Justice For All; CRLC Challenge

The June 4, 2020, prompt from Charli Mills at Carrot Ranch: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about justice for all. It does not have to take place in America. Injustice exists anywhere. What is the story behind justice for all? Go where the prompt leads!

Injustice does exist anywhere, but the hard horrible historical and present fact is, injustice exists here. In my home country. It’s a hard truth, covered over for centuries by the thinning myths of the prevailing narratives. Solomon Burke sings, ‘If one of us is chained, none of us are free’. If one reads/hears that “us” as truly including all of us, everyone of us, the pluribus and not just this unum or that unum, there is yet some hope for all of us. There is only hope for any one of us if there can be justice for all.

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I encourage you to read Charli’s post.               In response to the Carrot Ranch challenge I present here two unrelated stories, each featuring familiar characters.                        There is also a related 99 word poem, Shutters

 

Flattening the Curve, D. Avery

The older woman slammed the loaded clip into her semiautomatic rifle. “This is for if they come by.” She tucked the handgun into her waistband. “This is if they come close.”

“Aunt Fannie!”

“What? I told you when you came here from college I was ready for anything this pandemic had to offer.” She chambered a round. “I don’t claim to be colorblind, but this rifle truly is. It delivers justice for all.”

“Auntie! You don’t have to be afraid of them.”

“Don’t I? We all do.”

“Black men aren’t inherently dangerous!”

“No shit. It’s white men I fear.”

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Destiny Dawning, D. Avery

“What’s the matter, Mommy? It’s still dark.”

“Move over?”

Marlie lifted the covers and made room. “Did you have a nightmare?”

“Actually, Marlie, I did.”

“Don’t be afraid. Teddy? Or Destiny?”

Liz took the Destiny Doll, but what she really wanted— needed— was this, to just lie close with her little girl.

“Mommy, tomorrow can you make a cape for Destiny? And one for me and one for Sofie?”

“Sure. What color?”

“Every color!”

“Like a rainbow?”

“Rainbow colors, brown colors, black colors, tan colors— every color. We’re caped crusaders. Justice! For all!”

“Marlie, I’m feeling less afraid now.”

 

20 thoughts on “Justice For All; CRLC Challenge

  1. Your pieces both very effectively speak strongly for justice for all. I like that you got the inter-generational thing going. Not one generation owns it. We’re all in it together and have to stamp out injustice wherever we see it. I’ve always believed that education was the way. Now, I think it needs even more power.

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    • I hadn’t thought about the generations n these stories, was just using characters I already had. The old lady is my Fannie Hooie from prompts past who seems to always have her grand-niece around. Had I more words I would have tried to show more the younger woman’s well intentioned contradictions, but hopefully her assumptions about her aunt’s intentions reveal her own bias. None of us are perfect but could start by being honest.
      Marlie I use as her mother did here. She makes me feel better.
      Yep, we all own it. As I count the days I have even more to reflect on regarding education. The structures of education have likely changed forever due to the coivid virus, but this pandemic of hate/fear will also affect education, hopefully for the good. The administration that couldn’t be bothered or show compassion for the violence in our schools now incites it in our streets and communities. He allows America to hate again, brings inhumanity home. There’s his 9 word tag line. Hopefully we will find more power, show that we also have the power to love, heal, forgive and forge a better way.
      Thanks Norah.

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      • Yes, we need more of Marlie, and more Marlies. We do need change in education. I do still think it’s the one thing that can change the world. But it needs to change first.
        Effective tag line for we all know who. May the goodness of the American people shine through in this time of need.

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    • Something heavy on my heart, Norah, is how systemic racism is in our nation and how schooling has been a cornerstone of that institution. I’m glad you taught me that education is different from schooling. We do need education.

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  2. We’ve a long way to go before we can even admit our blind spots, let alone clear them away. But we’ve got to start somewhere, and listening with a bit of humility is a good place to start. Guns? Not so much. (K)

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