I Dissent | Reflections

Debbie Levy. (Illustrations by Elizabeth Baddeley). I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark. Simon & Schuster, 2016.

Disagreeing does not make a person disagreeable. In fact, it can change the world!


Today, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died. This news hits hard, given our context. The mourning is palpable, and the politiking barely hours away from her death is nausiating. 5 minutes into our family’s “news-grief,” my daughter came into my office and handed me this book from her library (prompted by mom). With gratitude and emotion, I read it to cope and commemorate.

Ginsburg is an American marvel, someone who deserves every accolade, who fought vehemently against a system and culture that did not grant her the worth enough to achieve. In the face of the “three strikes” against her (being Jewish, a woman, and a mother), she won, and society won with her. May the commendations that are flooding the feeds evince the continued fight to persist, nevertheless. And, in honor of all great heroes, let us honor the fullness of her ethical convictions. After all, to honor the dead, we should consider carefully how they lived in addition to the what for which they lived.

To that end, let us continue a fierce and unashamed advocacy for the equal rights of all people, especially those who have been marginalized by society. Let us speak boldly and with wit against nonsense and irresponsible reasoning. Let us push back the forces that seek to oppress. But let us also remember that she was a dear friend to her ideological rival, Justice Scalia. Let us also avoid being disagreeable. And let us not just fight to win, but also to be winsome.

And so, appropriately, the back cover of the book reads, and exhorts us to:


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