Racial Equality, Justice, And Fairness Essay

1475 Words Oct 28th, 2016 6 Pages
Robert H. Jackson declared on one occasion that “it is not the function of the government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error,” clearly placing the continuance of his work- exposing injustice- into the capable hands of the ordinary citizen. Jackson’s bold step in the form of the Nuremberg trials reminded the international community that the ideals of equality, justice, and fairness extend to all members of the human race, despite the atrocities they committed. In this way, Jackson speaks to citizens of the international community 70 years later, reminding us to expose injustice wherever it is found, while keeping our own values of equality, justice, and fairness intact. This begins with the recognition by the citizen that their voice is not inconsequential. Once the fundamental is attained, the second necessary ingredient in exposing injustice is becoming an upstanding citizen of the global community. To conclude, one must retain equality, justice, and fairness in their labors to unveil inequity in efforts not to perpetrate further injustice.
Jackson’s prompting that “it is the function of the citizen to keep the government from falling into error” brings to light the fundamental issue “the citizen” must deal with in order to expose injustice- inadequacy. The ordinary citizen falls into the trap of self-doubt and marginalization of their singular power against the seemingly…

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