Steven Jungkeit reports and reflects on this past October’s Wheels of Justice journey through the American South. The article appears in The Link, a publication from Americans for Middle East Understanding (AMEU). AMEU strives to create in the United States a deeper appreciation of the culture, history and current events in the Middle East through publicizing and amplifying the efforts of other organizations working toward similar ends. http://www.ameu.org
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In his literary study “Beginnings,” the late Edward Said cautions against trusting origin stories. He casts doubt on the possibility of achieving a beginning, for any beginning, whether that of a novel or an idea, is always a fictitious proposition. We never begin, really, but only continue, following a story that is already underway. Every story, every idea, every institution, is merely a continuation of what already exists. And yet stories do begin. Journeys are set in motion, even if it is impossible to affix a clear origin of that story, of that journey.
So it is with the Wheels of Justice, a journey that took nearly thirty people through the American South this past October. It’s a journey that began in Old Lyme, Connecticut, one that passed through 12 states, while covering over 3,000 miles. It’s a journey that ended ten days later.