8th November 2016


To practice law in Harlem requires more than a professional identification with these kinds of cases. It involves more than knowledgeability about the neighborhood and something different from just sympathy for the people of the ghetto. Humanitarian idealism is pretentious in Harlem and turns out to be irrelevant. It is, rather, more important to experience the vulnerability of daily life. It is necessary to enter into and live with the ambiguity and risk the attrition of human existence. In a way, it is even more simple than that; it is just essential to become and to be poor.

~~William Stringfellow


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