Equality: Equal Treatment Or Equal Opportunity?

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Is it fair or just to create equality by allowing special rights or accommodations to certain groups or individuals? I think it is. The foundation for my position is simple: How can we have the same rights for everyone, when no one is the same?
This past November, I watched a video in Social Studies class. The video was about equal rights, and focused on several situations where rules could be challenged, and how the people got their way.
One example was about a man in a wheelchair who wanted to go watch a movie at a local movie theatre. However, when he went to choose a seat, he quickly realized that he had no choice about where he could view the film. He was stuck with watching from in front of the first row, which is usually not ...view middle of the document...

No one was being treated more superior than another, no one was denied the opportunity to watch the movie, but when it came to choice of seating, there was an inequality. Now, thanks to this man, that’s all changed.
The case was much the same in an example of two female high school students that wanted to go for a lead part in the school production, but couldn’t because all the lead parts were for males. The two girls were given the equal right to participate in the production, but they were not given an equal opportunity to the part that they wanted. As a result, the rules were changed. The school’s first play featured males in the lead parts, and the second featured females.
We watched a third example, this time about a young, female hockey player, who, again, had to be given special rights to achieve equality. In this case, all youngsters were given the equal right to play ice hockey. Males played in a males league, females played in a females league. However, since female hockey is played at a lower level than male hockey, the opportunity that males received in being able to play at a higher level was being denied to women. In the example, a young woman that played hockey in Ontario had to fight hard with the courts and Ontario hockey to achieve equal oppor-tunity. For this young and courageous girl, hockey has become more fun, and more challenging since she can now compete with males, and at a higher level.
The point I’m trying to make is simple. No one is the same; therefore quite often no one is equal either. Therefore I think it is fair to allow special rights (or accommoda-tions) to people who require them, and thus become closer to achieving equality amongst everyone.

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