Paper 5

Everyone without exception believes his own native customs, and the religion he was brought up in, to be the best.
– Herodotus


Cultural Relativism: The Right to an All–White Community

The Plot

A small group of people within a racially diverse country seeks to create an all white community. Read the following link to learn more.

“Tiny North Dakota Town Braces Against Neo-Nazi Plans for All-White Community.” The Guardian. 21 September 2013.

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“All White Town Fights to Preserve Segregation in Mandela’s ‘Rainbow Nation.’” NBCNEWS.com. 20 June 2013.


Outside of a Housing Project in Detroit
February 1942

The Question

Using what you know about cultural relativism, defend or criticize their decision. Be sure to illustrate a thorough knowledge of cultural relativism in your essay, as that will be a significant part of your grade.


Cultural Relativism: The Right to Religious Laws

The Plot

In Saudi Arabia, women wear a certain style of dress around male non-family members for religious reasons. Advocates say they are a symbol of modesty and privacy. Because of this policy, police stopped fire fighters from entering a building where female students were not dressed appropriately, resulting in the deaths of 15 students. Read the following link to learn more.

“Saudi Police ‘Stopped’ Fire Rescue.” BBC News. 15 March 2002.


The Question

Using what you know about cultural relativism, defend or criticize their decision. Be sure to illustrate a thorough knowledge of cultural relativism in your essay, as that will be a significant part of your grade.


Cultural Relativism: The Right to Deny Service

The Plot

Private business owners argue that they have the right to deny services to people to whom they object based on religious beliefs. Read the following link to learn more.

“Freedom or Oppression? That’s the Question for Arizona’s SB1062.” CNN.com. 26 February 2014.


The Question

Using what you know about cultural relativism, defend or criticize their position. Be sure to illustrate a thorough knowledge of cultural relativism in your essay, as that will be a significant part of your grade.