What is social justice? I love this question because it poses many questions that we all need to ponder over. As a country we are in a constant state of fighting for what we believe in. That is the beauty of this country, that is why people immigrate here. Even so, when protesting for the freedoms that we all rightly deserve we need to be careful that it is worth fighting for. When you look up the term “Social Justice” in the MW dictionary it says, “a state or doctrine of egalitarianism” (Merriam Webster, Incorporated). This definition did not help me much because I had no idea what egalitarianism meant, but when looking it up it said this... Egalitarianism, “ social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people”(Merriam-Webster, Incorporated). So when I broke it down I understood the dictionary definition of Social justice to be the “State or doctrine of” “advocating the removal of inequality.” This definition was encouraging yet confusing for me. On one hand I was pleasantly surprised that there is actually a definition for something that we struggle to find a meaning, but it confused me a little because we don't just need to advocate for the removal of inequality, we need to fight for the removal of inequality.
Bailey, Ellyn R., "What is Social Justice?" (2020). Social Justice Class Papers. 36.
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