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Equality In America Essay

1679 words - 7 pages

Equality can be defined as every person being treated as equals; some examples include: everyone has the same laws, same rights, and access to the same education. In the world of equality there wouldn’t be any sort of discrimination, everyone would be treated as equals. No race greater than the other, no gender greater than the other, etc. In the fantasy world of equality, there would be no more discrimination, or biased opinions, which is why it is considered a “fantasy”. Equality can never truly be achieved simply because of the human race. Not everyone agrees on everything, which not only makes life difficult, but pushes equality even farther from our midst. People are biased and there is no getting around it; no matter what the problem, people have their own ideas, beliefs, and opinions. What helps them determine those beliefs is not important, but that a world of unbiased humans is simply impossible.
Many laws have been established regarding equality, and progress has been made. I am not stating that we need to drop everything we are doing and do more towards it, but I am stating that America is lying to the people when it claims it is “equal”. In President Obama’s second Inaugural Address he stated “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.” As poetic as this may seem, it is unfortunately not true.
With the issue of equality comes the issue of the meaning itself. Some would argue that everyone is equal when everyone has the same rights, others would say it will be when everyone is treated the same. Also, some argue that being “equal” means that everyone has access to the same “basic rights”, such has health care. In Daniel Bednarz essay “Medicine After Oil” he states “most Americans tell pollsters they believe healthcare is a human right, not a privilege awarded with those with higher income.”(632) America is trying to promote “equality”, and yet we barley know where to begin because it seems everyone has a different definition of “equality”.
America cannot claim itself as being “equal” if we haven’t even decided what that means yet. Some people argue that in order to achieve equality everyone should be given a voice. People also argue that in the issue of abortion you are killing the child inside. Then comes the debate of not only “is the child considered a ‘child’ or a ‘fetus’?” but that not only are you killing a child, you’re killing a defenseless one, without a voice. How can America claim to be equal when no one has settled the debate over whether or not we are killing innocent children? We can’t. Killing innocent children is not only sickening, but definitely doesn’t pose an “equal opportunity” for everyone.
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