ASLMU announcement

Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States are taking a stand against racial injustice, according to an ASLMU announcement made Monday morning. 

The statement, a collaboration among student body presidents at Jesuit colleges, outlines a commitment to combatting racial inequality. 

Senior finance and economics double major and ASLMU President David Tassone shared how the statement is meant to impact students across the nation.  

"In November, ASLMU released a statement standing in solidarity with students of color, calling for dialogue about race across campus, and orienting our lives and education towards the greater good," said Tassone. "This statement expands ASLMU's previous letter beyond the bluff — hoping to enact national dialogue about race and calling Jesuit colleges and universities to be catalysts of change to put an end to systemic racial discrimination in the current higher education system." 

The statement draws on Jesuit ideals, and hopes other universities around the nation will follow.  

"According to Dr. Bove, this is the first time all twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities student body presidents have signed onto one issue during her tenure as Senior Vice President of Student Affairs," said Tassone. 

Amanda Lopez is a junior Marketing major in the M-School and a Journalism minor. She is from Chino Hills, California and has a huge obsession with Pinkberry. She loves puppies, going to concerts and re-watching The Office over and over again.

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Let's get right to core of the issue.

Beneath the political opportunism and intellectual laziness of the terms "social justice", and in particular, in this case, "racial inequality" is a pernicious philosophical claim, namely, that freedom must be sacrificed in order to redistribute income.

Ultimately, social justice is about the State amassing ever increasing power in order to do "good things". What are "good things"? Well, whatever the champions and warriors of social justice decide this week.

It could be free access to education.

It could be right to housing.

It could be g a y rights.

It could be income inequality.

It could be universal healthcare.

It could be dignity.

This week it's racial inequality.

It is always the cause of economic redistribution. Modern Jesuits have always been the enablers of socialism, facilitating -- and never acknowledging their part in it -- the underlying coercion required of it. Social justice socialism that inevitably led to 150 million deaths in the last 80 years around the world where socialism was applied.

It is no exaggeration that this Jesuit statement is, at it's core, after peeling away the layers, evil. Or, put another way, freedom-destroying and free will-destroying.

According to the doctrine of social justice, there are the "haves" and the "have nots". And the "haves" are always deemed to have too much. And the "have nots" never have enough.

Don't take my word for it. That is precisely how the UN report on social justice defines the term. It states, "Social justice may be broadly understood as the fair and compassionate distribution of the fruits of economic growth." It goes on, "Social justice is not possible without wrong and coherent REDISTRIBUTIVE POLICIES CONCEIVED AND IMPLEMENTED BY PUBLIC AGENCIES." Please re-read that.

And it gets worse.

The UN concludes, "Present-day believers in an absolute truth identified with virtue and justice are neither willing nor desirable companions for the defenders of social justice."


Translation: If you believe truth and justice are concepts independent of the agenda of the forces of progress (as defined by the Left), you are an enemy of social justice.

Compassion (i.e. social justice) is when Government takes your money and gives it to someone else. Greed is when you want to keep it.

The underlying point of social justice, then, amounts to a sweeping indictment of a free society. It suggests that any perceived unfairness or sorrow or economic want must be addressed by yet another Government effort to remedy that unfairness or sorrow or that economic want.

All we have to do is invoke that magic phrase "social justice" or "racial inequality" and we're on our way.

The invocation of "racial inequality", like invoking "social justice" always works from the assumption that the "right people", the anointed few, can simply impose fairness, prosperity and any other good thing you can think of. And the only institution capable of imposing social justice is the State ("Big Brother").

And keep in mind that the conventional wisdom among liberal elites is that it is the "conservatives that want to impose their values on everyone else." Clearly not so.

The self-declared champions of social justice believe the State must remedy, and CAN remedy, all perceived wrongs. And anyone who disagrees is an enemy of what is good and right. And therefore, it perfectly acceptable that the State must coerce them to do what is socially just.

And that, as Fredrich A. Hayek prophesized, is no longer a free society.

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