In loving, living memory, John Melançon 1928 – 2007
I googled "where did the term social justice come from" and all that's on the first page is the reactionary establishments campaign to make people think it is a bad thing (seriously, the Heritage Foundation is openly out to get the phrase).
I'd just wanted to know when and who had thought it was a good idea to artificially separate (and prefer) the vague and wishy-washy social justice from the harder and clearer concepts of racial justice, economic justice, environmental justice, and, you know, justice.
I don't think it matters when or where or how. The lesson is learned. If we reduced our demands to "could you not spit at us while we polish your shoes" the reactionary wing of the establishment would slander that sentiment as being against freedom, prosperity, and opportunity.
We want justice. Fairness. Including economic justice. The Heritage Foundation doesn't like the diluted social justice liberals thought would be more acceptable than possibly suggesting that wealthy few should be separated from some of the disproportionate and unjust proportion of the property they hoard and protect so aggressively? The door is back open for radical thought.
We do not have true liberty without justice.
Our opportunity for prosperity is squandered without justice.
Justice means that everyone has a fair share of the unambiguous material inheritance of nature and human technology.
Glad we could all agree to let that hard-to-define term social justice rest for now.