Thursday, December 24, 2020

Kansas City Economic Desperation Amid COVID Changes Politics Of Secret Santa???

Every holiday we share this concern with our blog community that is mostly ignored or overlooked.

Here goes . . .

AMID CHRISTMAS GIVEAWAYS WE CAN'T AFFORD TO CONFUSE CHARITY WITH THE FIGHT FOR TRUE SOCIAL JUSTICE!!!

An explanation . . .

Compiled by the good Catholics at St. Mary's check commonplace Christmas confusion:

Charity = Social service. Charity provides direct services like food, clothing, shelter.

Justice = Social change. Justice promotes social change in institutions or political structures.

Charity responds to immediate needs.

Justice responds to long-term needs.

Charity is directed at the effects of injustice, its symptoms. Charity addresses problems that already exist. Otherwise put: LOVE MOPS UP.

Justice is directed at the root causes of social problems. Justice addresses the underlying structures or causes of these problems. Otherwise put: JUSTICE TRIES TO MAKE SURE THE MESS ISN'T MADE TO BEGIN WITH.

Generally . . . Charity is private, individual acts.

Justice is public, collective actions.

Once again it's important to remember the conclusion of a great essay from Slate, this passage especially:

William Jewett Tucker, a reverend and future president of Dartmouth College, put it this way in 1891: Critiquing Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth" he declared that a society could make no greater mistake than asking charity to do the work of social justice.

However . . .

GIVEN COVID-19 ECONOMIC DEVASTATION, NOBODY SHOULD BE PICKY ABOUT HELP FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT!!!

Just as there's "no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole" — A desperate lack of cash does a lot to open people's minds.

A glimpse at local good deeds:

Shawnee police on mission to hand out $100 bills from Secret Santa

You decide . . .

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

KNOW YOUR SOURCE AND USING INCORRECT NOMENCLATURE TO DRIVE A POLITICAL AGENDA

(Before we begin, please momentarily scroll below and note where this Charity vs. Justice missive came from, it's labeled "Source" and was copied directly from the link provided.)
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Charity vs. Justice

Charity = social service. Charity provides direct services like food, clothing, shelter.
Justice = social change. Justice promotes social change in institutions or political structures.

Charity responds to immediate needs.
Justice responds to long-term needs.

Charity is directed at the effects of injustice, its symptoms. Charity addresses problems that already exist. Otherwise put: LOVE MOPS UP. Justice is directed at the root causes of social problems. Justice addresses the underlying structures or causes of these problems. Otherwise put: JUSTICE TRIES TO MAKE SURE THE MESS ISN'T MADE TO BEGIN WITH.

Charity is private, individual acts. Examples of charity: homeless shelters, food shelves, clothing drives, emergency services.
Justice is public, collective actions. Examples of justice: legislative advocacy, changing policies and practices, political action.

(Source: Office for Social Justice, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis.)
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According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of "charity" is: generosity and helpfulness especially toward the needy or suffering

According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of "justice" is: the maintenance or administration of what is just especially by the impartial adjustment of conflicting claims or the assignment of merited rewards or punishments
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In the first instance, we have the Office for Social Justice, Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis disseminating their political message. Exactly why this Archdiocese has an Office for Social Justice is not disclosed. From the land of Sainted Martyr George Floyd, are we not to question the motives from this group?

In the second instance, we have what I believe most Americans regard as the definitive (pun) source for English word definitions, meanings, and pronunciation.

KNOW YOUR SOURCE AND USING INCORRECT NOMENCLATURE TO DRIVE A POLITICAL AGENDA

Happy Holidays, Let Freedom Ring, and May Each Individual Develop Their Intellect/Reasoning/Logic to the Best of Their Ability!

Anonymous said...

Charity is voluntary on the part of the person who recognizes the need and gives it.

Social justice is usually forced by someone in power on people who do not agree that what is being done to them is either social or just.

Santa, baby said...

^^^ Stingy beetches.

No Christmas for you.

Alpinista said...

We mustn't allow the generosity of the wealthy to be our ONLY social safety net.

Racism is the reason we can't have a real social safety net like other industrialized countries.

Ironically, poor whites are the collateral damage of our countries ongoing war against People of Color.

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MDSF said...

...HAPPY FESTIVUS FROM THE REST OF US........

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