The First Amendment of the United States Constitution states the following:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
In our world today, we see a great deal of disparity in how one group is treated over another. We have witnessed just how the rules are not the same for EVERYONE. Behaviors that deserve certain attention or actions against inappropriate, unjust and discriminatory practices go completely unnoticed and unaddressed.
Police brutality, racial discrimination, injustice and inequality are very REAL issues that people of color, particularly African American people live with, each and every day. If The Constitution of the United States allows for peaceful protest, then why is it so hard to have peaceful responses; remembering that as citizens of this country, we were born with the right to do so.
There are American documents that we are taught in school that supposedly encompass all that it means to be an American. Are these ideals ONLY for those who are not people of color? If this is the home of the brave and the land of the free then why not understand that none of these PEACEFUL protests are designed to disrespect OUR flag or OUR Country, but does this Country, respect the differences of race and culture and beliefs? Or do they ONLY do so when YOU fall into line, “behaving” and accepting unacceptable practices that are harmful to you and your community?
Instead of dismissing each other’s plights, let us take time to actually LISTEN to what it is that is being said; what’s being fought for AND what’s being questioned here. Are ALL men created EQUAL? Or were those just some words that sounded good at the time.
Here’s to brighter days!