To me, a social injustice is an act in which an individual or group of individuals are not treated fairly based on his or her gender, sexuality, citizenship status, and/or ethnicity. social injustices arise when individuals, who should be considered as equals, are treated unequally. This is caused by barriers, such as racism, oppression, discrimination, and sexism. Social injustices will not be fixed until the individuals who do not respect others start realizing that it is not our differences that should be held against us, but embraced and glorified. Everyone is different, not one person is the same as the next.
There are various types of prejudices present in today’s society. One of the main types of prejudice, and also one of the most discussed, is racism. No matter how much is done to more educate society about racial tensions and how horrible it is to diminish another race just because of their skin color, the blatant fact remains that racism remains prominent in today’s society. Interestingly, many of these racial thoughts can be found at the root of stereotypes, most of which come from uneducatedness. For example, the common stereotype of Latinos and Hispanics doing the dirty work and taking the unwanted jobs in the United States.
The use of description and multiple plot lines demonstrates how true equality can actually be a detriment to society. Vonnegut makes it clear to the reader that if society continues in this pursuit of ultimate equality, people will lose the ability to compete and be unique, making them less individual. Society progresses today because of the skilled people who utilize their distinct talents to benefit society. If everyone has the same skills as everyone else, people are not able to cultivate their talents and in turn use them to better
Handicaps prevent an individual from functioning as a whole. Handicaps not only prevent people from being all they could be, but it prevents them from the individuality that makes them up as humans. In Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” set in the near future, displays how being equal in the eyes of the government, means having to cover up your talent, mind, or beauty, with an object that they see fit to make you the same as everyone else mentally, physically and emotionally. Vonnegut’s story explains how handicaps can weigh you down, quite literally.
In the short story “Harrison Bergeron, equality is clearly misunderstood, therefore I disagree that everyone in the story is equal. Although everyone was suppose to be equal because of the Handicapper General, they weren't. Equal doesn’t mean everyone thinks or speaks on the same level, equal means that everyone has the same opportunity and chances as others do. The correct way to ensure equality is to encourage success and put infrastructure in place to help and motivate those who are born into situations which limit their opportunities, and in this story, the government has not done this.
However, people do not have to conform to the standards set by society. In Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, society forced people to be alike, in every way possible. No one person better than another. However, it shows that handicapping those who have excelled in an area of life or have greater ability than another is an injustice.
These stereotypes are generalization relating to the diversity of a individuals identity which may be translated into destructive and oppressive behaviors and attitudes due to race or ethnicicty,for example women being paranoid and keeping her belongings to herself at the sight of a black man. Although oppression on an individual can affect self-esteem and mental health, it is oppression on an institutional level that poses a threat as it can lead to difficulty in the access of education, health care and legal system. Baines provide a definition of oppression, “oppression takes place when a person acts or a policy is enacted unjustly against an individual or group... depriving people of … basic human rights.” The undermining of oppressive attitudes such as racism within society is critical to the level of access of health resources to those disadvantaged groups, especially in regard to indigenous children. Iindigenous children suffer immensely from oppression, as they are born into a world where they are systematically disadvantages due to the poor quality of life of their parents led as a result of unemployment, inadequate housing, education etc.
Even if you are not fighting for justice for all, you are still fighting for justice for some people. If you believe in something, but do not wish to get involved then that does not mean you are condoning it. Not all people suffer from the same injustice. When you see it happening stand up for what is right. You do not have to become violent when standing up for a change, simply stay calm and talk this out, or peacefully protest.
In this essay the main focus will be looking at a wide array of perspectives, including local in Hong Kong, global in USA, some solutions, and my own personal perspective. Causes and Effects of Racism: A cause of racism is one’s own instinctive reaction for their protection. People who are racist tend to be people who lack qualities such as self esteem. Racism can come from the feeling of being victimised, worthless and lacking the
Disability is an impairment that corresponds to a person’s development, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, and/or a combination of these. Having a disability can really affect one’s life activities, whether it occurs since birth or sometime during a person’s life, it’s something that we should not discriminate against because it is something that does not come and go easily. Although this is not a topic that most people cover or talk about, it is very important because it involves the Human Rights. And they should be treated right because we are all human beings. All the media does is imitate or mock people with disabilities but there are some people who actually has the audacity to defend disabilities with the purpose of the Human rights.
When individuals become unwell some know they need help or assistance, but in some cases people refuse help or agree to treatment. This act sets out how and when someone gets treated, when someone can be admitted hospital against their will, or treated in hospital. Also lets individuals know their rights and that there is safeguards in place to protect their rights, this act has a set of principles which are taking into account when making decisions. These principles ensures that the person is not discriminated against, equality is promoted and respect and diversity. Within this act there is a compulsory treatment order which allows a person to be treated for their mental illness, however there is a set number of conditions to comply with and these can depend if the individual is in the hospital or out in the community.
HIPPA Breaches A Common Legal Issue in Healthcare When it pertains to patient health information discretion is paramount. Protecting patients from threats that could endanger their rights is essential and the primary reason for safeguarding their personal information is to secure the interest of the individuals who are entrusting the organization with their information. There are however breaches to individuals’ private health information. In the healthcare field one common legal issue is HIPPA and data breaches.
Equal benefits and pay are required of this act. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) makes a point to protect people who have any form of disability from being denied the opportunity to work. The EEOC main goal is to make sure that nobody feels like they are being discriminated against in the workplace. If there is a serious legal issue, the EEOC can get involved in a lawsuit with the company.
In the story of (Sharon Kowalski and Karen Thompson); there were three modes of oppression; ableism, heterosexism, and sexism. However, the oppression experienced in this instance would be systematic; (p. 476). Ableism is displaying a type of discrimination against someone with a disability (physical, mental, or medical). In the case of (Sharon Kowalski) this type of behavior is perfectly displayed, by those around her.
Medicaid, I believe, is an essential program to have and I agree that no one should have to make a compromise or choice to be educated or to be taken care of. Those types of decisions should be part of the rights a person has being a citizen of the United States. I would also agree with that not having dental, and psychiatric services are a negative impact to this program since these vulnerable populations would benefit greatly to these services. Although, having different requirements for different states can be cause confusion and inconsistency for the program, I do not find this to be a negative impact within Medicaid. The majority of individuals that participate in Medicaid are not traveling or moving to other states.