The Good Fight: How to Effectively Fight for Social Justice Right Now
We live in very tumultuous times. So much of what we previously believed about ourselves and the world is being questioned, and perhaps rightly so. In 2018, the average CEO made 287 times more money than the average worker.
A mere generation ago, back in the 1960s, CEOs made only twenty times more than the average worker.
This is one of many things that will eventually have to change so that our society can move forward. The question is how we go about moving forward. What can the average person do to advocate for social justice?
We’ll offer a few suggestions in this article.
1. Take Precautions
One of the major issues we’re facing at the moment is the COVID 19 pandemic. We’ve repeatedly been told to stay six feet away from others, wear a mask in public, and stay at home whenever possible.
Something that isn’t talked about as often is how COVID 19 is disproportionately affecting certain groups of people. African Americans, Hispanics, and American Indians/Alaska Natives are contracting COVID more than twice as much as white people.
They are also four to five times more likely to visit the hospital with COVID 19. African Americans are also twice as likely to die from COVID.
It might be a good idea to bring these statistics up the next time somebody refuses to wear a mask or claims COVID isn’t real. These aren’t just health issues. They’re social justice issues.
2. Fight Censorship and False Information
We walk a strange line with censorship, especially now. Many modern activists have called for hateful ideas and people to be shut down.
However, others argue that censorship is, in itself, a form of evil, and should not be tolerated regardless of what messages people are spreading. You can fight censorship with simple steps, like turning off safe mode on your internet.
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Regardless, we can all agree that certain types of speech shouldn’t be censored. We should be able to criticize the ideas, processes, and institutions that impact so much of our lives, and demand social justice when human rights are not being respected.
One of the best ways to do this is to fight misinformation. There’s a lot of false information out there, and the intent behind it is not always malicious. Many people are legitimately convinced that they’re speaking the truth.
If somebody is distributing false info, correct them. They may apologize, and even change their opinion. They may dig in their heels until you show them proof.
A few won’t change even after you show them proof. Some people are like this, and you can’t change them.
How to Fight for Social Justice
The fight for social justice is going to be one of the biggest issues of our generation. We’ve talked about a few ways to combat injustice in this article, but there are plenty of others out there. We encourage you to do more research to see what else you can do.
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