America is a young country. It still has a chance to make things right.
America…a country that is capable of so much kindness and humanity has given us:
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
The 14th Amendment: provided citizenship to all persons "born or naturalized in the United States," including formerly enslaved persons, and provided all citizens with “equal protection under the laws,”
The 15th Amendment: prohibited states from disenfranchising voters “on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was a start…as it left a door unlocked and gave the former Confederate States a key, They used this pathway to institute voter qualifications such as poll taxes, and literacy tests, among other qualifications[i].
The Mann Act: (also known as the White-Slave Traffic Act of 1910) criminalizes the transportation of any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose[ii].
These are the laws of the land. Not of the heart. It is not what a person so in the light that counts…it is how she/he behaves when no one is looking. Daily we witness racial and age discrimination imposed upon minorities In America.
Can we get better? I truly hope so or this nation’s ‘brain trust’ will fail, our efforts to build generational wealth will fail and we will fall back to the middle ages as our middle class disappears.
[i] Landmark Legislation: Thirteenth, Fourteenth, & Fifteenth Amendments: https://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/CivilWarAmendments.htm
[ii] The Mann Act: https://www.justice.gov/archives/jm/criminal-resource-manual-2027-mann-act