October 10, 2017

Social Justice Tuesday, PILF Reminder, and NFL / Charlottesville / Campus Protests

It’s the second Tuesday of the month and that means Social Justice Tuesday at Loyola! This week’s panel includes presentations on how law students can make their concern for social justice a part of their professional work. This can include becoming involved in Loyola’s Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). Today’s panel will be held in the Burns Lounge at Noon. Cookies will be served.

And speaking of PILF . . .  Do attend the annual PILF auction on Saturday, October 14, which marks the 25th anniversary of this event. As mentioned, the theme this year is James Bond. Click here for more information.

This week saw more protests on both sides of social justice. On Saturday, white nationalists returned to Charlottesville with their tiki-torches, again chanting racially charged epitaphs. In related news, DeAndre Harris, an African-American man who was severely beaten by a mob of white supremacists at the initial Charlottesville riot in August, has himself been charged with assault. Per the news reports, a warrant for Mr. Harris’ arrest was issued after the purported “victim” went to a magistrate’s office to obtain the warrant. Mr. Harris apparently had used a flashlight to defend himself after being bludgeoned by white nationalists, one of which also tried to “spear” him with a pole draped with the Confederate flag.  

By contrast, support for social justice includes increased student activism targeting campus ties to slavery, such as the #silentsam movement at the University of North Carolina. At UNC, the protests have focused on memorials to Julian Carr, who gave a UNC dedication speech in 1913 in which he referenced the “pleasing duty” of publically whipping an African-American woman. Similar concerns have been raised at Duke University, where Carr also has donated land. This conversation has also occurred at numerous other college campuses, with a symposium scheduled this month that is expected to be attended by at least 30 southern universities. And again, many NFL football players silently voiced their concern against systematic racism by taking a knee, raising a fist, or engaging in other symbolic gestures, during the playing of the national anthem at football games.