Social Justice

Ashton Carter

What is social justice? Social justice has been a prominent issue for the past century. BY definition social justice is: fair treatment of all people in a society, including respect for the rights of minorities and equitable distribution of resources among members of a community. So, what about it makes social justice so hard to achieve, and so insurmountable? 

Throughout the past century there have been many leaders of the cause. One of the most notorious for racial equality is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a reverend, a social justice warrior, and a person. The latter is what he fought so hard for people to recognize. But yet here we are decades after his passing and people are still being brutally murdered just because they look ‘suspicious.’ 

Social Justice is not just about racial equality it also includes gender equality, LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, among a plethora of other things. 

Another major figure for social justice is Pete Buttigieg. Mayor Pete as he is commonly referred to is an openly gay American politician who sought our the nomination for the Democratic ticket in the 2020 election. Pete and his husband Chasten live in South Bend where Pete was mayor from 2012 through 2020. Although he did not climb to the presidency, yet, Pete is the Secretary of Transportation under the Biden-Harris administration.

Last but most certainly not least, is women’s equality. There have been so many trailblazers in the fight for women’s equality including Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Shirley Chisholm, Elizabeth Warren, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I wanna focus on the last person listed RBG! Mrs. Ginsburg was born to immigrant parents in Brooklyn, New York. Ruthie as she was called, always knew that she wanted to be more than a librarian, seamstress, or a teacher. She wanted to change the world. As one of the first women to not only go to Harvard Law but also Cornell Law School. 

Social justice is not something to take lightly. We should all work together to achieve true, hard earned, and widespread social justice!