DOC 2 ThesisPlan Paper 1

DOC 2 ThesisPlan Paper 1 - Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor...

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Ng 1 Sharon Ng Professor Skrentny, TA Megan Strom DOC 2 – C06 03 February 2011 DOC 2 Thesis/Plan for Paper 1 Establishing a holistic view of democracy where minorities and the majority coexist with equal opportunities actualizes universal justice. However, under a democracy, it is unlikely for people to share equal opportunities, even though the mentality of a united people will continue supporting the principles of law and the protection of the commonwealth. 1. Brown v. Board of Education illustrates the mentality of a united people by concluding that blacks and whites should be able to attend the same schools and achieve the same opportunities, leading to equal privileges while upholding the principles of majority rule in a democracy. a. This case overruled Plessy v. Ferguson (majority faction) because it argued that segregation of whites and colored children in public schools had a negative effect on the colored students (working against justice for minorities). i. “A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn. Segregation with the sanction of law, therefore, has a tendency to [retard] the educational and mental development of negro children and to deprive them of the benefits they would receive in a racial[ly] integrated school system” ( Brown v. Board 190). 1. African American students were excluded and therefore, deprived of the benefits that they would receive in a racially integrated school system. 2. This was a main reason why the court case overruled Plessy v. Ferguson – to try and put blacks on equal ground with white students. b. Brown v. Board of Education ’s proposal to an end to school segregation, allowed blacks and whites to attend the same schools. This is a step toward minorities and majorities coexisting with equal opportunities. c. This court case argues for the desegregation of schools because strong educational foundation is important for good citizenship. i. “Today it is a principle instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment. In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms” (189).
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Ng 2 1. With continued segregation, blacks would not be able to learn how to be good citizens among all other things that education helps in navigating people through their lives. This is a strong argument for why blacks and whites should be equal in schools. d.
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