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Is equality feasible and is it worth achieving? Subquestion: By your definitions, is equality synonymous with fairness?

This is an idea I recently fell upon while thinking about colleges and scholarships. I was wondering why I've been told (not actually witnessed) that minorities get a better chance of getting in college for being a minority. This was apparently an attempt to level the playing field and make things for equal for applicants. I realized that in their attempt to equalize the playing field, they made it unfair. What are your thoughts on this situation and any other equality situation? Do you think people should be going for fairness or equality, both, or are they essentially the same thing?

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    May 19 2013: By my definition , equality is not synonymous to fairness.
    In many instances in-equal treatment is fair......say if the goal is to reward performance in-equal treatment to different level of performer is fair.

    Important is in what perspective what one wants to achieve.

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