“Justice” in an Unjust Society

What is justice? How do we define something that is just, something that is right in our eyes? A word with multiple perspectives can never be simplified into one or two sentences. It is just not that simple, because you never know if you’re getting the full story or not.

I’ll tell what I think justice is not. It is not an African American who gets denied sitting in front of a Montgomery bus just because she’s black. It’s not a physically or mentally impaired individual who gets treated wrongly just because he or she has a certain disability that makes ’em look or act funny.

A month ago on Monday, a Floridian African American seventeen-year-old teen named Trayvon Martin was coming back from a convenient store when he was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch leader named George Zimmerman. He told police that he killed Martin in self defense, and since then the authorities have not pressed charges against Zimmerman. That is shocking. I mean, at first they didn’t even bother looking through the evidence or examining his story. An African American has every right to the rights of a White person. Now, of course, the Constitution before the amendments deny that. Why? It was written at a different time period. But you know what? That was then, this is now. The Constitution is open to many different interpretations, but honestly, I think there’s only one right answer to being treated the way you would want to be treated. African Americans aren’t just “objects” you take advantage of. They’re people. They have feelings.

Why am I putting African Americans in the spotlight? Well, it’s simple. They’re the center piece of injustice. That doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who receive injustice. A college friend and fellow columnist of mine, named Josh Chen, whom I’ve frequently mentioned before had told me stories of teachers that have helped him during his days at Mission San Jose High. It wasn’t even academic help. It’s just a simple matter of him falling off his wheelchair, and teachers that have actually bothered to help him up. Sounds like something we should be doing every day right? Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. I’ve heard stories of helpless people being beaten by others. When no one helps, particularly in this one video I remember very vividly, one just video tapes the whole thing. What’s worse? The culprits get a laugh out of seeing a poor soul being beaten and tortured.

Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve sometimes asked this to myself, but I’ve never actually spoken these very words before… But what in Hell has happened to society? I realize that it’s part of life that people with various kinds of cancer lose a battle with cancer. And that people with disabilities were most likely born with it. But come on. It’s not “their” problem that they were born with it. It’s not Josh’s problem that he has cerebral palsy. Even worse, people get judged by the very color of their skin. Yes, I will admit right off the bat that even I’m guilty of making quick judgements. But you know what? Even though I admitted it, I’m not proud of it. I’m trying to change the way I respond to such delicate topics, and I think everyone else should too. As I’m typing this I’m reminded of the “Anti-Bullying” special that I did on my blog. And yes, it is bullying if they care. But even if they don’t care, people should still do what’s right. Imagine yourself in the shoes of the victim, whether it be an African American, an Asian Chinese, or an physically or mentally impaired individual. Imagine how you would feel if you were in the cross hair of a group beating you up for fun. Do what’s right for society and don’t be an asshole.

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