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Conservatives are perceived to be at a disadvantage when it comes to social justice. We simply must get better at thinking and talking about it. And we have a lot to offer. Liberal progressivism is very flawed in its perceptions of social justice, and its policy prescriptions are often disastrous. It is no accident that after nearly a decade of the left's ascendancy, American society is bitterly divided and increasingly convinced that social institutions have been hijacked to enrich a few favored groups with both money and power.
Social justice is a goal that challenges every generation. It is never achieved completely, but we must keep trying. The holidays provide a wonderful opportunity to ponder this transcendent ideal of our Judeo-Christian heritage.
What could possibly be wrong with social justice? We like justice. We are social beings. Should not our communities be just ones? Author Elgin Hushbeck, Jr. maintains that social justice is not justice. When we pursue social justice, it is at the expense of true justice and in its pursuit of equality, social justice threatens liberty. It is a case of setting contradictory and incompatible goals. Hushbeck examines our current pursuit of social justice and how it has failed, while looking also at the scriptures we use in that pursuit and how we have misunderstood them. While we should care about our neighbors and find ways to ease the plight of the poor, social justice’s emphasis on redistribution is not only often unjust but it actually makes things worse. His prescription? Pursue justice and liberty without any adjectives.
Tags: Elgin Hushbeck, social justice, redistribution, equality, poverty, justice, Obama, liberty
A commonly accepted definition of Justice is that it is a moral standard of all men to one another requiring them to perform their social and moral as well as legal obligations to each other and to grant to each other all that fairly be granted.
The importance and significance of justice can never be underestimated in the affairs of men. This is so because according to Pope Pius XII, just as, in fact, there can be no peace without order so there can be no order without justice.”
Verily, justice occupies the highest place in the hierarchy of human values. Under the Old Testament particularly in the Book of Micah, the teachings of the prophets of Israel were summarized into one verse only: “to do justice; to show constant love and to live in humble fellowship with God.”
Actually, justice is synonymous with righteousness in the sense that what is righteous is just and what is just is righteous.
Indeed, it is important to be just for according to Confucius “heaven gives long and good life to the just.” His statement finds strong support in two biblical passages, to wit:
“Righteous men – men of integrity – will live in this land of ours. But God will snatch wicked men from the land and pull sinners out of it like plants from the ground.” (Proverbs 2:21-22)
“The Lord puts a curse on the house of wicked men and blesses the homes of the righteous.” (Proverbs 3:33
In a recent article in The Nation, Canadian author/activist Naomi Klein posed an important question/observation: "What does #BlackLivesMatter have to do with Climate Change?" (http://www.thenation.com/article/192801/what-does-blacklivesmatter-have-do-climate-change)
On the next episode of PR 13:20, we'll look deeper into Klein's inquiry, and discuss the similarities revealed when juxtaposing the issues of social and environmental justice, the affects of rampant police brutality and unchecked global warming, and the communities and nations most affected. We'll also look at where these movements intersect and appear to be headed, and what actions can be taken to ensure that systemic change does occur, and soon, because our lives do depend upon it.
Tonight we will discuss the Criminal Justice System and why it is not working for black people. We will also discuss a case here in Inkster, Michigan concerning the beating of a 57yo African American Male below:
Fighting back tears, a Detroit man and longtime auto worker with no criminal history, described how Inkster police officers dragged him from his car one night in January, choked him, beat him and Tasered him during a traffic stop that was caught on patrol car video.
"He was beating me upside the head," Floyd Dent, 57, told a horde of reporters and TV crews during a press conference at his attorney's office Wednesday afternoon, as tears trickled his cheeks. "I was trying to protect my face with my right arm. I heard one of them say, 'tase the M...F. '"
The Jan. 28 incident was caught on police video cameras and is making national news. It shows Inkster police pulling over Dent in his 2011 tan Cadillac near South River Park Drive and Inkster Drive shortly before 10 p.m. The two officers approach with their guns drawn. As Dent opens the door, they pull him out and shove him to the ground. Dent does not appear in the video to be resisting arrest.
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Mental distress, substance use, criminal justice, poverty, gender, all the -isms, What's gone wrong with the world and how do we fix it? Bring your ideas, your views for a stone soup conversation that asks: "How can we create a human rights-informed society that respects all and forces none? What are the limits, and how do we address them in a human rights-informed way?"
To call in:
Social Justice Hour w/ Ernest B. Fenton
Discussion about community and politics, talking about the issues that are directly affecting you.
Utlizing Medicaid & Medicare benefits
Tax information from Atty. Mike "Flash" Fedele
bad/good tax preparers
Please join us Thursday evening as we discuss the Moving Social Justice Conference. We trust that you left the conference feeling motivated, supported, and encouraged by the panels, speakers, and colleagues.
This truly was a labor of love and we enjoyed meeting you and look forward to seeing online. We are here to build relationships, coalitions, and collaborations.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at blackskeptics(at)gmail(dot)com or peopleofcolorbeyondfaith(at)gmail(dot)com.
On behalf of Dr.Hutchinson, Donald Wright, Raina Rhoades, and Kimberly Veal we thank you for the motivation and support. We look forward to bringing you more webcasts and our 2015 conference in Houston, Tx.
Karen, a sex educator, and Sam, a Social Justice comedian, have come together to have a night of "educated comedy". Meet Sam on the show today as we get a pre-show experience of the who they are and why they are doing the show, as well as what you can expect and how you can get tickets for this "date night experience".
http://do512.com/events/2015/2/6/have-you-seen-s-e-x < details
https://www.facebook.com/HaveYouSeenSEX < facebook
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sex-tickets-14832948749?aff=efbevent < Tickets for Feb 6th
For more information on these topics and others, http://facebook.com/DomesticViolenceVoices and http://facebook.com/BeyondWordsLive and/or http://KravisVoices.com.
When we consider what social justice is... how quickly is justice modified by economic necessity? How can individuals act/behave in ways that recomfirm the tennants of real social justice, ie compassion, generosity, understanding, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you..." etc. Can social justice only be spoken about in churches and practiced among the participants in your church? When you leave the church, and you mingle with general society, you may imagine potential enemies, competitors that may effect your survival and that of your family among random masses of people. This leads you to curb your natural impulses toward social justice. Can a 90 year old man be applauded for feeding the homeless in a public park... and not repremanded and arrested? Where is social justice in our lives today and how can it be encouraged?
Has social media created and condoned actions that if donei in person would render someone to get fucked up, stomped out, slapped or clapped ? Join us as we explore the deep psychological effects of what instant social media is compelling some of us to evoke on a demented level.
This week we will tackling problems that we have within Social Justice circles and under the umbrella as a whole.
This episode will deal with allies and when they go to far and go to hard.
They just make scene and actually aren't productive.
When help hurts, it isn't help.
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