Social Justice can be broadly understood as the pursuit of a “fair and just distribution
of rights, opportunities, and resources” in a society and across the globe (Cramme
and Diamond 2009) which includes the “right of all human beings to benefit from a
safe and pleasant environment” (The United Nations Department of Economic and Social
While Social Justice movements acknowledge that “poverty reduction and overall improvements in the standard of living are attainable goals,” they do not fail to recognize that the already “enormous gap in the distribution of wealth, income and public benefits is growing ever wider, reflecting a general trend that is morally unfair, politically unwise and economically unsound” (The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2006). The poverty rate of African Americans, for instance, has been three times that of whites, whose median net worth is ten times that of black families (Kendi 2019), and racism, economic inequality, and the historical marginalization of people of color are not only apparent in the long history of colonial modernity, but in our own communities.
Cramme, Olaf and Patrick Diamond. 2009. “Rethinking Social Justice in the Global Age.” Pp. 3–20 in Social Justice in the Global Age, edited by Olaf Cramme and Patrick Diamond. Malden, MA: Polity Press.
Kendi, Ibram X. How to Be an Antiracist. Random House: New York, 2019.
Social Justice in an Open World: The Role of The United Nations. Department of Economic and Social Affairs: Division for Social Policy and Development. United Nations: New York, 2006.
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