What is social justice?
Social justice has a number of definitions, depending upon who you ask. The dictionary gives us “justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, opportunities, and privileges within a society.” This definition is probably the most accurate for giving us a sense of what is meant by the term “social justice,” but it leaves a lot to be desired. Particularly, since the very notion of “justice” in the context here is left unspecified, we’re at something of a loss of how to achieve social justice. Justice sometimes means equality, for instance, and it sometimes means fairness according to other metrics, some of which compete with one another and most of which are difficult to assess.
Hardly more usefully, the National Association of Social Workers defines it: “Social justice is the view that everyone deserves equal economic, political, and social rights and opportunities.” The questions that linger are upon what constitute “economic, political, and social rights and opportunities.” What constitutes societal rights and opportunities is a matter of tremendous disagreement.