Introduction to Ethics & Social Responsibility

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Some Moral Minima Page 1

Amanda Reed
Some Moral Minima
SOC120: Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility
David Strand
October 8, 2012

Some Moral Minima Page 2
I would have to say that Lenn Goodman is right about certain things being wrong. In this paper I am going to be discussing what Lenn Goodman found while at the international meeting of philosophers. The first thing that I have found that Goodman is correct about is people target a group and then blame them for something bad that happens or happened. There are people that are targeted from others. I will be talking about slavery, females not being able to vote, and how people thought that there was only one race that was the only way to live. There are some people that are prejudice against the gender, color, language, class, and educational attainment. That alone is wrong. People thought that the colored was only good for cleaning and taking care of the white’s children. “Racial prejudice, or any invidiousness that ritualizes exclusion, marks a victim category, singles out a type—by sex or color, language, class, or educational attainment (as in the Cambodia of the killing fields or the China of Mao’s Cultural Revolution)—is wrong, unfair, before a drop of blood is shed for the shining ideal to be polished in its name. (L. Goodman 2010)” People think that mass murder is different from any criminal slaying a targeted victim. Genocide is uglier than murder. Genocide means there are individuals are targeted as members of a large group going to be out to destroy a race, culture, and ethnic identity. The Soviets did that in Ukraine, or Mao in China, Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. All living beings made claims life no matter how big or small it is. Hitler killed a lot of people all because they were not white. Some Moral Minima Page 3

When people are targeted because of a group they belong to and then something happens that is wrong or against the law they...
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