The tributes to the life and work of John Hope Franklin continue to pour in. One of the best ones comes from Washington lawyer and longtime Duke Law Professor Walter Dellinger in today’s Washington Post.
He understood that the public good was not merely a set of substantive outcomes; it is also defined by how we go about reconciling our competing visions of that public good. It is about how we view one another when we peer across the great divides of policy, preference, political party and personhood. John Hope Franklin looked at those who opposed him and saw fellow human beings.