EQUALITY Equals a Peaceful Society


by Michael Corthell

Opinion in the absence of evidence is called prejudice. It's also called ignorance. And people who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves to a rigid ideology.

America and indeed the human race itself have been struggling with this for a long time. The evidence of discrimination is all around us. It's in our nation's DNA...

“As a nation, we began by declaring that 'all men are created equal.' We now practically read it 'all men are created equal, except negroes.' When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.”

― Abraham Lincoln, Lincoln Letters

How can we begin to resolve this fear-based behavior, and stop fearing the 'other'?

“My request today is simple. Today. Tomorrow. Next week. Find somebody, anybody, that’s different than you. Somebody that has made you feel ill-will or even hateful. Somebody whose life decisions have made you uncomfortable. Somebody who practices a different religion than you do. Somebody who has been lost to addiction. Somebody with a criminal past. Somebody who dresses “below” you. Somebody with disabilities. Somebody who lives an alternative lifestyle. Somebody without a home.

Somebody that you, until now, would always avoid, always look down on, and always be disgusted by.

Reach your arm out and put it around them.

And then, tell them they’re all right. Tell them they have a friend. Tell them you love them.

If you or I wanna make a change in this world, that’s where we’re gonna be able to do it. That’s where we’ll start.

Every. Single. Time.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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About Equality

In this video student, Alexander Gallegos discusses his Native American heritage and three types of discrimination in America today.


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