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52 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 280 (1983-1984)

handle is hein.journals/gwlr52 and id is 290 raw text is: Tilt
Wythe Holt*
Tilt exists. Tilt is a fancy and somewhat sanitized word for oppres-
sion, signifying that the bias and prejudice which everyone expe-
riences every day is neither random nor fortuitous.' Few effects of tilt
are clear and unambiguous; although some people derive a net bene-
fit from tilt, most are burdened by it. Tilt favors those with wealth,
power, and status but hurts those at the lower end of the socio-
economic scale: women, non-whites, and third-world people. Tilt also
hurts the environment. While usual, tilt is neither natural nor inevita-
ble. It is a human artifact that, like all human artifacts, is malleable
and transformable. The elimination or containment of tilt is perhaps
the world's most difficult and pressing problem; it is the project to
which we should devote our energies. Unfortunately - perhaps fa-
tally - most of the processed information we receive is devoted di-
rectly or indirectly to denying or obscuring tilt, or to convincing us
that tilt can be tamed if we will only notice tilt and stand up to it. We
are led to believe that tilt is abnormal and thus need not be studied,
or that if we are sufficiently strong, friendly, and aware tilt will even-
tually go away. Being aware, friendly, and strong has transformative
power and is infinitely better than yielding to oppression or failing to
notice it, but none of these courses of action alone will accomplish
the desired goal.
Copyright © 1984 by Wythe W. Holt, Jr.
* Professor of Law, University of Alabama. B-. 1963, Amherst College; J.D. 1966,
Ph.D. 1979, University of Virginia.
1. See Kennedy, Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy, 32 J. LEGAL
EDUC. 591, 591 (1982).
January 1984 Vol. 52 No. 2

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