Imagine for a second that someone stabbed you. Would justice call for you to stab someone else who had nothing to do with the crime perpatrated against you? Most reasoned people would suggest not. Yet it seems that these days, the term justice is thrown around to mean exactly that. Environmental justice, social justice, racial justice, and even economic justice speaks to a system that takes from some in society, regardless of their guilt in whatever actual or perceived crime, and gives to others regardless of their injury. When I was growing up, the term justice referred to what happened when a criminal committed a crime, was captured and subsequently punished by society. Back then (not ancient history by any means), aside from the most radical, most black people didn't at least publicly agree with the concept of reparations. While they might have still been angry about slavery, racism and segregation (and rightfully so), and demanded equal rights, most agreed that reparations were a bridge too far.
So the radical fringe on the left, following the Alinsky playbook and in an effort to continue to move our equally free country in the direction of the equally miserable, disposed of the term reparations, along with it's negative connotations, in favor of a much more common and already accepted term, "justice." After all, while reparations sounds like something is broken that needs fixing, who can question a person's right to Justice? The so-called "Center for Economic and Social Justice" which goes to great pains to try and distinguish their definition of justice from charity, defines justice as "giving to each what he or she is due." Notice that there is no mention of who will be doing the giving.
But this isn't justice at all. The actual definition of the word has nothing about giving people their due. In fact as the opening theoretical suggests, the current politically correct redefinition of justice amounts to nonsensically punishing one group for the actions of another. And while those that committed the sin of slavery are long gone, and while the worst white-on-black discrimination is behind us for the most part (and the rest is already illegal), proponents of such justice suggest that all, guilty or not, pay for these sins.
This author isn't suggesting that racism doesn't still exist in some quarters, or that there shouldn't be protections against discrimination. In fact, just the opposite. Those who pose such "justice" as a modern day solution to ills of the past, or some form of compensation for the prior bad actions of this country, are no better than the slave owners, slave traders and other bigoted racists throughout history. After all, reparations, race-based "justice", affirmative action and quotas are a continuation of racism and discrimination, systemically carried out against people as innocent as those on whom it was first practiced.