Mea Culpa challenges its readers. In a different era, might we have been slave owners or proprietors of a racially segregated establishment? It’s easy to judge immorality in the hindsight of history, but what current practices and policies will later generations regret?
More than a historical survey, this volume offers a framework for resolving some of the most contentious social problems of our time. Drawing on his background as a legal scholar, Bender tackles immigration, the death penalty, the war on terror, reproductive rights, welfare, wage inequity, homelessness, mass incarceration, and same-sex marriage. Ultimately, he argues, it is the dehumanization of human beings that allows for practices to occur that will later be marked as regrettable. And all of us have a stake in standing on the side of history that resists dehumanization.A blurb of note:
More information is available here."A fascinating book that explores how American government has come to adopt policies that it regards in hindsight with great regret. Bender does a superb job of exploring both historical and current regrettable decisions and shows that they are all based on dehumanizing others. He offers a path forward based on a law founded on compassion. Through powerful examples and clear writing, Bender has written a book that is profound in its observations and conclusions and that deserves a wide readership."—Erwin Chemerinsky