Fighting for Equality is a Celebration of Independence
Despite the declaration of “all men are created equal,” any one of us can look around and recognize the lack of equality. The most obvious types of inequality come in the form of employment discrimination, whether stemming from prejudice based on race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation. Discrimination of protected classes is illegal.
Part of celebrating our independence as a nation is fighting discrimination. As lawyers at Kraemer, Manes & Associates, we exercise the rights bestowed on every man and woman in the United States by fighting for the rights of every American and challenging employment discrimination. We ensure that the government continues to serve the people.
The Purpose of Independence Day
The approach of the 4th of July prompts thoughts of sunshine, barbeque, and fireworks. On a deeper level, July 4th stirs memories of grade school history class where students yawned their way through the text books on the Revolutionary War. But this history, immortalized by our continuing freedom, set the stage for one of the modern world powers and the human rights movement.
Since July 4, 1776, Americans have been annually celebrating the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed, changing the course of history and halting Britain’s expansion. Not only did this day mark the beginning of our young nation, but it also initiated a standard. As the first line of the second paragraph, the Founding Fathers embedded a guiding principle in the Declaration of Independence that would echo throughout history.
The Standard of Equality
The Founding Fathers intentionally threw off the constraints of Britain and recognized that dire consequences awaited them if Britain ever arrested them. Benjamin Franklin summed it up well when he said, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.”
Our Founding Fathers revolted, seeking equality, and successfully created a new form of government. However, did they know that their declaration would forge a revolutionary way of societal thinking?
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal” – Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence established the truth “that all men are created equal.” Although the original intent of this phrase has been argued, its simple wording makes it the cornerstone for the human rights movement. But beyond that, the Declaration of Independence also laid certain responsibility upon the government, requiring it to serve the people.
“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it” – Declaration of Independence
Although our Founding Fathers used this section to justify their revolt from Britain’s rule, it sets a certain example for the US government. Our government was created by the people for the people. The US government exists to serve the people.
The Celebration of Equality for All
So on this Independence Day, remember the bravery of the Founding Fathers and follow in their steps by championing equality for all. The US government promises legal equality for every American and has established the judicial system to safeguard the American rights. Celebrate these American rights by challenging discrimination and championing equality.
If you believe that you have experienced employment discrimination, honor your inalienable right of equality and contact a discrimination lawyer.