Going down memory lane, I am forced to ponder on the famous words of the great human right activist, Martin Luther King Jr.; the need to throw more light on this saying has made it binding on me to elucidate explicitly the true intentions and sincere motives of the late icon when he said; “Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat To Justice Everywhere”.
Injustice negates justice, human actions that abuses the privileges of others and care less about their dignity and emotions can be termed injustice. This concept also is not limited to humans; animals that are unduely killed or molested whose lives and existence are not considered precious can also be said to be victims of injustice.Different societies have varying ideologies about justice and injustice; cases that considered just in one society may be unjust in another society, but there are cases that are common to man and are generally seen as unacceptable by the average person and beyond that, it is sanctioned by a court of law to be an act of injustice. It cuts across verbal abuses, emotional distress, physical assault, forceful dispossession, human right abuses etc. Many examples of injustice include; racism, abuse, discrimination, gender inequality, starvation, poverty, politics of self-interest, ethnic polarization, religious prejudice etc.
My discussion will touch all areas of human endeavor where injustice apply:
Racism is seen as one of the greatest acts of injustice on the planet. Over the years, we have been made to sheepishly concur to the general belie that technology and science has made the world a global village; the effect of this statement is better felt on paper more than what we can relate with in reality. In the words of Martin Luther King, men are judged and treated based on the color of their skin rather than the content of their brain. Achievement has no color; yet the syndrome of psychological superiority and skin color prejudice will eventually put out the fire of individual potentials and self-worth reconciliation. Black or white, Negroid or Caucasoid, who cares? I am an advocate for originality and ingenuity rather than a crusader for racial scale of preference. What our world needs is solutions to its numerous problems, and attention should be paid more on those with the ability and skills to solve universal problems not those with the preferred skin color or better still, preferred accent. Operating on a level play ground will give the world an edge over racism and promote peaceful coexistence and mutual respect. It does not matter where, when, or who the victim is, racial injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.
Societal discrimination is another act of injustice eating deep into the fabric of human existence. A world where the physically challenged are made to feel less of humans, and the educated discriminate against the uneducated fellows, the rich against the poor and the elite against the average citizen, sometimes I do wonder if fortune truly favors only the brave? Because I know many brave ones who were not favored; on the other hand I am perplexed when I consider the crippled, the blind, the deaf, the unlearned and the poor, is their predicament a curse? Even if so, they deserve the right to live just like any other person. Accepting them in the society will ease their pain a little, extending to them the hands of fellowship will give them the assurance that they are not around here by accident. They are not incapacitated as such by their challenges; they still do have potentials which can be triggered and given expression by acts of love simply shown to them.
Abuse! Cases of rape against women are on the rise in India and in other parts of the world. Taking advantage of women because they are less powerful is a great injustice against humanity irrespective of where, when, and, to whom it is done. Fighting this assault against women is beyond government protection, it is a war that needs to be won psychologically by collectively educating sexually obsessed fellows in the affected parts of the world. Raping a woman is not a show of bravery or strength but degradation of human dignity. Decadence in educational structure leads to poor sensitization and poor orientation of the young ones to desist from this inhumane act. Promotion of social media campaigns against all known forms of abuse against women and children should be supported and encouraged. Upholding the dignity of women should be a priority on the world stage.
Gender Inequality is another act which defeats the original purpose of civilization and the true sense of justice. To those who have refused to embrace the benefits of civilization because they assume it tampers with the foundation of their fanatical beliefs or might eventually destroy the traditions which they hold sacred, I tell you; it’s high time you got out of your shell. Isolating the women and denying them some basic civic rights being enjoyed by their counterparts elsewhere is a great injustice and it is a threat to the freedom of women everywhere. Women for instance should not be denied the right to own a driver In China, female babies are being killed because of the one-child policy and their preference for males(Wikipedia). Women like Hilary Clinton, Angela Merkel and Theresa May have proved to the world that what a man can do, a woman can do also. There exists no just reason why women should be treated with disdain be it for cultural or religious reasons. Life offers everyone equal rights to exercise their freedom and live up to their potentials.
Politics of self-interest is prevalent in the world today. The fight for supremacy among the supposed super powers only leaves the third world nations in abject poverty and perpetual suffering; but the irony of the whole matter is that most of the resources the western nations pride in, are gotten mostly from the uncivilized world. Exploitation of the third world countries by exploring their abundant natural resources like gold, diamonds and crude oil and then, leaving them with polluted environments, contaminated water and bribing their leaders to turn a blind eye to their plea is a great injustice and can better be described as; ‘’man’s in-humanity to man’’. The world cannot truly say it has experienced justice and equity until every man whether royalty or in-rags, elite or commoner, educated or illiterate, privileged or less-privileged, rich or poor, black or white, Dick or Harry, is treated with equal respect and dignity.
Every citizen of the world should go out every day with no fear of being molested; no inferiority complex. Brave men should not be shown the prison door when they fight for human right and demonstrate courage to defend the down-trodden. No human life should be valued more than the other, no one deserves to starve when many can eat and have remains to throw to the dogs; for love’s sake, Let us consider the life of man precious as well as animals. No child deserves to stay out of school without having a thirst of the only tool that can refine the mind. No country should be exploited on the basis of technological advancement; no man’s property or belonging should be forcefully taken by a stronger party, none should be falsely accused and prosecuted. Ability should not be denied and exceptional skills should not be substituted for racial bias. For once in this world; let injustice be shown the exit door and let justice prevail until we come to the realization that; “justice to one is justice to all”.