We are all created equal… but I’m still better.

One problem that I have with reading most blogs is that you tend to get caught up in the current, and forget about the past. It’s a simple fact that we can learn about our future by looking at our past, most ideas are simply concepts we already know that have been improved upon. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I just don’t find it very helpful in developing as a society to forget our past mistakes and continue to make them again because we were so focused on what we’re doing right now. I read a blog called “A Soviet Poster a Day” , it is a wonderful look back at very interesting artwork done throughout

Say “No to Fascism!”
V. Koretsky, Year Unknown

As a nation, we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read “all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and catholics.” When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretence of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocracy.

 

Abraham Lincoln
Letter to longtime friend Joshua F. Speed (24 August 1855)

This quote by Lincoln has been replicated in todays society, but with different races. We find outselves saying not only something similar to that which the poster says, but also tend to judge, or write off those that we consider a ‘threat’.

In America today you could say “All men are created equal… except radical islamists”, and more than likely not have people disagree with you on a large scale. We tend to think that even if we are created equal we are somehow still intrinsically different, and there is always a good reason for it.  This says nothing on how we treat people, I don’t feel that we should all be treated as equals because our actions dictate how we are treated. If you are a terrorist, and you bomb people, then you will be treated differently. The things we do however, should not hide the fact that we are at least all created as equals, it’s the choices that we make that will ultimately determine how we are treated.

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~ by brandontonio on August 28, 2007.

One Response to “We are all created equal… but I’m still better.”

  1. In the United States, racism has become something of a dangerous game to play, or even to be on the sidelines, and understandably so. Racism has done a lot of damage here–a lot of people have been hurt, raped, and/or murdered for no reason at all. How many more George Washington Carvers were there before the slaves were freed? How many budding Einsteins were murdered before realizing their full potential? With these shuddering thoughts in mind, we look at one another with a powerful fear of stereotype.

    This novel attitude has done a lot of good in the world (we view Martin Luther King, Jr., as a hero). However, we must temper our newfound benevolence with a measure of caution in today’s world.

    The sad fact of the matter is, we face an enemy that primarily belongs to a single race. No, not all those from the Middle East are terrorists. In point of fact, the vast majority of them are not. Nevertheless, we must consider all possible patterns of human personality when considering how to best defend ourselves against an enemy that refuses to stand and fight.

    Our enemy has not proven to be seventy year-old women with nail clippers. Nor has it proven to be six year-old girls with pig tails. It has proven to be Middle Eastern males in the prime of their lives, who also happen to misinterpret a certain religion.

    The question is, is it racist to detect certain patterns in your enemy’s background and exploit them to find him?

    Our nation was founded on the principle that “all men are created equal.” And they are. If we resort to extreme measures (such as prevention of immigration of all those from the Middle East), we lose a part of ourselves. But that does not mean that we cannot watch them more closely while they are here. Caution is called for, not rash action. There is a balance to be struck.

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