BP #4- Montgomery building committee set to build neighborhood on believed historic grave sight

With the efforts to expand the community of Montgomery, Alabama; Montgomery County Planning Board is looking to expand in open space available. Major construction plans are set to take place adding a developmental subdivision and a new shopping center in the neighbor hood of Bethsda. These plans have been temporarily paused after a historically African American  church came forward with the claim that the land that was set to become a shopping center would be built upon a historical african american grave sight. The church confronted the planning board and received 130 signatures from the community protesting the construction on this sight. The church social justice chair Marsha Coleman explained their protesting for the protection of the sight,”should be isolated and protected as a sacred place.” Others on the board state that this is a necessary expansion of Montgomery and would be very beneficial to the community. This construction project has been paused until after a official investigation is done on the sight to determine whether there are remains here or not. In this case, if remains are found, the Montgomery County Planning Board must decide the best course of action. Building a large shopping center and living development would be very beneficial to the community but as the church explains, this is unsettling to the dead that remains are here and ruins a historical sight. Some may think that considering consequentialism when solving this dilemma. Consequentialism defines a morally right act as something that produces a good outcome. In both case there would be a good outcome; if the grave yard was not build on the bodies would remain undisturbed and if the city decided to go through with the building without spending the money to dig up the grounds to check for bodies they would be building much needed housing for the community. All though this is a interesting point and something to consider the board may have to look into both consequentialism and Utilitarianism.  If John Mills was on the Montgomery Planning board he would apply consequentialism and utilitarianism together in a dilemma like this. Utilitarianism when applied to a consequential situation means that the act that is just is the act that produces the most amount of net happiness and the least amount of pain. Although the ground being built on may disturb a few dead bodies building a housing and shopping area would cause the most amount of happiness for the most amount of people and minimum pain would be caused because the only people effected would be the small group protesting the build. Therefore the consequent of moving forward with the build because the outcome or the consequent of the build would cause the most amount of happiness and the least amount of pain.



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