Social Justice: Defined (according to society)

The following post is not satire. This is a direct unbiased presentation of how society defines social justice. In later posts, I provide commentary from a biblical perspective.

The social justice movement is a solution to a problem. The problem lies within American systems’ oppressor/oppressed format (i.e., education, government, and corporations). In other words, the oppressor or “the haves” built their successes on the backs of the oppressed, “the have-nots.” The social justice solution to such a problem is two-fold. First, those in the oppressor position must accept their role in this problem. They use the term “privilege” to convey this social inequality. Privilege is the idea that some rights or advantages are only available to specific groups of people. At the top of the oppressor list are wealthy, white, heterosexual men. Therefore, if one were to fall into this category, they must admit to their inherent privilege that has placed them in the oppressor position.

Intersectionality is the idea that one may experience privilege in some areas while being oppressed in others. For example, a poor, white, homosexual female is oppressed because she is a gay woman of low socioeconomic status. But she has white privilege; therefore, she is an oppressor in that regard only. Meanwhile, a poor, black, transgender female would be considered wholly oppressed because she is oppressed under all systems. This first step of accepting one’s privilege is supposed to be characterized by laborious, painful work. It is necessary for one to feel feelings of guilt, shame, and anger throughout this process.

Second, after one accepts that privilege is rampant in themselves and society, they must join the fight through activism. This next step is modeled after Jesus’ life and message in that He stood on the side of the oppressed. There are many ways that one may join the fight. One may provide direct support to those in their local community by volunteering, mentoring, or meeting basic needs. One is also encouraged to read works like books on antiracism. And, one is encouraged to join and contribute to organizations that are instrumental in social reform. Central to social reform is the redistribution of wealth. They advocate for policy that takes from the wealthy and gives to the poor. Because of their deeply held oppressor versus oppressed ideology, they insist the oppressor became wealthy via ill-gotten means. Therefore, his wealth must be taken from him and redistributed to those who do not have such wealth.

Source: “Social Justice Matters.”

This post is part of larger blog series, “Tenets of Progressive Culture.” Read the intro post to learn who this blog series is for and what to expect.

3 thoughts on “Social Justice: Defined (according to society)

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