Discrimination 1 - Q: Why study the causes of racial...

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Q: Why study the causes of racial disadvantage, when our aim is to judge the justice of race- related practices? Isn’t justice a matter of moral principle, rather than facts? A: Causal understanding suggests: Some seemingly innocent practices are not so Better remedies for injustice: dismantle the cause, not just compensate for effects
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What Ought to Count as Unjust Discrimination? 3 Broad Approaches: 1. Form: violation of group blindness 2. Purpose: deliberate discrimination 3. Impact: gratuitous/negligent differential impact Critical understanding of causes of unjust racial and other group disadvantage motivates move from 1 to 3
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Formal approach: Only policies that violate group blindness—overtly based on suspect classifications (race, gender, etc.) Problem: Secondary racism, sexism = discrimination on grounds correlated with suspect class., chosen to achieve discriminatory end post-Reconstruction race-neutral voting laws designed to disenfranchise blacks: poll tax, literacy tests, etc. Problem: some group classification necessary—
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This note was uploaded on 01/15/2012 for the course PHIL 359 taught by Professor Anderson during the Fall '09 term at University of Michigan.

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Discrimination 1 - Q: Why study the causes of racial...

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