The concept of social injustice “implies the presence or promotion of unfairness, inequity, and/or marginalization in society. Social injustice manifests itself in practices such as discrimination in all forms, oppression and other practices and social structures, which hinder the realization of the full human potential” (Quist-Adade, 2014, p. 35). Social injustice is the unfairness of society. The local connection social injustice has within Vancouver is our homelessness. This is because there is a social unfairness in our society because some people do not have the means to have their full human potential. A global context is the poverty in Africa. This is more so connected to the local example because people in Africa may also not have the means to meet their full human potential. How these two articles are connect is that both are connected to social injustice. One article about the homeless in Vancouver do not have the right means of a proper living place and the article about African poverty notes that the people in poverty do not have the right food content. There are changes being made in both areas in order to fix these problems.
There has been an increase in homeless people in downtown Vancouver. Some homeless people have been living on the streets since they were young and are addicted to many drugs. In this article, the video shows a man who has been homeless and abusing drugs at a young age. He mentions that his mom use to be an alcoholic while pregnant so alcohol was in his bloods and has been addicted ever since.
However, it is stated that there has been study done that “mentally ill people placed in apartments scattered across the city break the law less and live happier lives compared to those put in hotel-style buildings” (Vancouver sun). This was what gave Vancouver a boost to help the homeless in the downtown region. They have noted that maybe “letting people choose where they live might make them more determined to change” (Vancouver Sun). This would be a good way to help the homeless get back on their feet and also help them out with any addictions or illnesses that they may have.
The people who are affected by this is our downtown society. Sometimes people may find it frightening to walk along the streets where there are homeless people because they do not feel safe. I believe that this is a good remedy because it will benefit our economy and help people get back on their feet for future goals they may have.
In the Globe and Mail article, To end poverty worldwide, fix African agriculture first, shows how some people in Africa live on $1.25 a day. This is a problem that needs to be solved. This article states that the U.S are trying to help poverty all around the world so that poverty could get better by 2030. The people who would be affected by this would be the people in poverty in Africa. This is in global context because it affects the whole world is the agriculture is booming then people will be willing to buy crops from all around the world in order to make profit for Africa. This is where the global social imagination comes into play. When Africa is thinking locally on how they could benefit their own continent, they would also be helping the world by providing trades in agriculture. This is a good remedy because not only would Africa be benefiting the whole world would be benefiting from the agriculture.