“Antiracism” vs. Moral Realism

Americans generally denounce the institutionalized racial discrimination of American history. Yet many of these same Americans also argue that racial discrimination should be re-institutionalized against the racial group of the past discriminators. This argument denies the objective character of moral truth, either by simultaneously denouncing and defending institutionalized racial discrimination, or by holding that an immoral action may be morally justified if it suits a futuristic moral idea. To remain self-consistent, a moral theory that criticizes the institutionalized racial discrimination of American history must also oppose the re-institutionalization of racial discrimination in modern America. If moral truths are indeed objective, then an evil action committed in the past remains evil if committed today, and similarly an evil action remains evil if he who commits it intends, albeit under the influence of a false moral theory, to create a better society. If, however, moral truths are not objective, then in what sense are Americans right to denounce the institutionalized racial discrimination of American history?

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