Move over social injustice and make way for ‘spatial injustice’

Move over social injustice and make way for ‘spatial injustice’

Nope, you can stop guessing. “Spatial injustice” is not a paucity of safe spaces — though it is an invention of the same mentality that gave rise to such indispensable life aids of the Left as microaggressions and gender pronouns. Rather, spatial injustice is a phenomenon found in urban hubs with elaborate highway systems, which allow the 1% to escape to the insular comfort of the suburbs, while the inner-city working poor are relegated to their walkups, etc. Be sure to add car culture to your glossary of grievances.

According to Campus Reform:

The University of California-Los Angeles is offering a technology class this summer examining how “car culture” contributes to “spatial injustice.”

The course, “LA Tech City: Digital Technologies and Spatial Injustice,” will be offered through the UCLA Digital Humanities department and will be taught by Professor Todd Presner and Professor Dana Cuff.

“Students will investigate spatial justice and injustice in the multi-ethnic city through the lens of three thematic technologies,” the syllabus states, listing cars and highways, the Internet, and film and media as factors that contribute to spatial injustice.

The article goes on to note that the term spatial injustice was coined by Edward Soja, who taught urban planning at UCLA until his death in 2015. In a 2009 monograph, Soja lamented the “production of unjust geographies and spatial structures of privilege” within cities, which he argued were “aggravated further by racism, patriarchy, heterosexual bias.”

Students who take the course at UCLA will learn how “roads and highways have contributed to racial and economic segregation” in the city of Los Angeles because “the automobile has provided differential and territorial access” to “particular segments” of the city’s population, while other segments were displaced to make room for new infrastructure. At the end of the course, students are given assault rifles and sent out into the streets to reclaim them in the name of spatial justice.

I made up that last sentence, though this type of response would be a natural outgrowth of the brainwashing taking place at universities across the nation. Don’t be surprised if one of these days a group of students whipped into a frenzy by such well-intentioned but potentially incendiary grievance mongering does just what I’ve described.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.

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