Institutional Racism and the Reasonable Man
The encompasses the direct or indirect, intentional or negligent, infliction of physical or emotional injury, injury to reputation or economic interests, interference with use and enjoyment of land and economic losses occasioned as a result of systemic and institutionalised violence, oppression or discrimination. This chapter explains the reasonable man inhabits the doctrines of the civil and criminal law, common law principles and statutory provisions. In many important instances, the law demands of its litigating citizens to reflect, as of a mirror image, the qualities of the reasonable man. The negligent acts and omissions in the Lawrence case resulted in the most serious and involved forms of racial harm, the consequences of which will reverberate throughout both the civil and criminal justice system for many a year to come. The occasional findings that harmful acts of a racial character are unreasonable in law notwithstanding, the reasonable man of law is replete with institutionally inscribed racial knowledge.