Love as Justice
The Langston Hughes Review, vol. 26, no. 1, 2020, pp. 49–76.
30 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2020
Date Written: 2020
The law, serving as a codification of the commitments and values of “White space,” often treats love and justice as separable and separate values, experiences, and institutions. Black love, on the contrary, is bound up with and, even, identified with justice. This inextricability is painted masterfully in the interstices of Zora Neale Hurston’s, Their Eyes Were Watching God. The story, widely framed as a woman’s journey to autonomy and love, is just as much the story of her search for justice. This article uses Hurston’s narrative of love and justice, Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy of humanization, and law to illustrate the implications of Black love for engaging legal justice in White space. It concludes that liberation for Black people demands humanizing legal praxis.
Keywords: Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy, Zora Neale Hurston, Law, Black Love, Race
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