Social justice is the equal distribution of opportunities, rights, and responsibility despite differences in physical traits and/or beliefs and behavior. It is an international and multifaceted issue that fights for better treatment and equality of people.
What is Social Justice?
Social justice is a movement that evolved to aid societal issues, in which unequal treatment occurs. Initially, the term was used specifically in regards to poverty and the need for a more equal distribution of wealth and resources. Today, the term has a broader meaning that still includes the issue of poverty, but also incorporates the segregation of groups based on differing characteristics (eg. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political view, age, culture, wealth, values, etc). The definition of social justice is open to interpretation and only unbiased definitions are provided here.
Social Justice Issues
Social justice issues are generated from a plethora of different societal problems. These issues are usually a product of unequal government regulation and/or unfair treatment by an individual.
Social Injustice is the manifestation of inequality within society. These injustices transpire globally and embody various forms. The Pachamama Alliance was born through turmoil in South America, where social injustices are widespread and persistant. The injustices in South America arise from the destructive lifestyle of industrialized societies. To aid these injustices a change in modern lifestyle is imperative.
Social inequality is a pandemic issue that gives rise to social justice. It occurs when a distinct rift exists between groups within a society. The rift(s) can and are often intentional, in order to maintain the superiority of one group over another because of differences in beliefs, behavior and/or physical characteristics.
Social Responsibility and Ethics
Social responsibility and ethics are often called into play when discussing social justice. Is everyone responsible for social equality or does that burden lie only with the perpetrator of social inequality? In order for social justice to succeed all parties must be involved. Everyone is responsible for enacting and maintaining social equality. This responsibility is based on ethical and moral ideals that format the expectations of a socially responsible person.