The Mysticism of ‘Social Justice’

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If you study history in addition to geography, you are almost forced to acknowledge that there was never any realistic chance for all peoples to have the same achievements — even if they were all born with the same potential and even if there were no social injustices.

Once I asked a class of black college students what they thought would happen if a black baby were born, in the middle of a ghetto, and entered the world with brain cells the same as those with which Albert Einstein was born.

There were many different opinions — but no one in that room thought that such a baby, in such a place, would grow up to become another Einstein. Some blamed discrimination but others saw the social setting as too much to overcome.

If discrimination is the main reason that such a baby has little or no chance for great intellectual achievements, then that is something caused by society — a social injustice. But if the main reason is that the surrounding cultural environment provides little incentive to develop great intellectual potential, and many distractions from that goal, that is a cosmic injustice.

Many years ago, a study of black adults with high IQs found that they described their childhoods as “extremely unhappy” more often than other black adults did. There is little that politicians can do about that — except stop pretending that all problems in black communities originate in other communities.

Similar principles apply around the world. Every group trails the long shadow of its cultural heritage — and no politician or society can change the past. But they can stop leading people into the blind alley of resentments of other people. A better future often requires internal changes that pay off better than mysticism about one’s own group or about “social justice.”

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  • Anamah

    When I read Sowell and compare with Sharpton I realize is not social justice… is not the color… is not the country, is simply a difference in their quality… Eureka!!! the Reverend has something wrong, he have something rotten inside, a so morbid individual that simply explains how human nature can go. Sowell is a a joy! Like hearing Mozart! The other one… is at least unbearable…

  • http://www.invisibleserfscollar.com Robin

    And yet the UN has decreed, and now the US is implementing, that the educational results and the granting of degrees may not be affected by social or economic backgrounds. All the real differences that affect an ability to think abstractly or logically will cease to matter.

    We must have equity of results even if that means the nature of education for all shifts to vocational, skills,basic literacy only, influencing attitudes and values instead of nurturing the intellect.

    There is also an organized movement to move us beyond text so that the visual and aural count just as much. Taking us back to the primitive, preliterate days in the name of equity.

    Where's the social justice in trying to make all citizens malleable, manipulable, and subject to the herd instinct?

  • davarino

    Everyone is free to do with their brain what they want. If they want to waste it on drugs and booze, or video games and lounging around, thats their right, but dont blame that on society. There are lots of "disadvantaged" people that take advantage of the opportunities given to them and make the most of it, which makes them advantaged. Now if you want to call hard work and applying one's self, "advantaged/social injustice", so be it, but its there for the taking. Or you can forgo your God given gifts and settle for something much less by crying "social injustice" and wait for the government to come and give you the scrapps off their miserable table.

  • Sparky

    There's no point in pretending that "social justice" is anything other than a wet blanket that the progressives can throw over reality. Since the term has absolutely no meaning whatsoever, or can mean whatever those in power want it to mean, it really becomes a term that can be pointed at ANY differences among any populations in the world and justify the use of coercive power to "rectify" the inequity. Since equality itself is the greatest social myth ever perpetuated by man on himself, social justtice is a perpetual ticket for those in power to oppress those not in power. It is ruinous at best and will lead to either acquiescence on the part of the governed, or bloody revolution in an attempt to throw the blanket off!

  • http://tarandfeathersusa.wordpress.com/ Iratus Vulgas

    Meaningless melodramatic buzz words are basic building blocks of the Left. It allows them to build emotional arguments without regard to logic. They often speak a language all their own. Unfortunately, too many people buy into this political theater. It's easier than thinking.

  • 080

    Social justice is what we're doing. It is based on the twin budget and current account deficits. Since those will soon be coming to an end the social justice will disappear.

  • poetcomic1

    Never forget that the Nazi sympathizer and Jew-hater Father Coughlin who was disowned by the Catholic Church sold millions of his weekly paper in the 1930's. The name of the paper was SOCIAL JUSTICE. Fascism= Liberalism.

  • Don Kosloff

    The sooner it disappears, the better.

  • acey

    give me a example of a cosmic value