Thoughts On Civil Rights

Kevin Felts, blogger and political commentatorFor as long as humanity has existed there has been slavery, upper and lower class, kings, peasants, racism and hatred for one class or another. Everywhere humanity goes we spread inequality like a disease.

The Romans denied the Northern tribes equal protection, and it contributed to the downfall of Rome.

Southern slave owners helped tear this nation apart with a civil war.

The civil rights movement of the 1960s turned violent.

Now gays are the primary focus for civil rights.

This time period we live in has been a turning point for humanity.

What is sad, really sad, is that we as civilized human beings have to go through this long drawn-out legal process. We are paying for the sins of our fathers. Sins that should never have happened.

Our forefathers should have never allowed laws filled with bigotry and discrimination to ever be passed.  We are fixing hundreds of years of backwards thinking.  This generation is fixing hundreds of years of bigotry and racism.  Bigotry and racism that should have never happened.

The founders of this nation fled oppression. What did they do in the new land? They established the very oppression they wished to flee from, but just a different form of it. But rather than establishing a king and queen, white men were set as the superior race.

White men controlled the government, white men controlled the trade, white men controlled the money, white men brought black slaves from Africa in chains.  It is the rich whitemans that this nation is in the shape it is.

A nation that was founded on slavery, but boasted justice and freedom for all will finally see the dream come true.

The Declaration of Independence states, “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.”

How can we say all men have unalienable rights, but pick and choose who is deserving of those rights? We, as a civilized nation should demand better for our brothers and sisters. Who am I to say that a black man, black woman, gay man or gay woman are any less deserving of their rights than I am?

The goal that we as a society must work for is equality for everyone. Rights must apply equally, or not at all.