I’m proud to call myself a Social Justice Warrior

I’ve always been amused by how quickly some on the right resort to name calling when discussing social issues on the various online venues where politics and relative anonymity mix.

Even more amusing (to me anyway) is how many of these “insults” are actually compliments,  and some of them even make the person using them seem terrible.

Take progressive for instance.

When someone uses this as an insult,  they are clearly indicating that they see progress as a bad thing.

The one I really want to talk about is the one I chose as the handle for my new blog.

SOCIAL JUSTICE WARRIOR

I first saw this on some meme depicting a police officer speaking into a radio.  The caption was something to the effect of checking with Social Justice Warriors on police procedures prior to responding to an armed robbery call.

My suspicion is that those who come up with memes like this are of the opinion that police can do no wrong in assessing guilt and meting out punishment.  Things which are the responsibility of the courts. 

I may discuss that in a future post,  but I wanted to discuss why I chose Social Justice Warrior for the title of this blog.

Everyone has strongly held beliefs.

Some people choose to remain silent when these beliefs are attacked.

Others choose to fight.   There should be no question where I stand on that issue.

As to Social Justice.

Social Justice refers to ensuring that human beings aren’t abused by the system.

I’m talking about people being ground down by both government and corporate entities whose policies take advantage of populations who don’t have the resources, knowledge, or strength to fight back.

In some cases, the policies in question aren’t implemented out of greed, or malice.  Its just that sometime people just aren’t aware or don’t think things true.

My goal, as a SJW in these instances is to educate.

Others simply take advantage of the less fortunate for whatever reasons motivate them.

Those are the types of people that have given rise to the true Social Justice Warriors.

People with the knowledge, resources to hold those that abuse their power and authority accountable.

People with the will and fortitude to fight.

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One thought on “I’m proud to call myself a Social Justice Warrior

  1. I think these are noble goals. I agree that education is key in increasing social justice for all. Awareness of how things work can help diminish systemic injustice.

    Also, I think some people think that if one group or person get more rights or recognition or access than they have had in the past that their own rights/recognition/access is automatically diminished somehow. One of the best things I saw lately was a little meme or video (can’t remember) that said rights aren’t pie. Giving somebody else some rights does not mean fewer rights for you. There is not a finite supply of rights.

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