When someone is in an administrative position to look out for themselves as well as the general public, ethical decision making is essential. Ethical decision making is what forms positive social change. If someone were to make an unethical decision, it could cause an uproar in society of all sorts. It could lead to protest, outrage, violence, and lawsuits. According to the American Society for Public Administration’s code of ethics, the role of a public administrator is to advance the good of the public as a whole, make decision that may seem unpopular, however, they contribute and help society, and serve all person with courtesy, respect, and dedication (American Society for Public Administration, 2013). An example would be the American Civil War and Abraham Lincoln’s fight for civil equality and rights. During the American Civil War, slavery was an issue that was accepted by some and outraged others. The Southern states seceded from the Northern states in protest because the Northern states were trying to outlaw slavery and create civil rights and freedom for African-Americans. The Northern states were in favor of block equality or, the equal rights between groups of people or subclasses (Frederickson, 1990, pg. 230). The Southern states wanted to keep things as they were because the Southern states needed help to pick cotton, which was their major cash crop. Without it, the Southern states would go into economic recession. In 1863, the first form of positive social change occurred in the form the Emancipation Proclamation. The effect of the Emancipation Proclamation was to end slavery and to declare those enslaved to be free. However, war would rage in the fight for equality and civil rights due to the Southern states refusing to accept social change. Eventually, in 1865, the war would end with the surrender of General Lee, a Confederate to General Grant of the Northern states. With the victory of the war, slavery was outlawed and it led to more modern times of equality and positive social change.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (King, 1963.)” I believe this to be true. An example of this would be the situation in Ferguson in 2014. One death sparked nationwide attention and outrage. It caused riots, protests, lawsuits, and heartache. This one piece of social injustice led to the sense of injustice all over the country. It is essential to act ethically in the role of a public administrator because you never know how society will react and feel.
Respond to the bold paragraph ABOVE by using one of the option below… in APA format with At least two reference…..
· Offer and support an opinion from having read your colleagues’ postings about the impact of ethical decision making on positive social change.
· Expand on your colleagues’ postings by explaining how the ethical decisions your colleagues described might have negative impacts in addition to positive impacts.