Essay on The Identity Of Social Justice

1483 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 6 Pages
In our society, we are a collection of unique individuals that have different backgrounds: racial, class, and gender identities that we give to ourselves but also the identities that other people put on us. These two different perspectives doesn’t always align together, and in some cases, they should not. However, this means that whoever has the higher power in any interaction has the potential to use the identity they put on the other instead of the true identity of the individual, which leads to inequality and injustice in all these identities. It’s important to understand the reasons why injustice still exist and why it continues to persist even when we expand identities and labels. As much as labels and identities build us up, they can also be used to breaks us down.
First, it would be important to understand the definition of social justice and how the concept of social justice may have been applied to address these injustices in these three aspects of identities. The google definition is “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society” (Google). This definition captures what it really means in big words that is still hard to understand. The way universities and professors conceptualize social justice is that it is “a belief that everyone deserves an equal opportunity and right to lead a healthy and productive life” (UNE 2016). Looking at these two different, there is a clear difference in how they define social justice.…

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