Misworded Mondays: Social Justice

Definition: Social justice, sometimes called civil justice, refers to the concept of a society in which justice is achieved in every aspect of society, rather than merely the administration of law. It is generally thought of as a world which affords individuals and groups fair treatment and an impartial share of the benefits of society. [yadda, yadda, have we hit 200 words yet?]
Usage: “Lester felt that in his later years he would devote his life to the pursuit of social justice.”
Reality: This is a term that a lot of people probably aren’t going to be familiar with, but it’s time you get it up on the radar as an incoming load of BS. It sounds important. It seems important. Hell, even that definition above nearly makes it appear like if you’re doing it, you’re doing something real.
This term has the beautiful ability to be tossed about casually and have people in awe that you are doing good in the world. Much like a family member of mine who claims to have learned multiple languages years ago, but since forgotten them, it’s a statement that is hard to refute. Well folks, refute this bastard. Dig in to it and ask the person what type of “social justice” they’re involved with. Where does it take place? On what level? Is it ground up or top down? Throw everything you can at them, because when you do break them, you’re probably going to find out that they gave anywhere from $100-$1,000 to some NGO that you too can donate to. Maybe they gave more and maybe they gave to multiple NGO’s. Whatever the case, they are not actually doing anything but spitting out money, which is what Americans seem to love to do.
People who actually are doing something will never use this term except on a resume to BS some person in HR who doesn’t know what they’re hiring for (I’m looking at you every company and entity with a staff of more than 100.) People who actually do do “social justice” will usually say that they work in the development of x, based in y, and that their goal is z. They are able to quantify what they do. If they can’t, hit ’em with the eh-eh buzzer.
Misworded Mondays: Social Justice