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What is "Social Justice"?

"The challenge of social justice is to evoke a sense of community that we need to make our nation (our world) a better place" - Marian Wright Edelman
 
The common phrase "Social Justice" is often ambiguous or misrepresented. What exactly does it mean? Social justice requires acceptance of reality as it is today, not disregarding the past, instead incorporating the historical context of people and places in understanding the world culturally, politically, and otherwise.
 
The word 'justice' represents a focus on the inequalities or inequities of the world and pressing necessity to change. One must strive for a fair and equitable future for all people of all societies. Only through realization of these oppressive qualities of human nature can any change be made institutionally.
 
This term, social justice, is one that requires a long-term commitment.  Change is a very slow process, and a change that strives to benefit all of society is difficult, but absolutely necessary for many reasons