By Florida Faith and Freedom Staff
Many Americans believe this year’s riots and protests are more about election year politics than public policy, but for the sake of argument, let’s assume the purpose of these events is to air grievances—mainly under the banner of “social justice.”
The concept of social justice is impacting our society whether we like it or not. We have ignored this concept for too long—not as we understand it, but as the Radical Left understands it. For the Radical Left, “social justice” is usually a fuzzy rationalization of socialism—a justification for income and resource redistribution.
Social justice was originally a Catholic term, used to describe the need for re-organizing a modern society experiencing a mass exodus from the countryside to the city. In this sense, the original concept of social justice was far more in line with people of faith today, who believe that social justice is the manifestation of Mathew 25:20 (NIV), “…’Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” In tandem with the concepts of freedom and liberty, our founding fathers based their formulation of the United States Constitution on this much older, more traditional conception of social justice.
The important difference between the Radical Left’s conception of social justice and the faith-based conception of social justice is the answer to the question, “Who’s in charge, the state or the citizens?”
The framers believed that, to the greatest extent possible, the people should be in charge. While they admittedly expressed a distrust of the masses and direct democracy, they believed that a populace, with virtuous representation and wise leadership, could best ensure justice for all. To advance this idea, they created the Constitution and adopted the democratic republic form of government.
This is the manner in which the social justice debate became a history debate, essentially an argument over whether we will follow the course determined by our faith and charted by our nation’s founding fathers, or whether we will follow the course set by Marx, Lenin, and the secular elite of modern society.
In an attempt to win this debate, the Radical Left has made a calculated (and mostly successful) attempt to take over America’s universities and K-12 schools. As many of us shout concerns about this annexation from the rooftops, the media and timid politicians across the political spectrum attempt to explain it away. We’re told that we are exaggerating or that we are insensitive or worse yet, racist.
The next step for the radical left was erasing our history…tearing down statues, changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and the like. Notably, the Radical Left not only opposes memorials for Robert E. Lee and other Civil War figures, they oppose honoring founding fathers such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
The most recent iteration of this attempt to erase history is best understood with the announcement made by the Radical Left in Illinois. In August, Representative La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago began calling for the abolition of all history classes in that state. He publicly asserted: “school history teaching leads to white privilege and a racist society…” and “we need to end the miseducation of Illinoisans,”
His press release noted that upcoming press conference participants would “discuss how current history teaching practices overlook the contributions by Women and members of the Black, Jewish, LGBTQ communities and other groups…pushing for an immediate change in history changing practice starting this school year.” Another quote from Representative Ford’s release read: “Miseducation has fed and continues to feed systemic racism for generations.”
This Radical Left narrative is cloaked in social justice, but Representative Ford’s demand is, quite literally that the state of Illinois must eliminate American history classes and replace them with left wing, socialist propaganda. In order for the Radical Left to implement its agenda across the entire nation, it needs to do the same, school district by school district—abolish history and erase our collective memory of the founding principles of the Republic and the traditional, faith-based conception of social justice.
Social justice will play no small role in the upcoming election. Voters, many of whom are already mailing in their ballots, will look back on 2020 and ask themselves which candidates are best suited to lead our nation through these tumultuous times—and to stop the Radical Left’s attack on America.
Your voice and your vote have never mattered more than they do over the next few weeks. Please make sure that you vote—and give someone who shares your values a ride to the polls on election day.