Justice For All

Millions of Americans know the Pledge of Allegiance. As they place a hand over their heart, they recite it at schools, sports events, political rallies, and citizenship ceremonies. The last three words: “justice for all” reflect a guiding principle of what it means to be American.

Yet the past year has been a trying time for this country. Amid a pandemic that has taken lives at an alarming rate, the United States also experienced the biggest social movement in a generation, as millions have taken to the streets to protest racism after the recent deaths of Black Americans.  

The upheaval brings a lot of questions to mind: Is the American Dream alive and well? Or does it need a serious overhaul? What does a just society look like?