Overview

BY: LEXI FARQUHAR

After researching historical and current events around racial injustices, it became notably obvious how frequently history repeats itself. In 1776, the original 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain, and became what is now known as the United States of America. With the birth of this new found freedom, the colonies also promised one of the greatest promises to their citizens. The constitution states, “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.” This quote is proving that according to the constitution, all men should have the same rights and should be treated equally, no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, etc.



In 1789, the United States formed the constitution for their citizens so that all people would be treated equally. The constitution states, “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.” This quote from the first amendment proves that  within the constitution, all people should be allowed to speak their mind and share their ideas, as long as they are doing so peacefully and respectfully.


As you can see, people have been bridging the first amendment right for years. In 1963, MLK wrote the letter titled Letter From Birmingham Jail. The letter states, “Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say wait. But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown our sisters and brothers at whim…” This quote proves that MLK is firing a grievance against the constitution because the police were brutalizing black people just because of the way they looked, and it was a violation of the first amendment.

In the nonfiction article titled Issue Overview: Racial Profiling by Bloomberg, the first amendment right was broken because the police forces were singling out people based on their appearance. The text states, “A car is pulled over, a pedestrian stopped, a traveler pulled out of line. If the person is being singled out on the basis of a category — race, ethnicity, religion — rather than a specific action, the incident might be an example of profiling, a law enforcement tactic that’s been used, and debated, for decades.” This quote proves that grievances against the constitution are still present today because racial profiling  goes against the first amendment that states that no one should feel less than someone else because of their appearance. In conclusion, racial injustices were present in the past, and they are still present today.

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