Social Justice Living in social environment has always been considered to be one of the most important prerequisites for the development of the inner potential of a human being. However, there are also instances when one group is able to exercise its influence over another one and dominate in all the areas of social life. A good example is colonization. This paper will analyze the notion of social justice with regard to indigenous people and those who conquered them. Speaking of the former, one might suggest that justice may be manifested in the form of granting them a considerable amount of freedom in various affairs.
For example, it would be advantageous if “indigenous people, as a specific form of exercising their right to self determination, have the right to autonomy or self government” (Churchill, 2003, 424). This way they will be able to preserve their traditional ways of life. As for those who dominate the social life on their territories, one should note that these conquerors should exercise their powers within a defined framework, so that their rule would not be despotic. Indeed, in this case social justice will come in the form of laws that both parties will strictly comply with. So, the situation of conquering land of indigenous people surely distorts the social justice, but it may be restored in the following way: for aboriginals – in form of granting self government; for conquers – in form of setting just laws that they would comply to so that their rule will be fair and not oppressing. ReferencesChurchill, W.
(2003). Perversions of justice: indigenous peoples and Anglo-American law. San Francisco: City Lights Books.