Social justice is the philosophy and practice of dividing people into various demographic categories and then treating them unequally, giving unearned rewards to some and unearned punishments to others. Social justice is thus extremely unjust.
In the American context, social justice consists mostly of punishing Asian and white people, while benefiting a relatively small number of black leftists – and certainly not benefiting those black people whose lives and livelihoods are disrupted by street crime and insurrection, or those whose lives are undermined by encouraging them to be wards of the state.
Christian Peck-Dimit argues that the National Basketball Association should hold its playoffs to advance its social justice mission (Collegian, Sept. 3). Since the NBA has strongly endorsed the Chinese Communist Party’s totalitarian crackdown on the free people of Hong Kong, I suggest instead the NBA suspend operation and be investigated by federal prosecutors for acting as an unregistered agent of a hostile foreign government. That would be real justice.
Charles N. Steele
Charles Steele is an Associate Professor of Economics.