America – Social Justice Issues of the Past, Present & Future
This website will convey an unbiased, in-depth look into what makes America tick in regards to social justice and the issues that have effected this great nation both positively and negatively.
We will explore issues of the past, the present and the social justices of today’s society. We encourage you to join in our adventure and exploration of social justice, equality and the very concept of selflessness.
The definition, the past and what we can take away from both
The very term of “Social Justice” was first expressed in 1840 by a Sicilian priest. The concept and the need for social responsibilities existed long before but as in all of history, a label and definition was necessary to fully express the issue. John Stuart Mill wrote the following quote in his book “Utilitarianism, Liberty and Representative Government:
… we should treat all equally well… who have deserved equally well of us, and that society should treat all equally well who have deserved equally well of it, that is, who have deserved equally well absolutely. This is the highest abstract standard of social and distributive justice; towards which all institutions, and the efforts of all virtuous citizens, should be made in the utmost degree to converge.
Eventually Social Justice was a label used to plead social reform for peasants who were displaced or uprooted and whom became the urban workers.
It’s about benefiting society’s collective interests, human rights, social equality and providing equal resources to the foundation of what it means to not only be alive but to progress both socially, intellectually and monetarily for and by free individuals.
Present day Social Justice & Current Issues
Social equality and justice for all has evolved and the definition, terms surrounding the very thought or notion have adapted to accommodate the past and the present. John Rawls is a well known moral political philosopher who wrote the 1971 “A Theory of Social Justice” and presented us with this quote:
Each person possesses an inviolability founded on justice that even the welfare of society as a whole cannot override. For this reason justice denies that the loss of freedom for some is made right by a greater good shared by others”
Maxine Greene pointed out that Rawls isn’t pushing the “greater good” as a relative term for a higher being than humans but that he’s referring to a free thinking society.
Is social justice about redistribution of wealth, income and power? These are the questions being asked in current news. Was it not originally a morale compass that free thinkers could use to make choices? The root of the argument is a division of society and state. The dreaded word: “Government.” Is it really social justice if the government enforces equality? Aren’t we as a people and society supposed to enforce our own social justice when dealing with modern day issues of our lives?
Social policy is aspired by democratic societies of the world who seek peace and harmony in the world. It sounds “hippieish” doesn’t it? You have to examine the root of this statement and realize that peace and harmony isn’t just flower beds of roses and butterflies. In order to have a productive society, you must not have a foundation of strife and war. Wars are fought over social inequalities whether it be over the distribution of wealth, education or social status.