"The view of the majority is always right."
Do you agree?
by Nurulhuda Hassan
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Historical perspective leads us to
find an example of where the view
of the majority led to the suffering
of the minority.
The lynching mobs that were dominant in
the early 20th century throughout
southern US states such as Mississippi
shows that although the Whites were the
majority, their views may not always be
right. Many Black people were lynched
and killed just because the Whites were
Why do we need to consider
Ignoring the minority views and opinions
is a sign of disrespect to the minority
In social contexts where there are minorities who have
their own cultural perceptions and thought processes
shaped by culture, we cannot simply deem that the
majority is right.
No, I do not agree.
Logical and legal
This statement has an obvious flaw in its
reasoning. The logical fallacy of the
bandwagon effect is reflected. Therefore,
this claim is a weak and biased one.
Ethical considerations for minority
Considering the view of the majority as the only right one might lead to violation of human
rights. It ignores the plea of the minority viewpoints.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 1,
says that "Everyone is entitled to all the rights
and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without
distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex,
language, religion, political or other opinion, national or
social origin, property, birth or other status."
The greater number: "in the
majority of cases"; "a majority
Morally good, justified, or acceptable.
Consequentialist ethics asserts that what is
ethically right is simply that which secures the
maximum happiness (utility) for the greatest
number of people.