AA 2 - Some Arguments Against Race-Based AA Q: Principle,...

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Some Arguments Against Race-Based AA Q: Principle, or Policy Objections? 1. Color-Blind Principle: racial classification/ differential racial treatment per se unjust 2. AA Racially Divisive, in conception and effect (Scalia) 3. AA Racially Paternalistic, in conception and effect (Thomas) 4. AA Perverse, stereotype-reinforcing incentives to low effort (Loury) 5. AA inefficient, unmeritocratic (Pojman)
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The Color-Blind Principle: Is it Per Se Wrong to Treat People Differently by Race? Exercise: What’s wrong with allocating benefits (jobs, contracts, education, housing) on the basis of race?
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Racism and Racial Classification Objections to Classification: 1.) Material Injustice: race shouldn’t be causal factor affecting access to opportunities Race arbitrary, irrelevant Violation of merit 2.) Symbolic Injury: race-based allocations Express hostility, contempt toward disfavored groups Stigmatize, degrade status of disfavored Offend individuality via stereotypes 3.) Bad Effects on Society Inefficient Divisive
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Is the Color-Blind Principle Conceptually Confused? Not all discrimination on the basis of race is
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