What are your reflections on social justice in the USA?
The first question I asked myself is what is social justice? I came across several definitions of what social justice is but I found one enlightening. Social just is the promotion of a just society by challenging injustice and valuing diversity. When I think of the USA and what our society is I think we fit this definition. We are the melting pot of the world where people come to escape injustice. Although our system of justice is far from perfect we are one of the nations around the world that at least attempts to provide our citizens with the human rights that everyone deserves. There is and always will be injustice everywhere. We live in an imperfect world and no matter what type of system you put into place it will always be missing one thing or another. We can't solve all the world's problems but as a country we do our best to challenge injustice. If you look back in our history you have to say no matter what is happening now we have come extremely far. We are decades ahead of some countries. We look back and see slavery as a thing of the past but then look to other countries where slavery is still extremely high such as Russia, parts of Africa and India. All of these areas among others shown on the End Slavery Now website show slavery in huge numbers. When you compare the US to other nations around the world you see freedom versus hardship. Here people at least have the rights to fight against injustice in some countries there is no escape and that honestly makes my stomach turn that some kids will never have the opportunity to be anything better than what they are born into. How can you live like that?
Within the Universal Declaration of Human Rights it is said that "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." With this section in mind I wonder how many other countries can say that they are guaranteed to not be affected by any of the items listed. As a female looking to join a law enforcement agency I value all of this list because if I lived in some other parts of the world I wouldn't even be allowed to have this dream. Yes there is still racism present in the US, there is also hatred of many things but here you are protected against actions due to those factors. Yes someone can yell at you and speak down to you here but you don't have to take it here you have the freedom to walk away, the freedom to take actions against hatred. If this question is solely to look at my opinion of the US's social justice I would say we are pretty well off and should be thankful. Yes there is always room for improvement because injustice is definitely within our borders but looking at other places of the world I don't think we have much to complain about. There are many things I see that still need work but as they say Rome wasn't build in a day and you cannot expect everything to work itself out. The US has many more steps to take to eliminate injustice but as far as how we've done so far our social justice is miles ahead of many of our neighboring countries.
"End Slavery Now :: Stop Human Trafficking." End Slavery Now :: Stop Human Trafficking. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2014.
"The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UDHR, Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights Declaration, Human Rights Charter, The Un and Human Rights." UN News Center. UN, n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2014
My definition for social injustice came from this site.