Democratic Altruism

African-American Studies / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
This paper examines the article entitled “The Significance of Affirmative Action for the Souls of White Folk: Further Implications of a Helping Model” by the authors Anthony R. Prakanis and Marlene E. Turner.

The paper explores the effects of racism on racists, through the analysis of the article “The Significance of Affirmative Action for the Souls of White Folk: Further Implications of a Helping Model,” by the authors Prakanis and Turner. The paper intelligently investigates the psychological concept of “democratic altruism.” It views democratically altruistic individuals have a sense of social responsibility, a sense of emotional empathy, and a sense of being included in their society. The paper layouts out the goals of affirmative action as a fundamental principle of American society in countering the lingering perceptions of racial inferiority in the American mindset.
“In their article entitled “The Significance of Affirmative Action for the Souls of White Folk: Further Implications of a Helping Model,” the authors Anthony R. Prakanis and Marlene E. Turner discuss a psychological concept referred to as “democratic altruism.” The authors examine the effects of racism on racists. They examine how the concept of “democratic altruism” can be healing to both the perpetrators and the victims of racism, and can be healing to society as a whole. They then go on to explain how why Affirmative Action, often looked at as only benefiting minorities, can also be of aid to the whole of society.”


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