phil5w10_Lecture_Feb9

phil5w10_Lecture_Feb9 - Luke Harris and Uma Narayan,...

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Luke Harris and Uma Narayan, “Affirmative Action as Equalizing Opportunity: Challenging the Myth of Preferential Treatment” Argues that affirmative action Was designed to benefit and has benefitted disadvantaged groups besides African Americans Does not give “preferential treatment” to women and minorities Aims to promote equal opportunity for groups that confront ongoing forms of institutional discrimination Is better understood as equalizing opportunity than as compensating disadvantaged groups or promoting social utility Should not be regarded as stigmatizing women and minorities
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AA was designed to benefit and has benefitted disadvantaged groups besides African Americans, but it should not be regarded as given these groups “preferential treatment” 1. The picture of AA as designed solely to help African Americans (a) is empirically false and (b) makes it easier to cast AA in a negative light 2. Latinos, Asian Americans, women, and working-class people, including
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