All posts tagged: John Denviir

“Gimme Shelter”

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Repairing the System

A couple of months ago I happened to be walking through San Francisco’s skid row and noticed a beautiful old church. I decided to look inside. At first my eyes were drawn towards the altar, but then I noticed someone sleeping in one of the pews. As my eyes became accustomed to the darkness, I realized that almost the whole church was filled with sleeping bodies.I asked myself “Why are all these people sleeping in […]

“Is Vengeance going to bring back your son to you? Or my boy to me”?

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Legal Fictions / Repairing the System

My father’s father owned a small clothing store in the Chicago Loop. One day someone tried to rob him; he resisted, and was shot dead. I remember once asking my father whatever happened to the man who killed his father. He replied that he had been spent several years in prison and then had been paroled, I asked how he felt about this. “He paid his debt to society.” This father-son conversation from many years […]

More Dangerous than Racism

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Repairing the System / Repairing The Systen

I once read a story about the Hollywood director John Huston. One of Huston’s drinking buddies was a jockey who worshiped Huston, but only received verbal abuse in return. The abuse got to be so extreme that one of Huston’s friends finally confronted him, asking why he was so cruel to a guy who had never harmed him. Huston gave an candid response: “Because I can.” Huston felt that , unless he did something outrageous […]

Atticus Gets Real

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Book/film List / Legal Fictions

As a boy, I was deeply affected by the character of Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus is not only the loving father of Scout and Jem, but also the brave lawyer who defended a black man, Tom Robinson, falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1930’s Alabama. Before defending Tom in court, Atticus defended him from a lynch mob that attempted to storm the jail where Robinson was […]