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The Tyranny Of The Majority By John Stuart Mill

- Can a person gain complete liberty in a modern democracy. Majority of the people will argue that a democratic government guarantees the freedom of the people and protects the rights of the individuals. However, John Stuart Mill, an English philosopher, claimed otherwise. In his book, On Liberty, Mill believed that there is tyranny in a modern democracy and it takes the form of mass opinion and mass society, and he claimed that individuality can help guard oneself against it. In On Liberty, Mill claimed that in a modern society, tyranny exists in different forms....   [tags: Person, Individual, Tyranny of the majority]

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Role of the Majority in a Society

- One of the defining principles of democratic society is the idea that “majority rules.” Despite the fundamental nature of this principle, it has been challenged by some of the greatest thinkers in history. Henry David Thoreau, Emmeline Pankhurst and Karl Marx are among these great thinkers who have commented on the role of the majority in different political and social situations. In works such as, “Civil Disobedience,” “Why We Are Militant,” and the “Communist Manifesto,” they point out some of the inherent flaws with the “majority rules” maxim....   [tags: Karl Marx, Henry Thoreau, Pankhurst]

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The Majority Of Comedy Is Centered On Identity

- The majority of comedy is centered on identity. Comedy, like many other aspects of different cultures contains barriers that are broken only by an understanding of the context of the comedy. In order words, it is unlikely that an African would fully understand a joke by an American comedian if the joke draws from a primarily American historical or social context. Hence, what one can identify with affects what kind of jokes one can relate to. Identity is predicated on the ability to relate because identities are formed through personal interpretations of the environment one finds himself or herself in....   [tags: Black people, Race, African American, White people]

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Equality vs The Tyranny of Majority

- “Tyranny of Majority” is a phenomenon in a democratic society where decisions are made by the majority group and the decision oppresses the minority group, comparable to that of tyrants. The term was first used by John Adams in 1781. It was later popularized by Alexis de Tocqueville in his book: Democracy in America; and further spread by John Stuart Mill. In their works, both Mill and Tocqueville are concerned about the existence of the tyranny of majority in democracy and saw the necessity of a civic culture that supported liberty and diversity in order to prevent such tragedy....   [tags: Democracy and Equality]

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Electoral College: Tyranny of the Majority

- With a Presidential election year upon us, the United States’ national election process will once again take its place at center stage of American politics. 200 years after the Electoral College’s creation, it still serves its intended purpose, but the increasing social and political awareness in America has caused a need to look at reform in this process. The question that should be asked by every citizen as they participate in the vote next year is if the Electoral College enables the wishes of the people to be truly represented....   [tags: Politics]

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Is Congress Really Representing the Majority?

- In our recent past, there has been laws pass that, not all of which are necessarily unconstitutional but defiantly not in the interest of the normal average citizens. I wonder often if our elected officials are in touch with the needs of the masses. If they are in touch with the ill’s that plague our country. Or is it only about looking out for number one and their wealthy donors. Many others feel the same. The majority of the last 30 years the legislation has not reflected the best interest of the public as much as it should and in some cases not at all....   [tags: representation of the American people]

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The Muslim Majority State of Pakistan

- INTRODUCTION The Muslim majority state of Pakistan was created in 1947 when the Indian sub-continent was divided. Since then, Pakistan has been plagued with domestic political hostility and regional conflicts. Originally, Pakistan was divided into two parts (east and west) to appease the complaints of Indian Muslims. The eastern part is present day Bangladesh, while the western part is the present day Islamic Republic of Pakistan (Human Rights Watch 2014). Over the past few decades, Pakistan has faced much corruption and inefficiency....   [tags: ICCPR, religious minorities]

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Majority Rule and Minority Rights

- Majority rule can often lead to tyranny because of the pursuit of the majorities’ interests; however, with the Supreme Court and its interpretation of the Constitution, minority groups are often able to rule over the unjust majority. Majority rule is essential in a democracy and having limits does not contradict the majority’s power. The principles of majority rule can be upheld while the rights of minorities are protected as long as justice is maintained through the checks on majority factions and justified court rulings....   [tags: protecting minorities]

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The Minority vs The Majority

- Historically, minority populations have found themselves put down and oppressed by a stronger majority. Literature has documented the struggle of the minority, and focused on the individuals that overcome the oppression and succeed. The movie, The North Country, displays the trouble between new women workers and the established men workers in a Minnesota mine. Champion of the World, depicts the fight of Black heavy weight boxer, Joe Louis, who represents his race in a battle for equality. The story, Fish Cheeks, portrays the encounter of a young child with her culture, and the imposing forces of conformity....   [tags: Social Studies]

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Political Majority and Federal Spending

- Abstract This paper addresses the following question: what determines government spending in the United States. In short, I believe real government spending to be a function of partisan political control. Specifically, I hypothesizes that a majority congressional representation by either the Democrats or the Republicans does not affect the level real federal government spending. In other words, government spending does not increase due to a Democrat majority or decline due to a Republican majority.  Introduction Every two years on the first Tuesday in November, Americans across the country vote on who will represent them in the Federal government....   [tags: Government]

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Racism And The Majority Status

- The Majority Status One of many things that makes America great is a collaboration of ideas that we are able to express and discuss freely. There are a variety of controversial topics, not the least of which is racism. Racism is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as, “Discriminatory or abusive behavior towards members of another race”. Often, this is viewed as being discriminatory towards minorities, such as our black, Asian, or Hispanic communities. However, what is not commonly discussed is the idea that are so willingly to cast out any idea of inferiority against those communities, that in turn we are actually giving them unfair advantages in academics, namely scholarships....   [tags: Racism, Race, White people, Black people]

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A Majority Of Google Inc

- A majority of Google Inc. revenue comes from its advertising services. As a search engine provider (i.e. chrome) it knew that it had access to billions of customers worldwide which businesses want to reach. So it asked the question, “What if we could provide products that allow for better attribution and measurement across screens so that we show great ads for the right people?” (citation). From there came this idea of providing advertisement services to businesses. Its ad services are grouped into Performance advertising and Brand advertising....   [tags: Google, IPhone, Google Chrome OS, Google Voice]

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A Majority Of Sexual Assault

- A majority of sexual assault victims cease to report their abusers. Out of the ¼ women that will be sexually assaulted in their life, only 6% of those occurrences are actually reported (Ramirez, 2016). There are plenty of reasons as to why a woman or a man would resist informing someone about an attack on him or her; embarrassment, victim blaming, fear of being attacked again, the list goes on, even to reasons we may not know of. All of these reasons that we are highly aware of bring shame upon the one suffering rather than the offender....   [tags: Rape, Sexual assault, Sexual intercourse, Abuse]

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Majority or Minority Influence

- This essay concerns social influence in general. Aspects of social influence as such as majority influence and minority influence will be discussed in terms of their underlying psychological processes and how they differ. Majority influence or conformity refers to the desire to belong or to fit in within a particular group which involves adopting certain attributes, behaviour and attitudes of a particular group. As a result individuals consequently experience group pressure (in Baron, Branscombe & Byrne 2008)....   [tags: Politics, Compliance, Conversion]

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Minority and majority rights

- The rights of many people versus the rights of an individual is certainly a vexing concept. Like a delicate balancing act; if one side is favoured over the other it causes a rift in the already strained relationship between the minority and majority. Evidently, the justification of taking any side must be valid, according to the theories of H.L.A. Hart. In the past, Canadian law has violated the rights of minorities; however, these violations have decreased in their severity as time has passed on....   [tags: Canada]

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The Debate Between The And Minority And Majority, And The Environment

- ... Thomas’s position because her position contains more scientific reasons to prove that the GM crops are helping the poor. Although Dr. Patel claimed that the GM crops are the only option that farmers to choose, and sometimes the yield was even lower than the original one. The technology of gene modification was mature, but not mature enough to ensure that every time the product would be satisfying. The airplane cannot take off and fly longer than miles when people first built it, and now it is one of the primary ways that people travel from place to place....   [tags: Genetically modified organism]

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Religion Is A Role Model For Majority Of People

- ... But, the book author “Is Jesus Son of God?” which is a Muslim argue that, “Christians cite [Matthew 3:17] verse as the basis for their belief that Jesus is the ‘Son of God’. But then they fail to consider several other verses which refer to so many others too as the sons of God” (Adideen 12). Along with this expression, Adideen also said that “verse Matthew 3:17 the saying is reported to have come from heaven and not from the Lord. It could very well be the prank of the devil” (Adideen 13). Adideen as a Muslim doesn’t believe that Jesus is a really Son of God....   [tags: Islam, Jesus, Christianity, Bible]

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Constitutionalism: The Tyranny Of The Majority

- In this excerpt from Democracy in America Alexis Tocqueville expresses his sentiments about the United States democratic government. Tocqueville believes the government's nature exists in the absolute supremacy of the majority, meaning that those citizens of the United States who are of legal age control legislation passed by the government. However, the power of the majority can exceed its limits. Tocqueville believed that the United States was a land of equality, liberty, and political wisdom....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Criticisms of Majority Influence Research

- The Criticisms of Majority Influence Research In 1935, Sheriff studied conformity in an ambiguous situation using a phenomenon known as the auto kinetic effect. This was done by shining a dot of light onto a wall in a dark room and asking participants to stare at it for a length of time. He would then ask how far they thought it had moved. Even though the dot did not move at all and participants were not told, therefore the participants always had an answer. Sheriff’s study was criticised for having no physical means of testing reality, high ambiguity and for not having a single correct answer....   [tags: Papers]

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Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

- In his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the “appalling silence” of those who are innately good, yet refuse to take any action, expressing that nonexpression is a greater evil than any radical viewpoint. To this group, you, who may not vote, who may not speak out against injustice, who may not express any opinions, I ask of you: does this silent portion of the population still exist, quietly living its lives and creating minimal impact on the world around it, or are King’s messages antiquated and outdated in modern society....   [tags: the silent majority]

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Examining the Collectivities that Protect the Existing Incarceration Policies

- In a society that claims freedom and equality is a constitutional right, the United States has unprecedented rates of individuals in incarceration. According to the Stanford Law Review, over two million individuals were incarcerated in the year 2002, the majority African Americans (Roberts, 2004). The high rate of incarceration creates the illusion of a nation with a terrible crime epidemic and a need for a 'tough on crime' attitude to keep the streets safe, although this is far from reality. The influx of prisoners is not due to a rise in dangerous crimes, but is in result of public policy changes and the social construction of institutions....   [tags: minorities are the majority]

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Truth and the Majority View

- Truth and the Majority View The majority view occurs in a wide range of judgments from a few friends arguing over a football game to worldwide opinion of global ecology. The purpose of this essay is to explore the formation of a majority view and test the validity of its judgment using the reality principle. The reality principle Wittgenstein's private language argument attacks the idea of the private object. Essentially, his claim is that if I cannot be wrong about 'the colour blue looks to me' then I cannot be right either....   [tags: Philosophy Philosophical Essays]

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Social Inequality Of Race : Americ Majority Vs Minority

- Social Inequality of Race in America: Majority vs Minority. In 2009 Barack Obama was elected President of the United States. His presence in the White House has been controversial to some; specifically one group named the Birthers, who highlighted Obama’s race throughout their development. The Birther Movement (Birthers, n.d.) questioned Obama’s citizenship, location of his birth, and right to hold office, both during and after the election. This monumental moment in American history also highlighted the prevalence of racism that is still alive today....   [tags: United States, African American, Race, Racism]

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What Is Social Psychological Findings On Majority And Minority Influence?

- ... This can make it a two way process as their decision which is based on all the evidence, the knowledge and how much information they will manage to note down during the trial can lead them to rely on the heuristics method which is a quick decision that’s used when a quick decision that’s based on a short cut to the brain that can give an inquorate decision. There is some research done on the jury system and only a small amount of that research which been able to reach the attitude and behaviour of the juries....   [tags: Jury, Jury trial, Hung jury, Trial]

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Sleep Is A Trait That The Majority Of All Life Forms

- ... For years, people have been using natural remedies and substances to try and abate their sleeping conditions. However, many scientists and researchers have found that there are 4 key practices to alleviate or lessen the problem. In 2007, The American Academy of Sleep Medicine issued a paper, which reviewed the findings of the 4 methods and listed them as “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), over-the-counter products, prescription sleeping pills, and unapproved prescription drugs.” Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a combination of a few different treatments, which have been shown to have a positive impact on patients for longer periods of time....   [tags: Insomnia, Sleep deprivation, Sleep disorder]

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The Black Majority by Mary Lee and Barry Wood

- The Black Majority The Black Majority was written by, Peter H. Wood. Wood was born to Mary Lee and Barry Wood. He grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and later went to Harvard University where he received a Ph.D. The Black Majority: Negroes in Colonial South Carolina from 1670 through the Stono Rebellion is one of Wood’s greatest accomplishments. The book has been awarded prizes and was incorporated into how historians studied African American History. In this book Woods does a fantastic job a summarizing the history of slaves in South Carolina in a very detailed way....   [tags: black history, colonial history]

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The Surface Science Works On A Basis Of Majority Position

- In this statement the author is arguing that on the surface science works on a basis of majority position; if you have a conflicting minority position, your views will not be simply accepted without strong enough evidence because once scientific proof has been established it is effectively unbreakable. Underneath this exterior, the processes behind making scientific discoveries occur under the assumption of equality and political freedom from ideologies, while the ongoing search for scientific knowledge is a topic of conflict which will eventually result in a view which is closest to the truth....   [tags: Science, Scientific method, Epistemology, Ideology]

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Majority Of Coc Staff Exposed By Marcel Aubut Harassment

- ... Men would force themselves on them and would constantly call at late hours of the night disturbing their sleep and their lives. To this day I do get angry at the lack of human resources that existed in that time period. When I apply for a job I would do a bit of research to ensure myself that I know exactly what I am getting myself into. With doing so, I would remind myself of the rights that I have as a working Canadian; also it helps me get a well understanding about the benefits I have thus knowing how to deal with situations....   [tags: Abuse, Harassment, Human resource management]

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Slavery Evolved: A Minority Control A Majority of The Wealth

- When Americans today consider the term “slavery,” they recall a dark time in their nation's past, when an entire race of people were subjugated solely for the color of their skin, a travesty of civil rights that progressive thinking has striven to heal, insofar as paving the way to the election of an African-American president. Slavery is an antiquated practice from a draconian past, and it has no relevance in this modern, enlightened age. What Americans fail to comprehend is that slavery is not only alive and well, but thriving, and fueling the global economy at the expense of human lives....   [tags: african americans, civil rights, globalization]

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Majority Rule

- Majority Rule According to John C. Calhoun’s “Disquisition on Government”, Rousseau’s ideas were wrong. Unlike Rousseau, Calhoun believes that man is more self-interested than socially interested therefore Rousseau’s idea of a sovereign making a fair general interest decision obsolete. Calhoun acknowledges the fact that in any society there has to be a decision making procedure and a form of power. He then explains how that power will naturally make self-interest a priority. Calhoun breaks up the decision making process of voting into two different categories, numerical/absolute majority and constitutional/concurrent majority....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Majority vs Minorities

- Majority vs Minorities The majority and the minority bring forth change in policy in a democratic society. Majority rule means that, if there were an over whelming amount of support on a issue their voices would be heard by the government. Our government is run on a majority rule. People in our society elect officials and put their faiths in them to make their choices. In a majority rule the basic concept of democracy is that the people ultimately rule. The Government passes laws that appear to be the “deliberative will” of the people....   [tags: essays research papers]

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A Young American's Discovery of the Silent Majority

- A Young American's Discovery of the Silent Majority History panders to the glorious and dramatic while often there is a story untold. Perhaps it is less exciting, but no less crucial in understanding history as a whole. Thus is the story of the “silent majority.” On November 3rd 1969, one year after his victory in the United States Presidential race, President Nixon issued an address to the American public in which he coined the term “silent majority.” President Nixon’s address began by describing the situation he inherited when taking office....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Individual Freedom vs. Majority Rule

- Individual Freedom vs. Majority Rule Freedom is one of the most central and certainly most emotive issues in political philosophy. It has been discussed since the times of ancient Greece, and is still as controversial and divisive a topic as ever. This question deals with two separate questions concerning freedom: Firstly, why we consider freedom necessary, and secondly, what exactly is meant by freedom. Clearly, the answer to the second part will greatly affect the answer to the first, but it shall be seen that it is a very challenging task to arrive at a definition of freedom....   [tags: Politics Political Science]

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Shareholder Agreements Mitigate the Majority vs Minority of Agency Problems

- Shareholder’s agreements are contractual documents that work as a complement to the constituent documents and that are usually kept secret. They include clauses which intend to level the rights between majority and minority shareholders, so that no single block (majority shareholders) can adopt decisions that would bind or undermine the other block (minority shareholders). These clauses are the rearrangement of voting rights, appointment rights or exit rights, for example. Shareholder agreements allow for the rearranging of voting rights so that in the case of a corporate decision to make fundamental changes such as in the structure, the bylaws or to merge the company, the power is fairly di...   [tags: clauses, incentive, representation]

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The Anti Federalists And Federalists Fear Of The Majority Of A New Form Of Government

- ... Hence, to minimize the effects of factions, Madison suggests that a republic “promises the cure for which we are seeking” (76). The Anti-federalists envisioned a democracy as the quintessential form of government for their nation; however, Madison is quick to defend the republican system as an alternative. He states that democracies are subject to mob rule and are “spectacles of turbulence and contention.” With a representative government, the majority opinions would be filtered through the elected representatives of the people, who, in theory, are the wisest and most morally adept citizens, and those representatives would create legislation with the benefit of the United States as a wh...   [tags: United States Constitution, Democracy]

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The Silent Majority Brought Up By Martin Luther King Jr.

- This paper will explore the topic of the silent majority brought up by Martin Luther King Jr. in his Letter from Birmingham Jail in order to explore the similarity in todays Black Lives Matter movement. This paper will address three main topics, white moderates, misconception of time, and nonviolence protest. The objective is to relate the civil rights movement and black lives matter movement to see differences and similarities faced by both movements. Half way through Martin Luther King Jrs. letter he address the white moderates who agreed with the what the civil rights movement was founded upon yet did nothing to fight the injustice opposed upon Negros....   [tags: African American, White people, Black people]

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Discrimination Committed by Majority Group to Minority Group in the Afghan society

- In the society of Afghanistan, the majority groups committed discriminations to the minority groups for various reasons, which was one significant theme that both novels shared in common for the reason that it played significant roles in both The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Khaled Hosseini, the author of both novels, highlighted mainly on ethnic, sexual, and social discriminations that the majority groups committed to the minority groups while blending them into the similarities of these two characters: Hassan from The Kite Runner and Mariam from A Thousand Splendid Suns in terms of births, sexualities, and educations....   [tags: Khaled Hosseini novels, story analysis]

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Our Multi-Party System in the United States Shows the Majority Rules

- Does the phrase Majority Rules sound familiar. You probably recall using it as a child to decide what game you and your friends would play at recess. Typically someone would propose two options, and each person would raise their hand to signify the game they were more in favor of, and which ever game had the most hands raised would be the game played. Complementary to this The United States of America functions on a parallel system known as winner takes all, or the Plurality election, where there is a Two – Party system implemented....   [tags: political, votes, democracy]

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The Economic Achievement Has Not Yet Transformed The Lives Of Majority Citizens

- In the contrary, the economic achievement has not yet transformed the lives of majority citizen or reduced poverty (Baker, et al., 2014, Bandara, Dehejia, & Lavie-Rouse, 2015). In the past the government concerned more about the “well-being” of Tanzanians than looking at GDP growth as the measure for economic development. The GDP dimension according to Hope (2007) gives no consistent portrait of the wellbeing of people. It is almost more than forty years since Nyerere made his speech in Khartoum in 1973 saying, the GDP measures things and not human gratification (Nyerere, 1973)....   [tags: Sociology, Poverty, United Nations, UNESCO]

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The Law Enforcement Is A Unique Opportunity That Has Intrigued Me For The Majority Of A Municipal Agency

- A career in law enforcement is a unique opportunity that has intrigued me for the majority of my life. My curiosity likely stems from multiple family members of mine, who either have a career in law enforcement or had one previously. With my family history and my interest in law enforcement, it would appear that selecting an occupation in law enforcement would be a simple task. Yet, I often ponder whether I would prefer to work for a municipal agency such as the San Francisco Police Department, or a federal agency, namely the FBI....   [tags: Police, Law enforcement agency]

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How Bullying Is Becoming A Greater Problem For A Majority Of People And Institutions

- ... Also, the Pacer 's National Bullying Prevention Center mentions “90% of teens who report being cyberbullied have also been bullied offline”. The number of bullied students on school grounds ranges from 22% (Pacer 's National Bullying Prevention Center) to 37% (No Bullying - Bullying & Cyberbullying Resources) in 2012 for kids in kindergarten to high school the numbers decrease to 19.6% (Pacer 's National Bullying Prevention Center) to 30% (Gundersen Health System) for cyberbullying. Nobullying.com reports bullying was reduced 50% by school who incorporate anti bullying programs....   [tags: Bullying, High school, Education]

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Ireland, Unlike the Majority of Countries Affected by the Euro Zone Crisis

- ... Similar to our housing crisis of the mid-2000’s, Ireland’s banks had to pick up the slack in the loans. This is where the government comes into play; the Irish government had previously guaranteed the six main Irish banks meaning the banks losses were the government’s losses. The banks lost 100 billion following the collapse, unemployment rates rose from 4% to 14% and because the government guaranteed the banks, Ireland went from having a surplus to a 32% GDP deficit. While bank losses continued to rise and credit ratings continued to fall, the Irish government had to seek assistance from the EU and IMF resulting in a 67.5 billion (Euro) “bailout” agreement....   [tags: Celtic tiger, bank bailout]

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Comparing The Ideas And Philosophies Of The Great Political Thinkers Of All Time

- Introduction Throughout this paper I plan to compare and contrast the ideas and philosophies of two of the greatest political thinkers of all time. Thucydides and Aristotle have separate opinions of the idea of democracy, originally created by Plato. However, these two have a positive assessment of this idea of majority rule of the people. My paper will provide each of their points of view. At the end I will determine, in my opinion, which of these two philosophers give a better case in favor of a democratic form of government, and give the reasons as to how I came to that conclusion....   [tags: Government, Democracy, Tyranny of the majority]

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Race and the Census: Effect on the Social Context of Cultural and Social Identity

- The focus of this research study is to explore the construct of race in the census survey and the effect that it has on the social context of both cultural and social identity. These changes are based on the evolving landscape of the population as it pertains to the characteristics of its people. The Census was first administered in the 1790 and would take place every ten years . Its main purpose was to better respond to the needs of its citizens and how the government would represent the growing population....   [tags: White Majority, American Public]

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The Importance of Constitution to Our Democracy

- ... On the opposite side, others insists that the constitution is absolutely useless since it is widely adopted in the numerous autocratic states, and used to retain the power and authority in hands of current government. Basically, those debates reflects the controversial nature of statecraft. My paperwork is intended to consider the role of the constitution and constitutional court in democratic society. As R. Dahrendolf mentioned, constitutional democracy can be achieved in three stages: 1. The drafting and implementation of a new constitution that sets up the core values of statehood, fundamental rights, the main models of the rule of law, independent and unbiased carrying out of justic...   [tags: majority, power, economy]

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Palgo Holdings v Gowans: Security

- INTRODUCTION In Palgo Holdings v Gowans , the High Court considered the distinction between a security in the form of a pawn or pledge and a security in the form of a chattel mortgage. The question was whether section 6 of the Pawnbrokers and Second-hand Dealers Act 1996 (NSW) (‘the 1996 Pawnbrokers Act’) extended to a business that structured its loan agreements as chattel mortgages. In a four to one majority (Kirby J dissenting) the High Court found that chattel mortgages fell outside the ambit of section 6 of the 1996 Pawnbrokers Act....   [tags: legal issue, majority judgment]

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The Existance of Racism

- “A world map of countries whose citizens are affected by Special Registration now overlaps almost exactly with the map of Muslim-majority countries, extending from Algeria to Indonesia” (Engler, Sarkar 97). According to the American Heritage College Dictionary, racism has two meanings. Firstly, racism is, “Discrimination or prejudice based on race.” Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva says, “There is a strong empirical evidence of the persistence of racism in American Society American Society. While Whites are more likely to express support for the idea of racial equality than they were in the 1950′s and 1960′s, support for policies and government programs to actualize and enact racial equality i...   [tags: discrimination, muslim-majority countries]

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Early Christianity in Rome through Opposition of the Majority

- Christianity today, practiced by over 2 billion followers, is undoubtedly the world's largest religion. But of course, it hasn't always been this way. It began in the city of Rome, around the time of the Emperor Claudius who reigned from 41 to 54 CE. It is believed to have originated in the Roman province of Judea . Geography usually plays a big role in determining the success of developing cultures. According to Michael Gough, who wrote The Early Christians, this was the case for Christianity because the "geography [...] determined the direction and rate of spread of the new religion." However, with a good geography comes great diversity as well....   [tags: European History]

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Plato 's Democracy

- Plato uses the ship analogy to demonstrate the paradox of democracy; as more power is distributed to create equality among people, desire for personal gains will lead to the worst of all regimes: tyranny. Plato suggests that regardless of people’s desire for equality and peace as they accept their fundamental functions within a society, democracy can easily turn into a tyranny if the rulers are trusted too much with deciding for large number of people, without any regulations. Plato claims that though democracy is flawed just like the other form of regimes, its transition into tyrannical state where a tyrant rules all without any consent of/for people, allows one to realize the importance of...   [tags: Democracy, Oligarchy, Tyranny of the majority]

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Democracy Is The Jacksonian Dictionary 's Definition Of Democracy

- What is Democracy. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s definition of democracy is “government by the people; especially : rule of the majority; a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through a system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections” Throughout the history of the United States we have had different forms of democracy ranging from groups of small communities to outright organized government. When you think of Democracy what is it you think of....   [tags: Democracy, Human rights, Tyranny of the majority]

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Claims to Kashmir

- Kashmir is the land of awe-inspiring beauty. Through its incredible and breathtaking beauty, it has earned itself the name of the "Switzerland of the East". Beautiful rivers, calm lakes, tremendous gardens, peak meadows are some of the features of the remarkable landscapes of the Kashmir valley. The peaceful rivers, shiny waterfalls, attractive surrounding and the evergreen forests of Kashmir add to its beauty. Kashmir tourism is also famous for the exotic flora and fauna found in the region. Three mountain ranges surround it the Himalayas- Karakoram, Zanaskar and Pir Panjal....   [tags: Pakistan, Islam, Muslim Majority]

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Promoting and Protecting Minority Rights

- The founding fathers of the United States Constitution suspected that through democracy, a government ruled by the majority, the majority could easily become tyrannical in its usage of unrestricted power. That is, in denying or denoting the rights of certain minority groups. These fathers included Thomas Jefferson who stated in his 1801 Inaugural Address for President of the United States, “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” Despite the possibili...   [tags: Democracy, Majority Rule, Minority Rights]

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Sticking to Your Guns or Conforming to Social Pressure in a Study, “A Minority of One Against a Unanimous Majority” by Solomon E. Asch

- ... The control group was instructed to act passively to the critical subject’s responses and not act surprised at whatever choice they made. The entire experiment was conducted at three different colleges and consisted of random samplings of the student population. (Asch) Trials in the experiment consisted of neutral trials, where the majority responded correctly to gain the trust of the critical subject and critical trials, where the majority responded incorrectly. In some of the trials, the majority was instructed to pick lines that were much further away from the actual length of the test line....   [tags: experiment, pressure, responses]

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The Courts Should Not Have the Right to Make Legislation that the Majority of People Do Not Approve Of

- The Courts Should Not Have the Right to Make Legislation that the Majority of People Do Not Approve Of Democracy is defined by Merriam - Webster's dictionary as "government by the people; especially: rule of the majority." America was founded to protect individual's rights and freedoms from being violated by the government. Our Constitution and the Bill of Rights were specifically written to limit the powers of the government. The courts should not have the right to make legislation that the majority of people do not approve of....   [tags: Papers]

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The United States

- Malignancy of the Majority The United States of America is a representative democracy which consists of leaders who are elected by the majority to represent the people’s interest. In contrast, a direct democracy is a type of government in which the majority has superior power, which lacks any legal safeguard for the rights of the individuals and the minority. The Athenian democracy in the 5th century BC is the earliest known direct democracy in western civilization. Citizens voted directly on laws, legislation, and punishment....   [tags: United States, Democracy, Tyranny of the majority]

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Sri Lanka

- Obtaining true Independence for Sri Lanka as a nation from the British was a long struggle which began in 1915 due to a rivalry between the Sri Lankan Muslims and the Sinhalese Majority over commercial interests which led to a riot in Colombo, the administrative capital of what is then known to the world as Ceylon (Corporation, 2008). The British, in response to the riots among the Ceylonese and the Muslims, placed the sole blame of these riots on the Sinhalese and implemented strict punishments on the Sinhalese showing (Irāman̲ātan̲, 1916)....   [tags: Politics, Sinhalese Majority ]

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“One Man of Courage Makes a Majority”

- What is courage. Is it the ability to confront fear, pain, and uncertainty (Merriam Webster Dictionary). Is it bravery in the face of Death and physical pain, or is it the will to take a stand against popular opposition for what is right. Courage could be said to be embodied by all of these, but is courage, at its very base, something more. Is courage the determination to act rightly, to preserve one’s virtue, whether or not you consciously decide so or not. Is courage not found in the very heart and soul of an individual, rather than a calculated and deliberate decision to act so....   [tags: harry potter]

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Ethical Quandaries

- During the process of planning for catastrophic events there are many ethical quandaries that must be addressed by the planners but the common denominator in most of them is how to be fair and respectful to all while also providing the best protection for the most people. And just what exactly is fair and what about the situations that present conflicts between fair and safe. There are several different typologies concerning how to be fair, respectful, and provide the best for the most. During the planning stage of preparing for response to a catastrophic event they may all come into play....   [tags: Majority, Typographies, Catastrophes]

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Freedom in ivil Disobedience and Economy by Henry David Thoreau

- When it comes to the topic of how Henry David Thoreau chooses the audience for his texts, many agree that the reasoning involved the writer’s longing for achieving results rather than convincing an audience. When this agreement usually ends, however, is the question of why Thoreau ignores people who support the Mexican American War and slavery and instead focuses on those who protest against those issues. His writing philosophy in the essays “Civil Disobedience” and “Economy” shows his favouritism towards the idea that individuals need freedom of exercising their conscience and that this leads to success....   [tags: minority, mayority, political system]

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Minorities to Majorities by 2050

- America is the home to extensive variety of people, racially and ethnically. There are six transcendent races in the USA: American Indian and Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, Asian, Black or African American, White, and individuals of two or more races. The race characterized as "Some other race" is likewise utilized within the enumeration and different overviews, yet is not official. The United States Census Bureau groups Americans as "Hispanic or Latino" and "Not Hispanic or Latino", "which distinguishes Hispanic and Latino Americans as a racially different ethnicity that creates the biggest minority aggregate in the nation (Edmonston and Passel, 1994)....   [tags: demographis, races, ethnicity, immigration, US]

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The Differences Between Democracy And Republic

- As of my understanding, democracy means a government governed by the population. In other words.. "majority rules". A republic is similar, except this makes sure that the minority are included, nobody is left behind. - Tami Jew. My understanding of the definition of a Democracy is that it is a form of government that gives power to the people. The difference between democracy and republic is for Democracy is its ownership is held by the population as a group. As for a Republic, the ownership is held by people as individuals....   [tags: Democracy, Representative democracy, Human rights]

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The Debate Over God in the Pledge of Allegiance

- "I pledge allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands, one nation, under Congress, the Supreme Court, the Declaration of Independence, our founding fathers, and the President, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." Francis Bellamy wrote the Pledge of Allegiance in 1892 (Baer). He did this in the memory of the 400th anniversary of Columbus discovering America ("The Pledge"). In 1954, Congress added the words, under God to the pledge; this was done for the differentiation of the United States from the Soviet Union during the Cold War....   [tags: Pledge of Allegiance Essays]

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The Federal Protectionism of Minority Rights in the United States

- Thomas Jefferson, in his 1801 First Inaugural Address for President of the United States of America, stated, “All . . . will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect and to violate would be oppression (Inaugural Addresses, 1989).” Jefferson was not alone in this thinking. James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and others understood that the unbridled power of the majority, which is the life-blood of a democracy, could be easily used to ignore or degrade the rights of a minority group....   [tags: Civil Rights]

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A Leadership Position Within The Congress

- The Question for this paper is whether I would want to serve in a leadership position within the Congress. Although the two chambers are called Congress, they act in extremely different ways, especially when it comes to leadership roles. Before I can express whether I would want to be in a leadership role, first, I need to break down each chambers leadership roles separately. Once I have accomplished this, only then will I be able to give a definite answer to the question posed. First, we will look at the “lower chamber” or the House of Representatives....   [tags: United States House of Representatives]

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The Chemical Weapons Implementation Act

- Title In 1997, the United States ratified the Chemical Weapons Act and in 1998, Congress gave the act domestic effect by passing the Chemical Weapons Implementation Act. Nine years later petitioner Carole Anne Bond discovered that her closest friend, Myrlinda Haynes, was pregnant with the child of Bond’s husband. Bond decided to get revenge on Haynes. Bond stole some chemicals from her employer, ordered some chemicals online, and mixed them together to create a compound she hoped would give Haynes an uncomfortable rash....   [tags: Supreme Court of the United States, United States]

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Bilingual Education System in Singapore

- ... In addition, this policy gives teachers and educational leaders the ability and access to learn from other educational systems. All students are required to learn 2 of the official languages English and Chinese (mandarin accent). English was not a native language for none of Singapore population in 1965. However, then English started to become a native language in 1996 there were registered 36% of English native speakers. All students who have the opportunity to get bilingual education can study or work abroad much easier and it opens a new set of opportunities....   [tags: students, policy, beneficial, study, literature]

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CILOP: Clustering Based Method for Class Imbalance Learning Using Optics

- CHAPTER 3 CILOP: CLUSTERING BASED METHOD FOR CLASS IMBALANCE LEARNING USING OPTICS The present chapter proposes a novel approach that is Clustering based Class Imbalance Learning using OPTICS [49] method for improvement of class imbalance learning. The content of this chapter is published in “International Journal of Computer Applications”, Page No: 33-42, Volume 51-No 16, August 2012, K.Nageswara Rao , T.Venkateawara Rao and D.Rajya Lakshmi, “A Novel Class Imbalance Learning using Ordering Points Clustering”....   [tags: database, framework, algorithm, subset]

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President Obama Should Replace The Supreme Court

- ... This persuasion in public opinion is not due to a physical allegiance to a party, but rather a psychological screen that causes people of a particular party to view things as good or bad depending on their allegiance. This theory is referenced from the book stating that… Republicans verse Democrats can be broken into multiple situations. One situation would be the importance of the issue to the two major political parties. The polls state that around two-thirds of the Republican party view the choice of a new justice on the Supreme court is a very important issue, while the majority of Democrats also agree, but at around three-fifths of the party (Majority of Public)....   [tags: Democratic Party, President of the United States]

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A Comparison Of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, And Marx 's Views On Minority Rights

- ... For him, the ideal is that a man, or an “assembly of men”, rules as the sovereign (Hobbes, 227). In this sense, the will of the minority is not necessarily overwritten by that of the majority, because the ruler may happen to be a member of a fixed group of minority, such as the case in Rwanda . However, Hobbes also believes that the sovereign has the incentive to rule for the benefit of his citizens , and he himself is selected by the majority (Hobbes, 227). Admittedly, we should not ignore arguments in their theories that concern the minority rights....   [tags: Political philosophy, Jean-Jacques Rousseau]

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The Between Public Opinion And Supreme Court Decisions

- ... The foundation of this law is, “…many States have criminalized sodomy and still do, to claim that a right to engage in such conduct is ‘deeply rooted in this Nation 's history and tradition’ or ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty’ is, at best, facetious” (478 U.S. 186, at 191-194). The public mood in the 1980s aligns with the history surrounding this issue and at the time saw consenting adults participating in sodomy as something so obscene it should not be legal. As seen in figure 1 in 1986 the majority is clearly illustrated, a private act between gay couples should not only be not allowed and but be considered a criminal act....   [tags: Homosexuality, Same-sex marriage]

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Teaching Racial Identity in Public Schools

- Racial identity is a topic that many of us try to avoid. When brought up in discussion, we tend to brush it off, ignore it, or deny it. This issue has been a problem that the United States academic system has been facing since the development of this country. The more we dismiss this as a problem, the more it will have an effect on us. In the educational system, the government does what it can to provide a safe, comfortable environment for us as students to learn in. In order for it to be fully comfortable and to have the ideal learning space, the issue of racial identity must be addressed....   [tags: Racial Identity Essays]

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Changing the Electoral System in Canada

- ... First, in the past few years, most notably the Harper government, candidates actually have not received a majority vote. Yet, a minority group can actually have majority of the seats in Parliament, despite not being the majority. Therefore, MPs become elected despite the citizens voting for other candidates that lose by a small percentage. Also, smaller parties like the Green Party have difficulty having MPs at the House of Commons. Finally, FPTP often means that the party that receives the most votes can often have fewer seats than its opposition....   [tags: House of Commons]

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The Electoral System Of Canada

- The most significant part of a country is the government which leads it. A good government can lead to a prosperous nation which is thriving in all categories. On the other hand, a poor government can drive a nation into the ground. Therefore, the electoral system used to elect the government should be perfect without the slightest resemblance of a flaw. However, this logic does not apply to Canada and other nations who have implemented the first past the post electoral system. The FPTP system has been used in a vast majority of Canadian elections....   [tags: Plurality voting system, Voting system, Elections]

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Bartleby 's View On Revolution

- *Bartleby’s perspective is different from the Lawyer’s perspective of a government based on the ideas of Henry David Thoreau. Bartleby based on Thoreau decided to resist the existing law/ government that the Lawyer represents. The inactivity of Bartley makes it a “passive resistance” towards the standard status quo of the Lawyer’s environment (17). In fact, Henry David Thoreau states that, “All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable” (Thoreau)....   [tags: Henry David Thoreau, Civil disobedience]

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Electoral System Analysis

- In today’s world, there are three main forms of electoral systems. These main systems are the single-member plurality, proportional representation, and majority with run-offs. In a single-member plurality, the person in an election who receives the most votes wins the position. This type of election is used in elections in the United Kingdom, some elections in the United States, as well as in Canada. One of the advantages of the single-member plurality is that it encourages a smaller party system....   [tags: Politics / Election Procedures]

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Canadian Democracy: A Lack of Transparency and Accountability in Canadian Politics

- Introduction A democratic government has long been favoured as the most fair and representative government for a country to have. This essay will explore the advantages and disadvantages of both minority and majority government (for example efficiency, compromise, and power) and argue that in fact neither offers a fair representation of Canadian’s due to lack of both transparency and accountability. Parliamentary Government In Canada there are three branches of government: the executive branch which enforces Canadian laws and carries out government business; the legislative branch which debates and passes laws; and the judicial branch which interprets the laws and dictates how punishment sh...   [tags: Canadian Government ]

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The Court System And The Justice System

- In a governmental context, it can be argued that a court system that does not present a unified position when dealing with legislative and executive branch entities is not, in fact, an equal branch of government. The court system, as a whole, and the Supreme Court itself, in most cases where it is involved, want and need to speak in one voice, with a unified message. This, however, is not always the reality that we see. There are sometimes cases where the justices cannot agree on the outcome. Although the outcome favored by the majority always prevails, the dissenting sometimes choose to voice their disagreement in a public opinion in order to advocate for a different policy they themselves...   [tags: Law, Appeal, Court, Court systems]

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The Founding Fathers Of The United States

- ... He would fall third in line after the vice president and the Speaker of the House. Within the legislative branch, congress, there is always a majority and a minority. The democrats or republicans will either hold the majority, and obviously whoever doesn’t hold the majority will hold the minority. In the two, there is always a leader and that leader carries out specific roles. Examining the roles of the majority leader, you will find that he or she is the primary speaker of the majority party, assists the president and speaker with: developing programs, policy decisions and policy formation, and developing the calendar....   [tags: President of the United States]

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Democracy's numerous pitfalls

- When we first viewed the ancient theorists, both Plato and Aristotle supported a form of aristocracy where the preeminent members of a state would rule. Because they were the most knowledgeable, wise, and virtuous, they would know what is best for a state and its citizens. But human nature has convinced us that without properly limiting its power, a government has the power to rule arbitrarily, succumb to corruption, and introduce great inequalities. Tocqueville, however, argues that the development of equality in the world has fundamentally changed our worries about government and that democracy has become the new standard....   [tags: Political Science]

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Racial Profiling: The Case of Shoshana Hebshi

- First of all let’s just say that what happened to Shoshana Hebshi was extremely wrong. Mrs. Hebshi and the other two men where profiled due to their ethnicity background. It is sad to say but after the travesty of 9/11 racial profiling has occur more than it did in the past. The intent of racial profiling in law enforcement is to protect the wellbeing of our nation. However there are many problems with racial profiling. Even though racial profiling is unconstitutional many different agencies do it....   [tags: muslims, arabian, law enforcement]

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