The‘White Like Me` documentary explores how the racial entity hasinfluenced the lives of white Americans. The documentary specificallyfocuses on what it means to white and the privilege accorded to thepeople who are ‘white like him.` The privileges infiltrate into theinstitutional organization including the education and employmentsector. The documentary also explores how the white rights can harmthe recipients in the long run and lessen their social progression.Tim states that colorblindness cannot be the solution to the racialdiscrimination. The film begins by narrating a personal story of WiseTim since he was a child to his adulthood. He attended a school thatwas mainly made of the blacks with a few whites who were treatedspecially. At one point, he protested the university`s investment inthe companies engaging in business with apartheid South Africahowever, he ignored the privileges accorded to him as white until atone point when he was asked to state how he had dealt with racism inthe United States.
Inmy view, the film argues that the whiteness concept is the majorcontributor of racial discrimination experiences in the UnitedStates. The greatest weakness in the overall argument in the film isthat there is limited use of the external sources to supporting thepoint presented in the documentary. Tim focused on the personalexperience mainly to convey the message on racial discrimination andwhiteness. Lastly, I think the overall argument is compelling becausethere are various emotional attachments presented in the documentary.Also, the real life experiences act as supporting evidence for theexistence of the issue at hand in the documentary.
Themain ethical issue presented in the Corporation Documentary is onbalance between the desire to earn a profit as well as provideconducive working environments for the workers. Corporations aremainly driven by financial greed and self-interests while exploitingtheir employees. The Corporation film focuses on the selected areaswhere corporations have damaged the society including the childlabor, manipulative ads, low wage payment and environmental damage.Ethically, business ought to engage in corporate socialresponsibility and ensure that they don`t cause harm to the societyin their pursuit of profit generation and expansion. According tothe film, corporations are characterized by features of psychopathicpersonally disorder which include deceitfulness associated withrepeated conning and lying for profit gain, incapacity to maintainenduring relationships and incapacity to experience guilt amongothers. The main argument is that corporations have failed to adhereto the ethical obligation of engaging in corporate socialresponsibility.
Inmy opinion, the film`s ethical arguments are compelling because itaddresses the real experiences in the business world. Sustainabilityrequires the balancing of the desire to make the profit as well asprotecting the environment and serving the needs of otherstakeholders. Some businesses focus on the stakeholders` value onlyand neglect the other corporate social responsibilities. The filmuses various examples to illustrate how corporations fail to complywith the ethical values and thus present the features of psychopathicpersonally disorder. It is ethically wrong to misuse peoplefacilitating the profit generation process with the aim of increasingthe shareholder`s value. Business ethics require fair and honestdealings where companies reward employees` efforts accordingly andalso take care of the environment where they operate (Harriss,and Atkinson1122).
Theauthor of the article explores the concept of unjust and just laws asevident in the letter from Birmingham Jail. The letter begins bystating that Martin Luther was in prison mainly because of injusticeand his incognizant of the interrelatedness of the communities andstates. The injustices are made against the black Americans in manyways including hate-fill police kick, brutality, and a curse. Also,most of the black Americans struggle with poverty in the midst of theaffluent society just because of racial discriminations. The whitepeople treat blacks with a lot of means they are not accepted in themotels and humiliated by the nagging signs reading white and colored.The author argues that laws are established to guide people to behavemorally upright in the society the unjust laws do not promote moralvalues in the society, and therefore, they should not be referred aslaws. Therefore, they must be applied universality and equally to allpeople in the American society (Harriss,and Atkinson1122).
Inmy view, racial discrimination impacts the society negatively byincreasing the gap between the privileged groups and the minorities.The state experienced during the writing of the letter to Birminghamwas pathetic and characterized with a lot of hostility to the coloredpeople. The Supreme Court`s decision of 1954 outlawing discriminationin the public schools was meant to promote integration among thevarious racial groups however, as the letter puts it, it isparadoxical to find people consciously breaking it. Unjust laws arenot laws at all because they are not harmonized with the moral law,and they lack the ethical values in them.
TheBible is used as a source of answers to the specific moral questionsin real life encounters in the current century such as questions onabortion and homosexuality. On the other hand, the author in thearticle asks an important question, should the Bible be the onlysource of the answer to every moral question? Sometimes the biblequotes may be mistaken and applied misappropriate to the prevailingethical questions. For example, the application of the passage inJeremiah where God told Jeremiah that He knew him while he was in hismother`s womb is used to justify the fact that fetus is a fullydeveloped person and thus should not be killed. However, the meaningof the scriptures in the passage was directly related to Jeremiah`scalling to be a prophet. The author concludes that the Bible is agood point of reference regarding moral ethics however, sometimes itsets high standards that are unrealistic in the current world(Harriss, and Atkinson1122).
Inmy opinion, the interpretation and address of the moral questionsshould be based on both biblical point of view as well as moralreasoning. For instance, the Bible prohibits abortions however, inreal life, it may be recommended in case the life of the mother is atrisk because of the pregnancy. The Bible sets a good standard thatought to be embraced to answers some of the ethical dilemmas in thecurrent world. However, care must be taken to ensure accurate andcorrect interpretation and application of the biblical scriptures inreal life situations this requires careful reading and understandingthe context in which the scriptures were written before applyingthem.
Theauthor explains the hardships experiences in the prisons andcategorizes the experiences into three categories. They are deprivedof food and subjected to a hard life, but they have to cope with thesituation and find a meaning to live. One of the most alarmingincidences evident in the excerpt was on the death sentence verdictin prison, for example, 90% of his fellow prisoners were to facedeath which would be executed within hours. Emotion, which issuffering ceases to suffer as soon as one forms a clear and precisepicture of it the prisoners forgot about their hardship andsuffering, and their aim was to keep themselves alive because theirfamilies were waiting for them at home. The ‘search for meaning` isused as the title and it signifies the experiences of prison lifewhere the emotional tortures are paralyzed by the desire to livemore.
Inmy view, the main ethical issue from the excerpt is on whether isethically correct to subject the prisoners to the torture andhardships to the extent of even killing them. The author narratesthat at one point out that they had to exchange cigarettes for soupat the camp to survive from the starvation. Ethical values requireadministration of just treatment to all people and moreover, thevalue of life ought to be respected. The excerpt states that theprisoners lived by chance at the camp and some had to give up on thelife experiences. In as much as the harsh treatments at the prisonare meant for correction they do not conform to the ethicalstandards.
Harriss,D. J., and G. Atkinson. "Ethical standards in sport and exercisescience research: 2016 update." Internationaljournal of sports medicine 36.14(2015): 1121-1124.
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