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The Spiral of Injustice eBook Series

Published by the Wassmuth Center, each eBooklet further examines the Spiral of Injustice through shared scholarship and story. Etched in the stone of the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial, Mahatma Gandhi reminds us to “make injustice visible” – and the ebooks are written to do just that. 

The Spiral of Injustice presents a downward spiral to explore injustice through the devolving sequence of language, avoidance, discrimination, violence, and elimination. As a model, the Spiral counters static images of injustice to present the fluidity and the internal and external motions of a community where injustice becomes publicly apparent.

It rests on a fundamental principle that the biases one has are not inherent but rather learned through individual, cultural, and institutional prejudices and reinforced through acts of discrimination that are witnessed and performed throughout one’s life. While one cannot be divorced from their social and historical context, it is important to understand that what has been learned can be unlearned. 

Fundamental to understanding and dissecting the devolution of injustice is that each stage acts individually and in concert with others to normalize bias, promote and codify discrimination, and lead to the devolution of the next corresponding stage.

The Spiral of Injustice eBooks

THE SPIRAL OF INJUSTICE

Born Black

THE SPIRAL OF INJUSTICE

When Humanity Devolves

THE SPIRAL OF INJUSTICE

Words Have Weight

THE SPIRAL OF INJUSTICE

The LGBTQ Lived Experience

THE SPIRAL OF INJUSTICE

In Pursuit of Human Rights

Videos

Spiral Speak: Racial Injustice

Join the conversation. Explore the history and contemporary impact of racial injustice in the United States through the lens of the Spiral of Injustice.

Spiral Speak: Anti-Semitism

A roundtable discussion on the history of anti-semitism and the spread of disinformation. Historical hatred toward Jewish people followed the spiral of injustice – the categorization and use of language to define this group, “The Other,” followed by avoidance, discrimination, violence, and elimination.

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