Social Justice is a phrase that has been flippantly thrown around for decades. Professionals, media, politicians, activists, religious leaders, and lay people use this term to refer to a variety of different focuses. How can something so progressive in nature lack such direction among the people fighting for its cause? The reality of this lack in clarity has cluttered my thoughts over the past semester as I have plummeted into this question. One simple question has left me with many more. In a journey of self-discovery, I plan to attempt to narrow the views of many on social justice into one idea. However, the singularity of this idea does not imply its simplicity. The issue still naturally begs for complexity, and I plan to speak on those complexities in an effort to support the original defining idea. So, what is social justice? Social Justice is the faithful fight towards equitable distribution of resources and equal rights for all people, both domestically and in foreign contexts. To prevent the assumptions of what this definition does and does not mean, I will break apart each defining characteristic for further explanation.
Howell, Grace, "Thoughts on Social Justice: A Personal Manifesto" (2018). Social Justice Class Papers. 10.
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