Monday, February 27, 2017

Social Justice.

In the TED Talk, "Social Justice--Is It Still Relevant In The 21st Century?" by Charles L. Robbins, describes the ways in which social injustices are clearly happening even in today's "modernized" century. Social justice is extremely important to me. There are all kinds of people in the world and some are welcomed by all, but some are not. All minorities strive for equality and fairness. Some of the minority groups include the Hispanic (Latino)/African-American communities and the LGBT community but we all know there are soo much more than that, and even though it is the 21st century, we still see injustices towards these groups whether they are out in the clear or hidden stories.

The black community isn't getting true justice for the killings of innocent lives such as African-American teenager Trayvon Martin, who was walking down the street and thought to be suspicious by a white police officer and for that, he was shot and killed. I'd also like to bring up Tamir Rice, a 12 year old African-American boy, was shot and killed by Cleveland police after officers mistook his toy gun for a real weapon. Another very obvious issue that deals with immigrants in the U.S. is our very own POTUS, Donald Trump. He is probably one of the most hated presidents ever by the minority groups of America, but this really doesn't come as a surprise. Considering he has proposed policies like making Mexico pay for a wall across the U.S./Mexico border to keep out immigrants for good. He doesn't realize that a mass deportation of Hispanic/Latino immigrants would lead to a decrease in America's economy and the unemployment rates would increase dramatically because America's working class is 21.2% made up of that race. Charles Robbins acknowledges the issue that there is voter suppression (limiting the voting to not allow poor people and people of color) happening still in the U.S. and republicans have been wildly successful at doing just that. In the years leading up to 2016, Republican governors and state legislatures implemented new laws restricting when, where, and how people could vote .  The laws disproportionately harmed studentsthe poor, and people of color. A lot of the time you saw lawmakers pushing such policies said explicitly that their goal was suppression of voters who favor the Democratic Party. The LGBT community are one such group that hasn't been universally accepted, they are an “invisible” minority. Robbins says, "There are still young people today who are afraid there are still young people today subjected to bullying and violence and rejection in fact the largest percentage of homeless youth on the street are gay and lesbian youth who have been thrown out by the parents" (Robbins). We can't forget about the young teenagers who would rather kill themselves because they can't tolerate the unnecessary hate for just being gay. Quoting Charles Robbins, "We can't forget about recently the trans woman in Brooklyn who is fighting for her life in New York City Hospital now simply because of who she is and because she was walking down the street with the gay man" (Robbins). To be honest, I can't even believe that people still have to go through this in the "modernized" and more "developed" society.

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