African American Economic Recovery Think Tank Forum

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African American Economic Recovery Think Tank Forum

Money is no good unless it contributes something to the community, unless it builds a bridge to a better life. Any man can make money, but it takes a special kind of man to use it responsibly."

Equality of outcome
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Equality of outcome or equality of condition is a form of social justice rhetoric which seeks to reduce or eliminate incidental inequalities in material condition between individuals or households in a society. This usually means equalizing income and/or total wealth to a certain degree by, for example, granting a greater amount of income and/or total wealth to poorer individuals or households at the expense of relatively wealthy individuals or households.

Equality of outcome can be distinguished from equal opportunity. Outcomes can usually be measured with a great degree of precision, opportunities cannot. That is why many proponents of equal opportunity use measures of equality of outcome to judge success. To the extent that incidental inequalities can be passed from one generation to another through substantial gifts and wealth inheritance, some claim that equality of opportunity for children cannot be achieved without greater equality of outcome for parents. Moreover, access and opportunity to various social institutions is partially dependent on equality of outcome. Proponents argue that rigging equality of outcome can be a force preventing co-optation of non-economic institutions important to social control and policy formation, such as the legal system, media or the electoral process, by individuals and coalitions of wealthy people.

A progressive taxation system is likely to increase equality of outcome, and so is a welfare state . These, however, reduce social inequality but fail to eliminate it entirely. A total elimination of social inequality is the goal of most forms of socialism. Communism is described as a state characterized by equality of outcome, while socialism is based upon equality of opportunity.

Greater equality of outcome is likely to reduce relative poverty, purportedly leading to a more cohesive society. However, if taken to an extreme it may lead to greater absolute poverty if it negatively affects a country's GDP by damaging workers' sense of work ethic by destroying incentives to work harder. Critics of equality of outcome believe that it is more important to raise the standard of living of the poorest in absolute terms. Some critics additionally disagree with the concept of equality of outcome on philosophical grounds .

A related argument is often encountered in education and more specifically in the debates on the grammar school in the United Kingdom and in the debates on gifted education in various countries. According to that argument, people by nature have differing levels of ability and initiative which lead some to achieve better outcomes than others. Therefore, it is considered impossible to ensure equality of outcome without imposing inequality of opportunity.

John Rawls, in his A Theory of Justice (1971), developed a "second principle of justice" that economic and social inequalities can only be justified if they benefit the most disadvantaged members of society. Furthermore, Rawls claims that all economically and socially privileged positions must be open to all people equally. Rawls argues that the inequality between a doctor's salary and a grocery clerk's is only acceptable if this is the only way to encourage the training of sufficient numbers of doctors, preventing an unacceptable decline in the availability of medical care (which would therefore disadvantage everyone).



African American Wealth Building Initiative Program

Humanitarian equality, ubuntu spirit, proactive healthcare prevention, a productive education and wealth is not a gift. Equality in America for African Americans is self-made and maintain by empathy for family and communities, singleness of purpose (education, healthcare and prosperity) and a voting blocks. We as African Americans collectively working together for a common goal to achieve equality, prosperity and political power in America and the world by controlling wealth, decreasing materialistic consumption, strategic long term planning, and stability in marriage.

Equality of opportunity. This is seen as "giving each person the right to develop to his or her potential". It is a process or procedural value with the general sense of fair treatment by the rules and, as Mark Rushefsky elaborates, "as long as no one is discriminated against, then the outcomes of achievement are of little concern." It is often seen as the "elimination of arbitrary discrimination in the process of selection."


We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobile rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to humanity. --Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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