The Justice Project is launching a new video series called “What Justice Means to Me.” Through this initiative The Justice Project initiates a dialogue about justice from outside of academic parameters and normative social boundaries.
The new direction of this dialogue begins with The Justice Project’s Executive Director’s, Noah benShea, video interview of a founder of the infamous Crips street gang, Angelo “Barefoot Pookie” White. Set in Angelo’s home in Watts, California, Noah and Angelo share a frank and intimate discussion about the history of street violence in Los Angeles, alternative directions for disenfranchised youth, and what justice means to Angelo (see the interview below).
When asked what justice meant to him, Angelo answered succinctly and with poignant candor by saying “it is ‘just us.’” From this perspective, justice becomes defined by how you and your immediate ‘gang’ of fellow aspirants overcome the societal obstacles that prevent your attainment of a more equitable life. Additionally, those on the upper end of the economic ladder act to serve individual interests in a “just us” mentality.
With this subjectivity of justice in mind, the Justice Project moves forward with broadcasting definitions of justice from those outside of traditional panelists and mainstream scholars. Following the interview with Angelo White, The Justice Project will broadcast definitions of justice from a unique spectrum of individuals, including extreme athletes and the director of a youth gang ministry.
In addition, The Justice Project welcomes submissions from YOU. With an open invitation to people from all walks of life to submit a video of what justice means to you, The Justice Project intends to broaden the conversation about our many definitions of justice. Through dialogue, The Justice Project intends to break the boundaries separating “just us” from “all of us.” Please contact us to submit your video.
Visit the What Justice Means to me page to view the rest of the videos.