Judith Blau is a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, president of Sociologists without Borders, U.S. and director of The Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill & Carrboro. Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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Monday, April 27, 2009
Human Rights is a Local Issue
I'm increasingly convinced that the reason why human equality, human dignity, and social pluralism are illusive in American society is that we do not have what Miguel de Unamuno called "el público" and Alexis de Tocqueville called "the public spirit." Instead, American communities, towns and cities are segregated by race, class, and citizenship status, with withered downtowns, and with no spaces for people to discuss, argue, and talk across those divides of race, class and citizenship.