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Social Philosophy Today

Volume 16, 2000

Race, Social Identity, and Human Dignity

Kevin M. Graham
Pages 59-76
DOI: 10.5840/socphiltoday20001636

After the Buses Stop Running
Distributive Justice or Dialogue?

This paper analyzes the political and legal context in which the 1999 Omaha (Nebraska) Public Schools bond issue was proposed and approved, and the conception of social justice that underpins it. I argue that the 1999 bond issue marks a shift from an ideal of social justice centered on integration toward another ideal of justice centered on fair distribution of resources. I indicate some of the limits of this distributive conception of justice from both a theoretical and a practical point of view. I argue that distributive justice must be carried out in a context of participatory democracy in order to achieve social justice in public education in present-day Omaha.

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