Civil rights activists refer the term social injustice as the inequality in distribution of advantages and disadvantages in the society. Social injustice ranges from income disparity, discrimination, unemployment or oppression through marginalization of a particular group of people in the society (Caitlin & Amy, 2011). The local, state as well as the national governments are prone to making policies, which are oppressive to the citizens hence contributing in commission of social injustice.
Poverty in the United States is very rampant, and is viewed as one of the major social injustice in the country. Poverty is simply the inability to afford basic social amenities, such as food and shelter (Caitlin & Amy, 2011). One of the main cause of poverty is the lack of well-paying job opportunities. The government is trying to solve the problem by formulating a minimum wage policy to ensure the workers are not underpaid. The government is also funding the education sector to ensure every citizen can access education.
Theorists have explained the high levels of poverty with the poor having very little concern about their future life. The states stricken with the culture of poverty have their citizens feel inferior and hopeless (Cooper, 2011). The government has launched initiatives to enlighten the poor about their abilities in life. The government has been sponsoring students from poor background to pursue education in order to bring light to the rest of the community.
The United States government has made a step in reducing the impact of poverty in the country. For example, the Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy launched in the United States aims at giving every citizen a chance to develop economically (AhmadColin, Soskolne & Ahmed, 2012). The strategy has succeeded in tackling poverty in various states. The strategic plan is under implantation and it indicates successful eradication of poverty as a social injustice.
The epidemic of poverty is also experienced in the United Kingdom. The impact of this social injustice is however less severe than in the United States (Cooper, 2011). The United Kingdom addresses the issue of poverty by publishing policies, which explains the government’s plans for enabling the economically challenged people to make their lives better. The government has set the objectives to achieve from the plan as well as the dynamics of measuring the success of the plan.
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