Will Americans every really get our rights?
I thought I would start with this interesting piece of news from Paris. You have all probably heard about the revoked law in France that now allows women to wear pants in Paris. I had no idea that this law had been in existence lol. So, we think we have problems. Joking
Really, I have heard all of my life about this group and that group wanting their rights. People go through a lot of protesting and campaigning to try to get their rights here in America. If there is one thing that will get an American on the ball, it is the threat of losing their rights or not getting them in the first place.
Presently, a lot of emphasis has been put on Americans afraid to lose their right to bear arms. Also, Gays are feverishly wanting the right to marry. These rights are ones that these groups want to be addressed soon and now. I mean it’s America right? Home of the free! This is the place people used to go to when they wanted freedom. That bill of rights has come in handy over history. We have expectations about it. We expect the Constitution to work on our behalf. But, let’s stop and think a minute, before we get too impatient.
When we came here to this country, and decided to get together and write the Constitution, and the bill of rights, there were already people who were without their rights. When we came with our big Constitution, the native americans who were here before, instantly lost their rights. It seems that in writing the bill of rights, each of the men involved had their own ideas of what rights they wanted. So, therefore, this new Constitution and bill of rights served their purpose.
I hate to be a reminder, but over the history of America, it has always been a huge difficulty for the average person to receive these rights. Women, for example, were mens property for a long, long time after those rights were written. With much perseverance and rallying, women finally received the right to vote. Women over time became able to earn their own wages and work at the same jobs that their male counter parts were. The women’s movement really stirred things up and now we have progressed this far. But have we achieved the goal? Are women equal yet? What started in the early 1900′s is still not done. Women still get discriminated against. Men still get paid more than women for doing the same work. Even with the laws changing, women are still not treated equal. Now, I have my own opinions on this issue, but the truth is, women are not getting what they asked for when it comes to equal rights.
Another major issue still in America, is civil rights. Since the freedom of African-Americans to become citizens instead of slaves, a lot has changed. It even seems that there is an essence of equality. But, we all know that it is still an unsolved issue. African-Americans, and other minorities are not treated equal. I mean we are trying. There are some special programs in place in the hopes that everyone has the same opportunity for college and employment. But, I know things aren’t resolved. I live in Kentucky, and you can go days without ever seeing an African-American. Why don’t they want to live here? Because the ku Klux klan is still existing in these ignorant areas. I am ashamed to say.
I am writing this to say to all those who are wanting their rights and expecting to get them, it may be a long road. Because we are still not that far away from where we were when those rights were written. Also, as people get their rights here and there, there are others losing theirs at the same time. Will there ever be a day when everyone has equal rights? Will things ever really be “fair”? Will giving one group rights, infringe on another groups rights? Is it even possible? Just something to think about.