Excerpt from “Public policy and love of neighbor in a time of transition”
Society is emerging in fits and starts from centuries of essentialism that defined people by race, gender, religion, and class into narrow identities with determined roles. Through recent generations, women are emerging from coverture and patriarchy; people of color are emerging from presumptions of servitude. People in established positions of dominance either adapt and share or resist and retrench. These changes only accelerate as the revolutionary logic of self-governance, human dignity, and equality works its way deeper into our cultures.
Professor Jeff Baker
Jeffrey R. Baker is an associate clinical professor of law and the director of clinical education at Pepperdine School of Law. In the Community Justice Clinic, he and his law students provide pro bono legal services to local nonprofits and global NGOs devoted to human rights, justice, and economic development among vulnerable and marginalized communities. Follow him @jrbprof.