For this Ethics Case Study essay, please consider the ethical dilemmas surroundi

For this Ethics Case Study essay, please consider the ethical dilemmas surrounding the 1991 Congressional public confirmation hearings of then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and the testimony presented by Anita Hill regarding his character for the position after sexual harassment allegations against Thomas came to light.
As part of your analysis, apply the ethical frameworks from the last module and what you have been taught in this class about racism, sexism, economic inequality, and other power differentials–as well as cultural pathology and cultural racism–to evaluate the ethical dilemmas presented in the decisions made by Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas before he became the nominee; then chairman Joseph Biden and the Judiciary Committee at the hearings; the statements made by Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill during the confirmation hearings; and the committee and public’s reactions to the statements. Then, clearly lay out/discuss your own ethical framework(s) and how they may differ from those you laid out for Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, the committee chaired by Joseph Biden, and the public.
When laying out your arguments, you may want to consider such factors as: race, gender, and class privilege, gender roles, stereotypes, intersectionality, consent, etc. You might also want to consider similar cases as a way of determining the role of race, class, and gender in the ruling. Be sure to name the ethical frameworks employed; a glossary is found here: (Links to an external site.)
Please use the internet to access information and perspectives on this case, starting with but not limited to: (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.) (Links to an external site.)
Watch The Most Outrageous Questions Senators Asked Anita Hill In 1991 (Links to an external site.)
Flashback: Clarence Thomas responds to Anita Hill (Links to an external site.)
Flashback: Anita Hill’s explosive opening statement (Links to an external site.)
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As you prepare to write, please note some formal aspects that should be present in your essay: 1) title your paper with a short sentence that frame the reader’s attention to the main topic of your essay; 2) in the introduction, you should BRIEFLY state the nature of the ethical problem presented and how you are going to approach the case; 3) in the body of the essay, please provide brief description, critical analysis, and discussion, which are the most important aspects of this assignment; and 4) in the conclusion, please wrap up your analysis and the insights you provided in your essay.
A complete essay will:
Consider the ethical dilemmas confronting Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, the Judiciary Committee, Joe Biden and any other stakeholders you see fit to name.
Clearly lay out values that you believe should govern an ethical society.
Clearly lay out and prioritize your own ethical values and the categories or kinds of ethics these represent with relation to the societal ethical values you have laid out.
Apply your ethical values and what you have been taught in this class about racism, sexism, economic inequality and other power differentials as well as cultural pathology and cultural racism to an evaluation of the decisions made by Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas, and the Judiciary Committee considering the ethical dilemmas each was presented with.
When laying out your argument, you may want to consider such factors as class disparities, race, income, gender roles, stereotypes, sentencing, elitism, etc.
Conclude by stating and justifying your own ethical conclusions about the case and the kinds of ethics you utilized to arrive at those conclusions.
Be sure to use and properly cite materials from the class lectures, class discussion, and readings in formulating your answers. In addition to the course lectures and readings, please cite and reference all other information that you use to help construct your essay such as articles from major newspapers, demographics, scholarly articles or texts.
Your essay should be 4 double-spaced typewritten pages (12 font, standard margins). Your responses should be uploaded as a PDF or Word document.
Essays must be submitted via Canvas no later than 11:59 PM on the due date.
Note: Since January 1, 2020, Texas Senate Bill 212 (Links to an external site.) requires all employees of Texas universities, including faculty, report any information to the Title IX Office (Links to an external site.) regarding sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking that is disclosed to them. Texas law requires that all employees who witness or receive any information of this type (including, but not limited to, writing assignments, class discussions, or one-on-one conversations) must be reported. If you would like to speak with someone who can provide support or remedies without making an official report to the university, please email For more information about reporting options and resources, visit (Links to an external site.), contact the Title IX Office via email at, or call 512-471-0419.

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