Unseeing the Unjust Reality — Adam Restored Ministries

The phrase, unseeing the unjust reality, suggest to me intentionality. The sudden conjecture led to a revisit of the prefix “un.” Hmm!

A prefix meaning “not,” freely used as an English formative, giving negative or opposite force in adjectives and their derivative adverbs and nouns and less freely used in certain other nouns.

The revisit paid off. Unseen, a familiar word, was listed as one of the adjective examples. Somehow, the judgment of intentionality faded. Instead, the import of the impact heightened.

Unseeing the Unjust Reality

Would you like to grasp the context? “Systemic ‘Unseeing’ and the Personal Nature of Identity” is a subtitle in a book I am reading (Linker, 2015). I have referred to this book in several blog posts. Be sure I will write many more posts as I continue to read. Listen to the sentence that illuminates the full context:

“Educational institutions, political systems, and economic and business interests all perpetuate biases by unseeing the unjust reality of social inequality and focusing almost exclusively on the interests of the most privileged and socially powerful.”

Did You See or Unsee the Bias?

Did you See or Unsee the bias in my very first sentence? Immediately, when reading this subsection of the book, I added a negative connotation of intentional to the word “unseeing.” Some aspect of self-identifying with a social identity engendered an interpretation of the authors meaning. Nevertheless, the very purpose of me reading the book is to enhance critical thinking for social justice. It is working.

What Just Happen?

What just happen is explained in the very next sentence of the text:

“One of the very significant factors that make social identity and social difference so difficult to discuss is that there are multiple and related systemic elements that work together to unsee and hence unspeak about the complexity of our experiences.”

My Social Justice Icon

In conclusion, I believe my instant judgment of the intent of a word is minuscule to the mosaic nature of conversations on social justice. I digress to my Social Justice Icon, Jesus Christ, and his mission:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18

May He influence my seeing and my unseeing!

Linker, M. (2015). Intellectual Empathy — Critical Thinking for Social Justice. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

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President, Director at Adam Restored Ministries, Inc.

Charlton Alexander, the founder of Adam Restored Ministries, Inc., is passionate about reaching others who may not know that depth of love that God has for fallen humanity.He believes gender, marital, and sexual wholeness can be achieved when one’s eye is single toward God’s glory.


Originally published at adamrestoredministries.org on April 16, 2017.