What is Racial Justice? - Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Corrie Boone

Corrie holds master's in elementary education, taught elementary ESL in the public schools for 5 years, and recently was teaching EFL abroad.

Racial justice is at the forefront of everything that is currently happening in the US, yet you might not quite understand what it is or why it's important. This lesson will help you break apart and understand racial justice and its significance.

Racial Justice

Racial justice can be a difficult thing to understand and an even more difficult thing to talk about. But, if the current events in the United States have taught us anything, it's that this issue is of the utmost importance. We're going to break down the term racial justice so that we can really get to the core of what it means and fully understand it.

MLK Jr spent his life fighting for racial justice.
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Race and Justice

To understand what racial justice is, you must first understand what each of these words means separately. Race (or racial) is often determined by your skin color and what you look like in general. Your race could be white/Caucasian, black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, American Indian, or a mix. These are categories society has developed to classify people into groups. However, even though society pushes the idea that you need to fit neatly into one group, you could fit into more than one of these groups.

Keep in mind, however, that race is different from ethnicity, although the two are often confused. Race is about what you look like; ethnicity is about your culture, like religion and language. For example, your race could be Asian if your parents are from an Asian country, while your ethnicity could be American if you were raised in America.

Justice is also a rather simple word to understand. Justice means fairness. Justice is often used to apply to the law. When a person breaks the law, they are given a punishment. If one believes this punishment is right and fair for the crime, they might say 'Justice has been served'.

What is Racial Justice?

Now that we've learned what race and justice mean separately, let's talk about what they mean together. Racial justice means equal and fair treatment for all races. But what does that mean in reality? Racial justice means having policies, beliefs, practices, attitudes, and actions that promote equal opportunity and treatment for people of all races. It's also important to note that racial justice is both an individual and a governmental responsibility. It's the responsibility of you, as an individual citizen, to believe in and support racial justice; it's also the responsibility of the government to promote policies and attitudes that are racially just.

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