Unjust Justice Essay

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Justice is in fact the most important system of our government. To some people justice is the punishment someone receives after being convicted of a crime; other people could think it means the difference between knowing right from wrong. In my opinion, along with dictionary.com, justice is best defined as the fair and equal treatment of people. This is not just used in the court of law however; my definition should be used in every aspect of human life, from work to school and beyond. But, for that to happen, I believe "fair and equal treatment" needs to be defined, and that means to treat people of any skin color, gender, age, sexual preference, or any other personal trait the same way.

So if justice in considered to be fair, that would make something unjust, unfair, right? What if an innocent person was proven guilty in a court of law and spent time in jail or money to pay a fine? That would be considered just, because in the court of law he was in fact proven guilty, however it would also be unfair because the person is innocent. This is the same result in another case, the most current issue and most relative in my belief would be Affirmative Action. If justice is in fact fair, therefore not treating persons of different races or gender any different then Affirmative Action is unjust, and although I do not oppose such a policy, I still see it as unjust.

Affirmative Action was created by the United States government to overcome the effects of past social discrimination by assigning jobs and resources to members of specific groups, such as minorities and women.¹ Now first things first, minority must be defined, a minority is not just the stereotypical African-American or Latino, it is actually a group of people who differ racially from a larger group of which it is a part². So nationally yes, the minority would be any race other then White/Caucasian, however if you break up the population regionally, and look at specific cities or towns, such as Atlanta, Georgia or Harlem, White/Caucasian's would be considered the minority. Although I do not disagree with the policy of Affirmative Action, under what I have just stated and defined it is unjust.

But Affirmative Action was actually created to uphold justice and fairness to all. For those who do not fall within the definition of minority this policy is unfair, making it unjust. For the actual minorities within the region this policy makes it easier or more fair for them to get a job or be accepted into a college. So, therefore Affirmative Action is a contradiction of itself, because it was made to make things fair for the disadvantaged, but because it does that, the once advantaged become the new disadvantaged. In this phase of switching places, it becomes unfair for the once advantaged to become the new disadvantaged, thus making something just, unjust.

Besides Affirmative Action there are more things that are considered just when in fact they are...

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