Overcoming White BlindnessMeena Krishnamurthy (Queen's University)
University College 2105
1151 Richmond Street
This paper makes an argument for the democratic value of distrust. It begins by analyzing
distrust, since distrust is not merely the negation of trust. The account that it develops
is based on Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in Why We Can’t Wait. Distrust is the
confident belief that another individual, a group of individuals, or an institution will
not act justly or as justice requires. This paper argues that distrust’s democratic value
lies in its ability to temper tyranny. The main example discussed is King’s involveme
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