Sunday, January 3, 2010
SOCIAL INJUSTICE AS A FORM OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS?
I had a very interesting conversation today with a good friend about social issues. In the U.S social issues for the most part are ignored by the right and more recognized by the left; however, nothing for the most part has truly been done in the name of social justice. It is as though the left pretend to be aware and for social justice, while really doing nothing to fix things. The movement on juvenile justice has now elevated itself to a matter of human rights. When all else fails, the human rights tag is the last inkling of hope towards getting a problem rectified.
For instance, the warehousing of poor people on non-violent offenses can be seen as a violation of human rights (cruel and unusual punishment). Or the unequal health care system the U.S currently has can be seen as such. Institutionalized racism can also be seen as a violation of human rights. Why is it that the U.S gov’t is always so quick to point out the shortcomings of other nations on human rights but cannot seem to face its own failure? I find it utterly disgustingly sad that when all else fails, movements have to praise their cause in the name of human rights. Why is it that such powerful causes such as equality for all, or women’s rights, juvenile justice, minority rights, or gay rights must be polished under the human rights tag? Why are there so many people who are against human rights?
According to natural law, nobody should be forced to exist in a state for which he does not feel compelled to act. A man should be able to live life the way he pleases, for no other human being has the right to command him otherwise! Where is the consciousness of our fellow human beings? Are people simply evil and blatantly oblivious about the well being of other people lives? Anyhow I say social injustices or issues should perhaps be polished under the human rights tag, for it will grow a bigger awareness about the issues on a world wide scale. Some people outside of U.S borders actually believe nothing wrong goes on here, when that couldn’t be further from the truth. If one’s own country isn’t willing to acknowledge its own dirty evil, then the world has the right to know about it. Let the world know that the U.S believes in punishing children of color more harshly than their white counterparts. Let the world know that juveniles in the U.S can easily be waived to adult court whereby they’re convicted and sent to adult prisons where they will forever be lost to humanity and thus reality. Let the world know that the so called leader of the free world believes in denying women and homosexuals equal rights under the law. Let the world know that freedom of religion is not a reality within the borders of the U.S Remind the world that institutionalized racism is still an ongoing battle herein the U.S. Expose the reality that poverty exist within the U.S. Shout out from the roof tops on how many disparities exist here when it comes to the Criminal Justice System, housing, health care, jobs, etc. Lastly, speak on how some people reject these moral rights in the name of religion! Tell them how we have a fake democracy, and how our congress consist mostly of white males (where’s the representation of society therein?). Create NGO’s in the name of these movements so that hope can be more within reach and not just a long lost dream from within another time.
In summation, I’d like to say that, I don’t think people put the human rights tag on certain issues just because they know it will create bigger buzz; however, they oftentimes do it because sadly, it is their last resort to having their issue being heard. It is heavily easy for politicians to skip over certain issues, while deeming them of low priority. However, those whose lives are directly affected by that negligence know that something must happen and that the fight cannot stop at one’s own govt. Therefore, I must say I am proud to be a supporter of human rights. I feel those who are against it, are nothing more than old unchangeable freaks from another time. Someone said under my status that the mistreatment of our fellow humans is simply natural; my response to that is, capitalism and that type of state of mind is unnatural. Nobody owns this earth or its resources; it all exists for the picking of all, not just a top 10 percent. It is time to label the many social issues that we have as matters of human rights folks. Let us see how many govt's will fall under scrutiny? I think we will be surprised! What says you!!??