July 17, 2014
by Heshie Zinman
Recently we celebrated Independence Day, marking the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, July 4, 1776. The Declaration says 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.” Back then, not all men and women were free or treated as equal.
After the signing of that document, a war had to be fought to win independence from the British. Despite winning that war, the free and equal parts still remained to be fulfilled. Slavery was legal and took almost 100 years to end.
The equality part has taken somewhat longer to fulfill. So, when will we truly be able to celebrate “Equality Day”? Should we just declare equality, as we did independence?
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