Social Justice In A Socially Unjust World Analysis

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CNN, Fox News, USA Today. These mainstream outlets are popular for a reason. As a convenience for American citizens, to have news literally projected on television is a luxury. Not just any sort of news - a wide variety of topics such as politics, entertainment, economics and sports are projected twenty four hours per day, seven days a week. According to the Pew Research Center, writers Kenneth Olmstead, Mark Jurkowitz, Amy Mitchell and Jodi Edna report that, “Almost three out of four U.S adults (71%) watch local and network television news … on average, the cable news audience devotes twice as much time to that news source as local and network news”(Olmstead et al). In other words, not only do the majority of Americans spend time watching…show more content…
Before explaining how it violates this term, it is imperative to understand the definition before delving into the issue. In his article, “Defining Social Justice in a Socially Unjust World”, professor Michael Reisch describes Social Justice as, “[needing] to... enable people to exercise personal freedom by removing the fear of economic and physical calamity from their lives and making them feel like an integral and valued parts of society”(Reisch 351). In short, Reisch defines social justice as an acknowledgement from all spectrums; whether it is oppressed minorities or privileged oppressors, everyone has a right for personal freedom. Like to the American dream, if a person works hard enough in life, he or she will achieve monetary success as well as proper recognition in society. Social justice therefore means equal opportunity in society, determined by the amount of work a person accomplishes, not by race, gender, belief or social class. However, in order to obtain social justice in society, the people with privilege have to understand that certain races cannot achieve such opportunities because of the oppression and implicit biases prevalent in society. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the people who can easily achieve such a platform to help minorities obtain equal…show more content…
In “Capabilities as Fundamental Entitlements”, American philosopher Martha Nussbaum explains why women do not dispute these claims saying “...women frequently exhibit ‘adaptive preferences’, preferences that have adjusted to their second-class status”(Nussbaum 34). Because women show ‘adaptive preferences’ , they are content being on lower footing than their male counterpart; society assumes a blind eye and incepts gender constructions that women are submissive and prefer being passive caretakers whereas men dominate and are regarded as active money makers. Moreover, Nussbaum claims that “Women’s current preferences often show distortions that are the result of unjust background conditions. And agency and freedom are particularly important goals for women, who have so often been treated as passive dependents”(Nussbaum 34). In a way, Nussbaum is acknowledging the gender construction set up by civilization. Due to the lack of enthusiasm to be in an equilibrium as men, women ultimately get ‘ the short end of the stick’. Due to passivity, they assume positions with less labor, such as being the main caregiver to children, and claim to be the docile weaker sex. Not because of biology, but because of failing to claim that they want to be equal. This dilemma of not owning up to equality, is displayed in media, particularly in the news. This
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