What is Social Justice?
Social justice is the all-inclusive, totally fair and totally equitable access to opportunities, privileges and justice within a society, free from discriminatory legal, systemic or social constraints which would create outgroups to which such access is systemically limited.
Thus, social justice creates an environment in which all human beings can pursue the equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them with man-made supports, instead of man-made constraints and impediments created by ingroups or social or political majorities to create or maintain inequitable access, opportunities, privileges or justice for any created outgroup — to the inequitable preservation of their own.
Social justice affirms the truth that is evident in the Natural Law and sacred texts, that all men and women are created in God’s image – that is to say equal, and that pursuant thereto they are endowed by their Creator with certain equal and unalienable Rights, and that among these are the right to fair and equitable access to all opportunities, privileges and justice provided by a society, free from discriminatory legal, systemic or social constraints that would limit their freedom and opportunities, such that society would become unjust in its treatment of groups to which it limits such access and opportunities. Such a state would be social injustice; and its absence, social justice – the normative state established by God and Natural Law.
To glean and apply eloquently stated truths from the U.S. Declaration of Independence, social justice, Natural Law and sacred texts provide that governments, systems and complying social norms are instituted among men to secure these rights of individuals, and that, to the extent that these laws, systems and complying social norms pervert these aims and thereby establish outgroups to which social justice is denied, and social injustice is enforced, that it is the divine right of the outgroups to seek to alter or to abolish them, and it is the duty of all men who love their neighbors as themselves, including those who ascribe to the sacred texts and/or to Natural Law to pursue social justice at all times; to support the outgroups whose grievances arise from such social injustice, and to seek to restore it, without undue delay, whenever its perversion becomes normative in society. The sacred texts and Natural Law provide that new laws, systems and social norms be instituted, laying their foundation on such principles and organizing their powers in such form, as to all such participants shall seem most likely to effect social justice for all, in accordance with the Divine purpose.
Social and Racial Justice Have Nothing To Do With Marxism or Socialism
Today’s opponents of social and racial justice frequently assert that they are tantamount to socialism or to Marxism in disguise. That is a straw-man argument and a logical fallacy, designed to support their preconceived, but erroneous socio-economic paradigm. Such assertions are also “glittering generalities” (a similar form of logical fallacy), which seek to draw in their audience to their argument by mentioning something they fear, as opposed to foundational logic. Social and racial justice do not seek to create equal outcomes regardless of truth or justice or the lack of effort on the part of individuals – those are the illegitimate “glittering generalities” mentioned above. Rather, they seek to promote equitable outcomes only by ensuring fair and equitable access to opportunities, privileges and justice within a society, free from discriminatory legal, systemic or social constraints which would create outgroups to which such access is systemically limited. Too, however, inherent within any moral society is an attempt to provide for individuals who cannot, by inherent physical or mental limitations under which they have no control, do so for themselves. This is not inherent to social or racial justice, but to a moral society. To saddle social and racial justice with any such aspersions fails tests of both truth and logic. Today’s attempts to paint social and racial justice as Marxist or socialist are equally as logically fallacious as were similar attempts to paint the civil rights movement of the 1950s – 1960s as Marxist inspired or led. One should always reject such “glittering generalities” as logical fallacies.
What is Racial Justice?
Similar to the definition of social justice, racial justice is the all-inclusive, totally fair and totally equitable access to opportunities, privileges and justice within a society, free from discriminatory legal, systemic or social constraints which would create a socially-constructed racial outgroup to which such access is systemically limited. All of the above discussion applies equally to both social and racial justice.
As further laid out by principle in the Declaration of Independence of the United States of America, prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments, systems and social norms long established “should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.