Stevensonʻs Justice and Identity

With all parts of the US there is discourse. But with in these few chapters of this book Just Mercy, it tells to story of Bryan Stevenson and his story of becoming a lawyer.

What: The discourse is one of the main themes in this book. He looks at the discourse of how the mass incarceration. How America can simply punish people harshly with no fear or giving them fair justice, as the prison population gets higher. Alone with the discourse playing a very big part with the position that these people in prison are in. Especially Henry who is on death row but doesn’t seem to have a huge problem with it. With Stevenson as he is just a law student and then became a real lawyer in the south. Serving the people and giving fairness for the poor, the incarnated and gave them justice. He was mainly influences by Walterʻs story and seeing how flawed the justice system is.

“Finally. Iʻve come to believe that the true mesure of our commitment to justice, the charaters of our society, our commitment ot the rule of law, fairness, and equality annot be mesured by how we treat the rich, and powerful, the privileged, and the respected among us. The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.” (Stevenson Pg.18)

So What?: Stevenson has many different social identities, with being a law student to being a lawyer. He shares many things with us as the reader, as this book takes place in the era of discrimination and the lack of civil rights it is clear to see the his morals and his different social identities in this time as an african american male has impact based on the setting he is in.

“elegant African American womenwearing a dark, expensive business suit–a well dressed exception to the usual crowd” “Iʻd rambled over to her in my regular uniform of jeans and sneakers and offered ot answer any questions she might hae to help her get acclimeted.” (Stevenson Pg. 19)

How: It affects them because it take away the voice that they have and the right and fare justice that them and everyone deserves. The U.S. just treats them not really as people but more like objects, they only see the bad and refuse to see the positive side of them and see them only as criminals.

“The legislature shall never pass any law to authorise or legalise any marriage between any white person and an Negro or decendant of a Negro.” (Stevenson Pg. 29)

Now What?: You can clearly sees that the is willing to take a stand for justice. He being a lawyer you know that he believes in his clients, getting a fare trial so people can know who they are as people. More about who they are and not what they are. When in come to social identity it always comes back to the old saying “Donʻt judge a book by itʻs cover” which we cannot help because it is apart of human nature. We all do it even if we do not mean to. When I went to my service learning this past week there was a girl and she was in her Cheer uniform and a boy needed help with a math problem so he asked on of his friends. But the girl said “I can help you.” And the boy said something a long ht lines of “You know how to do this?” and she said “What? Because I am a cheerleader I donʻt know how to do math?!” and He just stopped talking. So I just kind of sat there and watched this interaction happen and was thinking in my head how she made that boy shut up and clarified her social identity and the stereotypes that go with it.

“no evidence except that he was an African American mand involved in an adulterouse interracial affair, which meant he was reckless and possibly dangerous, even if he had no prior criminal history and a good reputation. Maybe that was evidence enough.” (Stevenson Pg. 34)