Equality applies to all people of all races, religions, nationalities, genders and sexual orientations. It is not solely an issue for the black race as Black Lives Matter (BLM) contends. Real equality demands that All Lives Matter (ALM).
Let’s start at America’s true beginning. Our great country was founded with the fundamental principles of equality for all citizens, individual freedoms, impartial law & order and democratically elected government. These principles are embodied in our Declaration of Independence in 1776, The Constitution in 1789, The Bill of Rights in 1791 and subsequent Amendments. America was NOT created in 1619 as Black Lives Matter and the New York Times 1619 Project would like you to believe.
The second paragraph in our Declaration of Independence begins with this statement, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. The opening sentence in our Constitution is, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” Since its founding over 200 years ago, America has been moving forward to accomplish these essential principles.
America is not yet “a perfect union” but we have been steadily improving. America currently has more equality, freedoms, opportunities, and rule of law than most other countries and a democratically elected government. With the Civil War, in which approximately 600,000 predominantly white American men died, and the 13th Amendment to The Constitution, we abolished slavery throughout American and kept our country united. Following the Civil War, in the last 150+ years, major progress in cultural and more specific legal equality for all Americans has been achieved.
In my lifetime, I have personally observed substantial improvements in equality, especially in the workplace, government, entertainment, education and athletics. After World War II cultural and local legal biases against blacks in America still existed, particularly in some Southern States. In the 1950s and 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement culminated with the Civil Rights Act (CRA) of 1964, which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, and subsequently sexual orientation in America. The CRA of 1964 established legal equality for virtually all citizens of the United States.
Since the CRA of 1964, significant cultural progress in America has been made & is continuing to improve. Women, blacks and other ethnicities and beliefs have achieved major successes in virtually all aspects in American society. In politics, many women, blacks and other ethnicities and beliefs have been elected to Local, State and National positions including Mayors, Representatives, Senators & Governors. We elected a black President twice in this century and currently have a black woman as the Democrat’s candidate for Vice President. This is clearly major progress in equality and should be recognized and applauded, not condemned.
The claim of “racial injustice” and “Black Lives Matter” is itself racially biased against all nonblack Americans and is a politically motivated false narrative. The black communities are not currently victims of systemic racism and the vast majority of nonblack Americans are not perpetrators of systemic racism. The black communities, in general, have not pursued the significant progress and opportunities that our great country has provided for them. The current issues in the black communities are the result of their culture of victimization and dependency on government, especially as it relates to family values, education, work ethic, and law & order. America provides every opportunity for them to accomplish their goals. It is up to the black leaders of the black communities to achieve this.
The BLM riots, anarchy, property destruction, and general attacks on the public and police are not acceptable in a civil society and do not contribute to equality for any Americans. However, they do destroy jobs, lives, local economies and further divide us. If not stopped, these acts of anarchy could destroy our great country. Unfortunately, the Democrats, leftwing media and several major corporations are either ignoring or actively supporting these deplorable activities. These unlawful acts of violence must cease and law & order in our great country restored.
America “owes” us nothing but offers everything for those willing to work for it. It is the blacks’ culture that needs alteration, not our country.
The Old Guy PhD