An INTENSE convo between a young black activist & a police officer in Selma, 1965.
Are We All Created Equal?
On the surface, it seems we are all very different from one another. We are all unique in many ways. Each person’s ethnic background can lead them to be more gifted and or more talented in certain areas than others from other ethnic backgrounds. No two men are similar in physical constitution, capacity, and temperament. But what does that really mean?
Sheriff Deputy, L.C. Crocker says…
“There are no two people equal”
In the eyes of whom? If this is true beyond the illusion, those who carry this belief can only be considered lesser than those who have risen far above the ego mind to space where ‘unity’ and ‘unconditional love’ are both experienced and understood. It’s a heavenly space.
While completely open and free from fear and judgment, one can discover God within everyone and everything. Deep in this space, you may gaze into the eyes of another sharing the same heart frequency, and you will each have the pleasure of experiencing the awe-joy of God within one another; because you’re both embodied in your true essence.
Only then, can the mysteries of the universe be revealed.
Luckily consciousness among the masses has evolved considerably since 1965, however, we still have a long way to go. It is very clear that many people still feel the need to consider themselves as more valuable or less valuable than others strictly based on their ethnic background. Many express pride in their race… as if that is something they earned. The problem with ethnic pride is that you can’t experience it without putting yourself on a pedestal, which puts others below.
Today, there are different kinds of Equality that we recognize…
(1) Social Equality
(2) Civil Equality
(3) Political Equality
(4) Economic Equality
(5) Equality of Opportunity and Education
We won’t discuss all of these but we will mention the United States Declaration of Independence and our founding fathers.
The second paragraph of the United States Declaration of Independence starts as follows:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, 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.”
For Jefferson and many of our Founding Fathers, the phrase “…that all men are created equal…” really meant that “all free, property-owning males are created equal.” Fortunately, over time, all races and both sexes in the United States have moved to achieve full legal equality… at least in theory and on paper.
Professor Laski has very aptly remarked in this connection:
“Equality does not mean the identity of treatment or the sameness of reward. If a bricklayer gets the same reward as a mathematician or a scientist, the purpose of society will be defeated. Equality, therefore, means, first of all, the absence of social privilege. In the second place, it means that adequate opportunities are laid open to all”.
Many still experience discrimination on a day-to-day basis strictly due to their ethnic background. A person’s ethnic background should never play a role in determining someone’s worth. We all have different strengths and weaknesses, and it’s all the more reason to unite on an equal playing ground. This way we can share our strengths and weaknesses and collaborate on common goals, instead of competing with ourselves.