Saturday, April 5, 2014

E is for Equality

This student is a senior at Cedar Ridge Academy Private International Therapeutic Boarding School. He is currently in the government class. Often in this class, we discuss and debate the issues of the day.  I encourage the students to think for themselves, express their opinions, and respect each other's opinions.  This post seems to be a good reflection of that idea.

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E is for Equality
E is for Equality. Equality means being capable of meeting a task or situation. I feel if people want to be equal it means that everyone gets what they need not what they want. Some don’t understand that not everything is a need; most things are wants. If you think you need a million dollars, you would be wrong and there is no racism or in equality in that, because it is a want not a need.

The Equal rights amendment states that equality of rights shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of sex. I believe that everyone is born equal, but what is equal has been skewed.

Is it unfair that things are unequal? Not everyone gets the same chance at everything. Some people are born with a gold spoon in their mouth and some have to fight to survive. Is it equal that some worry about being able to eat tonight while other worry about pimples or a prom date? Although so many people want equality they want equality on their level. They don’t want to give up the luxuries they have so people can have what they need to survive. In order for actual equality to exist blood would be split and the bonds of man would be put to extremes and governments would topple and crumble over the weight of the needs of others.

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The signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited discrimination of race, color, sex, religion and national origin. It ended segregation in stores, restaurant, theaters and hotel. That was true equality, being able to get the same job, pay, and education. The Civil Rights Act was supported by Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. The 5 titles were the main parts of the Act.   The Civil Rights Act fought for everyone’s rights. It was a great act for all of mankind

Source: Appleby, Joyce, et al. The American Vision. New York: Glencoe, 2008

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