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RAW #6

RAW #6 Whenever people think about the history of South Africa, they always refer to apartheid as the most disgraceful event that happened on this land. Moreover, it is considered to be a sign of a developed person to condemn this phenomenon. However, I do not think that it was as bad as people try to describe it.
First of all, take a look at the main opponent of it – the Western countries. According to Cultural Relativism a moral code that is promoted in a particular “society has no special status. it is merely one among many”. therefore, why moral code of South Africa should suddenly be worse than everyone else’s? (Rachels 3).
Another way to justify apartheid is spelled out in the following rule: “[to check if something is moral] all one need do is ask whether the action is in accordance with the code of ones society” (Rachels 6). I can hardly doubt that the white part of the population should not want to get rid of apartheid.
Finally, the Western countries tried to put it to an end and start a new chapter in the social life of South Africa, “but by what standard do we judge the new ways as better?” (Rachels 6). Indeed, there might have been problems, but they should not be seen as an indication that the old ways did not work.
Having examined all the argument, one is able to come to the conclusion that apartheid can be easily justified by cultural relativism as it supports the foundations of it and might be used as a foundation of one’s opinion and behavior.

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