Forward Looking argument

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Forward Looking argument - Preferential treatment will help to break down racial/sexual stereotypes and so equalize opportunities - Preferential treatment will have deeper more important egalitarian consequences Two Sorts of Arguments for Affirmative Action - Backward Looking arguments – Justifies preferential treatment as compensation for past wrong doings - Forward Looking arguments – Justifies preferential treatment because of its good consequences Backward Looking argument - Focus on a specific segment of society – black underclass - Characterized by alarming joblessness, welfare dependence, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, and violent crime - Objection: In particular, most blacks who benefit from preferential treatment are from the middle class - So, most beneficiaries of preferential treatment have no real claim to the benefits - Answer: But this assumes that middle class blacks and women are unaffected by racist/sexist attitudes - These attitudes support a system of expectation and stereotypes that subtly reduce
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PHI 2630 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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