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Our Bill Of Rights

All throughout human history, it is common to see many cases of social injustices. One example that has occurred recently and in past times is racial injustice.

After the original colonists of America declared their independence from Britain, because of what they believed was a terrible rulership, they decided to take what Britain had done wrong and turn it into something that would promise people equal and just rights. “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.” These words were written to tell the people that they and everyone around them have the right to  live, be able to make their own decisions, and have a chance at a happy life, of which can’t be taken away from them. The first amendment says, “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 means that people have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom to peacefully protest.

Grievances Against What is Supposed to Protect Our Rights 

Because different cases of social injustice have occurred, people have made many grievances against the first amendment. One example would be in 1964 when Martin Luther King Jr wrote the letter, Letter From Birmingham Jail. In this letter he says, “On the basis of these conditions Negro leaders sought to negotiate with the city fathers. But the political leaders consistently refused to engage in good faith negotiation.” This quote shows that King was making grievances against the constitution because the first amendment says that people have the right to freedom of speech. Since he says that political leaders ignored the Negro’s idea of having equal rights shows that they are not following what the constitution says should happen. In the nonfiction article called, History of Police Brutality, by Katie Nodjembadem, shows that the second amendment was recently broken again because a police officer shot an African American even after he told him he had a licensed gun. “Dashcam footage shows Yanez firing through the open window of Castile’s car, seconds after Castile disclosed that he owned and was licensed to carry a concealed weapon.” The second amendment says that you are allowed to bare arms, yet the policeman went ahead and shot him anyway just for having a gun, even when he wasn’t even using it.

All throughout human history, it is common to see many cases of social injustices.


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