A liberal public defender shares what it is like to be a White public defender in a southern metropolitan area where most of his clients are poor Blacks. His perceptions of his clients will bring forth a myriad of emotions. I found mine running the gamut — compassion, shame, anger, denial, resolve, and commitment to renewal. It almost felt like those stages of grief psychological experts have determined that humans experience after a great personal loss.
I believe I understand this public defenders journey and how his experiences have led him to his final assessment. Although I appreciate his conviction to continue to serve his clientele, I disagree strongly with his final assessment.
Via: Michael Smith