The Principle Of Equality And Discrimination Essay

824 Words Mar 11th, 2016 4 Pages
The principle of equality is one that seeks to arrive at condemnation of any form of discrimination. According to MacKinnon and Fiala the principle states that it is unjust to treat people differently in ways that deny to some the social benefits unless we can prove that there is a real difference between them that is relevant to the differential treatment (MacKinnon and Fiala 292). Showing real difference means showing innate or naturally occurring differences that socialization does not influence. It further states that it is not acceptable to treat people differently on the basis of differences that we only think exist as it causes them denial to social benefits, discrimination and harm (MacKinnon and Fiala 293).
Firstly, in terms of social benefits an example is with the social policies that exist, like voting and driving. In most cases, the driving schools will only accept children of ages fifteen and above and voting is strictly for children of above eighteen years old in the American system (MacKinnon and Fiala 294). Looking at it critically one may find out that a fourteen years old is able to focus on driving much more than the children of the required age. Again, a seventeen year old is likely to make a good decision on whom to vote for as compared to the others. We thus find the policies limiting by virtue that one belongs to a certain group and it does not look into the individual’s ability to make decisions. A characteristic may be typical of a group of people…

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