R Miller wrote this interesting blog post called The Trouble of Social Justice. They don’t allow comments but I found it really interesting none-the-less so I’ve decided to reblog it and post my comments here: Here is my take on R Miller’s thoughtful post:
Even though my personal feeling about “social justice” is literally the complete opposite, I agree with you on much of this. To me the term “social justice” is full of promise and nobility. It’s about coming together to support a revolution that will elevate us all so that we may be better both individually and as a society.
In this case specifically, I don’t know that Christians are really the oppressor. Last week’s stat was that 75% of Christians opposed this RFRA bill as it was written. I do agree that the media’s coverage of the pizza fiasco has warped it into this ugly us against them thing. The more time that passes, the more it is dividing into a Christian vs. LGTB story in the news. This initially was not the case.
Your last paragraph summed it up beautifully though. The people involved (both sides) of the pizza incident were not acting out of love for the betterment of society. They were acting out of fear and anger. Russel Brand just released a great video about it and he summed it up beautifully at the end. He said essentially, when you are in the throws of a social justice movement and you see that your oppressor is frail and acting out of weakness, it is then time to act with compassion and help them to a place of love and tolerance. Of course, he went on to say how difficult that must be when you have been oppressed and are angry. To better our community we must all be reminded to act kindly and justly. In this case, the LGBT supporters that caused harm to the pizzeria need to be reminded that their anger, though understood, should not transform into retaliation.
Something has always bothered me about the idea of social justice. In fact, when I hear people talk about it, I cringe inside.
This has been hard to pin down, because the fact is that there’s nothing inherently wrong with social justice. Social justice is, in its most basic form, understanding the systemic prejudices and inequalities in a society and working to rectify them. That’s not, in itself, wrong. Because of that, it’s very difficult to pin down why it seems to be such a great idea, and yet somehow creates such a visceral negative reaction.
But the fracas lately in Indiana lately has helped me to understand what the problem is, and why social justice – for all the good has done – is so insidious and dangerous.
Social justice requires two things: an oppressor, and an oppressed. Here are the unwritten rules of social justice:
- There is an oppressor…
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