According to Merriam- Webster dictionary, justice is "the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments." This definition mostly describes justice in its relation to law and politics but it does not uphold any relevant information towards social justice. Whenever I think of the word justice, I tend to think more in social terms and how inequalities are present everyday, yet these inequalities are not always looked at as injustices. This is in large part due to the fact that many people have different ideas of how social justice should be defined and handled. I have added a link to a you tube video created by the love alliance which really demonstrates how differently everyone thinks of social justice. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VS20XrHivw&feature=relmfu
One of the most common descriptions of social justice is "equal opportunity for all people". Like we have touched on in class, it is a big issue to determine how to true make circumstances equal across the board for all Americans. Everyone is born into different situations and the question is, is it truly possibly to give every American the same opportunities. In every country there are different groups of people who are better off than others, and no one can control the family they are born into, nor can they help the history the comes along with the family. In American especially, there is a large gap between social classes and it is hard for the upper classes to give up some of their opportunities to provide an opportunity for someone who was not born with the same advantages. This in large part is due the American attitude that we have rights to everything. Almost every U.S. citizen is guilty of this false sense of entitlement by claiming "it is my right", when in reality it is not a right, it is a privilege. In order for this country to bridge some of the gaps and get rid of social injustices, we need to first leave this mentality that everything is our right and build from there.