Anyone who’s been following me must know by now that I have a passion for social justice; and those who’ve been reading me closely should have a pretty good idea of my brand of social justice. All my works—whether academically or politically—evolve around what needs to be done to alleviate the sufferings of millions of disenfranchised individuals around the world.
Social justice, however, is a term that sheds some broad meaning. In reference to SJ, many philosophers stress the emphasis on an understanding that fosters a shallow logical syllogism which ensures each member of society has an almost equal share of rewards and burdens.
I’m different. My version of social justice is the antithesis of the established norm. Mine is one that forebears a laundry list of burdens and indignities unleashed upon the deprived masses that I believe no human being would have to undergo. I take it upon myself to make a difference, to raise awareness about inequalities and exploitation. To me, the notion of justice-for-all is illusory—a mirage that has been put forward to create a semblance of equitable fairness and responsibilities.
Society is NOT a unified or cohesive entity. It is divided in class. In bourgeois democracies like that of the United States where class struggle has been camouflaged under the premise of the struggle for racial equality, the focus simply falls on statistical measures of distributive shares. That’s the theoretical framework. Here, fairness takes a diametrically opposed meaning, depending on where you stand on the social ladder—or simply depending on who you are as an individual. For instance, law-and-order carries dubious meanings for an American. An African-American views law as a symbol of power, whereas a European-American sees it as an instrument of justice.
Our world has been literally shattered by disheartening realities like abject poverty, ethnic hatred, racial discrimination and other form of conflicts like religious hatred. We can’t sit idle and pretend it’s not our problem……… —Dr. Ardain Isma, educator, author
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