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Social Justice Terms

Definitions of important terminology for the course

Activist One who vigorously advocates a doctrine or a cause
Bias A tendency to believe that some people, ideas, etc. are better than others that usually results in treating some people unfairly
Colonialism the control or governing influence of a nation over a dependent country, territory or people
Discriminate to single out a particular person or group for special favour or especially disfavour, often because of a characteristic such as race, colour, sex, intelligence, religion, gender identity, etc.
Diversity the inclusion of individuals representing more than one national origin, colour, religion, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientation, etc.
Equality having identical privileges, rights. status, etc.
Marginalization excluded, ignored, or relegated to the out edge of a group/society/community
Oppression the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
Privilege a right, license, or exemption from duty or liability granted as a special benefit, advantage, or favour
Prejudice an unfavourable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.
Racism the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others
Refugee a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.
Stereotypes Blanket beliefs and expectations about members of certain groups that present an oversimplified opinion, attitude, or uncritical judgement.
Entitlement the right to guaranteed benefits under a government program such as Social Security or unemployment compensation.
Equity the quality of being fair or impartial; giving what is needed to remove barriers and/or obstacles
Social Justice the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society
Tolerance a fair, objective and permissive attitude toward opinions, beliefs and practices that differ from one's own
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