges.

Thurgood Marshall was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from October 1967 to October 1991. Marshall was the court’s 96th justice and its first African American. During his tenure Marshall shared: "A child born to a black mother in a state like Mississippi... has the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It's not true, but I chall… More...

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