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Prejudice and Your Child, by Kenneth B. Clark

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Because Kenneth B. Clark’s Prejudice and Your Child is written out of the most laudable intentions, it raises again the very serious question of how far a good cause can be served by unsubstantial or even specious arguments made in its favor. And because it is a book which removes a problem of social justice from the realm of ethics to that of the social sciences, it raises equally serious questions about the ground of moral decisions.

Everyone, of course, agrees theoretically that ends do not justify means, but most of us have a way of forgetting this when the goal is very deeply cherished. Then nearly any false reasoning on the part of a friend who shares one’s over-all view seems permissible; there is a temptation to shrug and overlook errors in regard to details lest the enemy be provided with ammunition.

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