My inmate number is ND7568. The title of this piece is “Social service versus social change.” This is Kenjuan, Congo Jr. calling from a prison camp behind enemy lines.
You know, I had a conversation the other day, and somebody said, you, it’s important to know the difference between social service and social justice. And I like, nah, we got no difference between social service and social change. I mean, social justice and social change. This is why we got a social justice advocate. That social justice advocate is referred to as a public servant. They a public servant because they provide us social service, so these social justice advocates provide a social service, so they fall under the umbrella of social justice.
But what social service does is they produce immediate relief, like food, or clothes or shelter. But what social change does is that it attacks a fundamental issue. It changes the condition itself to eliminate the necessity of a social service. So social services is like the immediate relief and social change is a long term sustainable change. Both fall under the umbrella of social justice. See, it’s like when in order for there to be social change, people need to be able to survive. In order for people to be able to survive, their needs got to be met, and the needs are met through social service.
That’s why when the Black Panther Party had the ten point program, it was like, yo, this ten point program isn’t revolutionary. It’s just a survival program. Because in order for there revolution, there needs to be people. In order for there to be people they need to survive. In order for them to survive, their needs gotta be met, and their needs are met through social service. What the Black Panther Party did was they produce social service while working toward long term viable change.
So social service and social change need to be interrelated to the overall objective. The social service is a step to get toward the end. So social service isn’t the end. It’s the means to an end. The two are interrelated. So we gotta know the difference between social service and social change and understand its relationship to the overall objective. That is my little bit of insight.
This is Kenjuan Congo, Jr. calling from a prison camp behind enemy lines. Thank y’all. All power to the people. Thank you. All power to the people.
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