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That all men are created equal: That they are endowed by their creator With certain un-alienable rights And that among these is life, liberty And the pursuit of happiness." How true is this statement with regard to events in America?

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Introduction

" WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS TO BE SELF EVIDENT THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL: THAT THEY ARE ENDOWED BY THEIR CREATOR WITH CERTAIN UN-ALIENABLE RIGHTS AND THAT AMONG THESE IS LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS." HOW TRUE IS THIS STATEMENT WITH REGARD TO EVENTS IN AMERICA? Reading the statement and referring to all the evidence, I find the quote very, very hypocritical. It was only applied to the white people of America. The negro population was treated as if they were not humans. They were like outcasts and misfits, beaten and violently abused by their white owners. They had no privileges. Voting rights and education were only a few of the things that blacks were deprived of. The atrocious behaviour of the racists soon brought a confrontation. Peaceful protests and marches were held in around 1955 to stop the racial tension between blacks and whites. Martin Luther King used non-violent resistance, a tactic that he advocated during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Blacks all over America used non-violence to protest against racial discrimination and inequality. My first piece of evidence shows the inhumanity of slavery. ...read more.

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The next evidence is about the ill treatment that young children and teens were exposed to. Following the Supreme Court decision that all schools de-segregate with deliberate speed was met with some opposition in the Deep South. In the year of 1957 nine negro students were subjected to fear and harassment. One of the nine, a female student called Elizabeth Eckford told of how she was spat upon and threatened by the national guard who was supposed to be protecting her. They refused for her even to enter the school doors. President Eisenhower was then forced to sign the United States Marines in, to enforce the court ruling and safety of the nine students. Another young negro girl was also entered into an all white school. She tried to ignore the mob screaming and shouting racist insults. She looked into the crowd for a kind face. Seeing an elderly woman she smiled, only to receive spit in her face. The hatred these young children faced would be enough to traumatise them for life. A young girl that was vulnerable to the mob was preyed upon. The child could grow up learning to hate whites or not be proud of who they are. A member of the public spat upon Elizabeth Eckford. ...read more.

Conclusion

As a result, the black people of Montgomery refused to use the public transports provided. This lasted approximately one year. Because of the economic efficiencies and the intervention of Martin Luther king the government finally de-segregated the transport system. Still the statement has not been shown. Instead a woman has been picked on for her colour. Rosa Parks realised her rights and stood up for her self and by this one significant act, managed to de-segregate the transport system. Once again her rights were ignored but her fortitude and the intervention of people like Martin Luther King saved at least some of their dignity and justice. In the conclusion the statement is flawed. How true is this statement regarding events in America. It's not true at all; the treatment of blacks in each piece of evidence has shown despicable acts of cruelty for example the separation of the Henson family, the treatment of a young child and the torment of Fannie Lou Hamer. Whether your skin is black, white or brown, is no matter. It's your inside that really counts. And so from all that has been discussed it is quite apparent that part of the constitution given in the form of a quote was not representative of black people, especially in the southern states of America. DANIEL SITARANJAN - 1 - ENGLISH ...read more.

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