Garfield Value Essay 1
Value Essay for Sharon D. Garfield
November 12, 2013
Garfield Value Essay 2
The core value I would like to expound upon would be social justice. I will start with what the text says and then what my understanding of it is. According to our text, social justice is upholding the condition that in a perfect world all citizens would have identical “rights, protection, opportunities, obligations, and social benefits,” regardless of their backgrounds and membership in diverse groups (Kirst-Ashman 2013 pp.36). Social justice also demands that all people have a right to basic human dignity and to have their basic economic needs met. But more often than not, minorities do not profit from social justice. When I say minorities, I am speaking of African Americans, Hispanics, the poor (any color), and other members of diverse groups. In order to truly acquire social justice, the government must be dedicated in distributing the environmental and economic "goods" and "bads" among all of the population.
Social justice is not only desirable in and of itself, but social inequalities are among the causes of environmental degradation. The poor are disproportionately affected by environmental problems and a recent Associated Press analysis of government data revealed that black Americans are 79% more likely than whites to live in areas where industrial pollution poses the greatest danger. Also “unemployment for African Americans is twice that of non-Hispanic Whites. The average net worth for Blacks is $6,166 compared with $67,000 for Whites. The root of the wealth inequality lies in a past in which African Americans were denied opportunities to accumulate assets. The discrepancies in wealth mean that many African Americans do not...