Values File

It is not a superficial flaw in an otherwise perfect

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Unformatted text preview: ep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; when your first name becomes "nigger," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are) and your last name becomes "John," and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you no forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness" then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience. SLHS Value File Narratives Bad Narratives can be good, but threaten to stand in for normalizing or hegemonic culture Susan Bandes, Professor of Law at DePaul University, UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO LAW REVIEW, Spring 1996, p. 384-385 Each individual is situated in her own experience. Moreover, in order to interpret and understand that experience, each individual must filter it through the lens of her own point of view. Who we are determines what we notice, what seems important, how we react to it, what connections we draw, and what meaning we attach to things. Thus, both the stories we hear and the stories we tell are shaped by who we are. Before our experiences can be imported into the legal con- text, they must pass through yet another filter, this one constructed by the law, and consisting of specific legal rules that govern our ability to understand, structure, and talk about experience. The conventions of legal narrative govern not only which narratives are appropriate or permitted in which legal settings, but also how these...
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