By Kellie Moore
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands…actually don’t, because not everyone has hands so that might be offensive, and clapping could upset people with a fear of loud noises, and what if the person has depression and knows that they aren’t happy?
Did that sound ridiculous? Then you have an insight as to why some students might not have come to participate in our school’s Social Justice Day on January 29th, 2015.
The Social Justice Day at our school was mandatory, yet a bunch of students skipped school by either calling in sick or just not going. Because of this, kids who legitimately couldn’t go to school that day had to provide proof in order to get properly excused. It’s not hard to understand why.
If you go to Google and search “social justice” you would get plenty of articles about what it is and what it means. Social justice is a movement that aims to end racism, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of prejudice through educating those who are ignorant. However, those articles and explanations only scratch the surface because they don’t always provide information about who you can go to for more information about the subject and how you can be involved.
The unfortunate backlash of this is that social media websites have become very popular amongst the interwebs, and teens and young adults who have an account on those websites will be more likely to use it to look up others opinions and blogs on social justice and end up finding the wrong information.
Lately there have been people who advocate for social justice that are doing more harm than good. Dubbed “Social Justice Warriors” or “SJWs,” they mainly populate the social media website Tumblr and tend to state their ideals with a “fight hate with hate” mentality and compulsively coddle those who they feel might be offended, whether the person in question is offended or not.
More often than not, teens and young adults looking to become advocates will find the blogs that are harmful instead of actual social justice blogs. This can lead to a skewed or one-sided view on what social justice is. This will lead to either people believing that they have been advocating the wrong way or lead people to reject social justice and anyone associated with it because they believe that the advocates are arrogant, selfish, and close-minded.
It’s nearly impossible to prevent people from looking up and finding the bad examples of social justice or from coming in contact with SJWs. But, the next time we have a social justice day we can, before hand, come up with proper education strategies that can cater to all students and keep them interested, and it will be possible to prevent them from thinking that the dark side of social justice is the only side.