After the Civil Rights upheaval, the cold truth of racism is that prejudice did not go away. A Black Kansas City, Missouri inner-city principal said that it just went underground. Ever since Donald Trump rode down his golden escalator that notion has changed. He insulted immigrants coming from Mexico “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” according to The Guardian. Trump nearly shouted out who he is.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) Spokesperson Liz Harrington disavowed the idea that “all people are created equal.” She appeared on Fox News to lambast an op-ed written by former Vice President Joe Biden. He said in his NBC opinion piece that “all people are created equal and should be treated equally throughout their lives.”
Harrington had a real problem with that. She went on Fox News to plow into the president’s running mate, according to a Fox News video on YouTube:
‘It’s amazing for Joe Biden to talk about eroding our foundation when his party is taking us sledgehammer to it. They are saying you can’t go to Mt. Rushmore, you can’t celebrate Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln.’
Harrington claimed that the idea was an assault on the Declaration of Independence, which said that all “men” are created equal:
‘His party is trying to rewrite history and tear it all down. And it’s very fitting that Joe Biden, in this op-ed, has the audacity to literally rewrite the greatest foundational document in this history of mankind, the Declaration of Independence.’
‘His woke staffers changed it to — not ‘all men are created equal’ — all people are created equal. And all people are guaranteed equality throughout life.’
According to Harrington, “That is not a constitutional republic:”
‘That’s the same radical left socialism that has taken over his party. That is really not just eroding our foundation, but rewriting it and out to destroy it.’
The 1962 movie To Kill a Mockingbird starred Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Set in 1930, the character tried to convince a jury that a Black man should go free. Today, after we watched George Floyd murdered on camera by a dead-eyed white police officer who stared right at the brave 17-year-old girl taping it. For seven long minutes and 46 seconds, our nation watched in shame over the crime this man perpetrated with no fear of retribution.
Floyd suffered. He could not breathe, he told the officer. Time after time. At last, in desperation, he called for his mama, and nearly all the mamas in this great country of ours heard his call.
So what were these words that so offended the Grand Old Party? Biden wrote about America’s major accomplishments which took the country closer to freedom: when women fought for the right to vote — and won. He pointed to Brown v. Board of Education when Thurgood Marshall entreated the Supreme Court to strike “separate but equal:”
‘Our democracy rose up from the ground when we ended slavery and ratified the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments. It rose higher when women fought for suffrage — and won. It was fortified when a lawyer named Thurgood Marshall persuaded the Supreme Court to strike down “separate but equal” and blaze a trail for opportunity in Brown v. Board of Education. And when our nation opened its eyes to the viciousness of Bull Connor and the righteousness of the Freedom Riders — and responded with outrage, and a new Civil Rights Act and a Voting Rights Act — we built it stronger still.’
Biden went on to “The Indian Self-Determination Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act, Marriage Equality, DACA, Black Lives Matter:”
‘Title IX. The Indian Self-Determination Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act. Marriage equality. DACA. Black Lives Matter. Brick by brick — and, all too often, against long odds and violent opposition — the American people have labored to expand the scope, strength and meaning of American democracy. There has always been a push and a pull between our founding ideals and the forces of inequality.’
Yet, it was this last line that got to the Republicans circling the RNC, not all Republicans, just those who hated “All people are created equal:”
‘But Independence Day is a celebration of our persistent march toward greater justice — the natural expansion of our founding notion from “all men are created equal” to “all people are created equal and should be treated equally throughout their lives.”’
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the character portrayed by Atticus Finch argued in a hot courtroom, the lazy fans stirring reused air before the all-white jury. He said in the YouTube :
‘[T]here is one way in this country in which all men are created equal – there is one human institution that makes a pauper the equal of a Rockefeller, the stupid man the equal of an Einstein, and the ignorant man the equal of any college president.’
When Finch declared. that ‘All men are created equal,” he did not realize the hatred he had unleashed, much like Joe Biden has done with Harrington. The cold truth is racism exists, especially in that grey area where people with the best intentions do not know what they do not know. It takes courage to tell them, and it takes courage to hear.
Atticus Finch represented equality for all men, no matter the color of their skin. With the help of a single character, Harper Lee’s words have worked to change the world, just as Mr. Floyd’s life has done.
Maya Angelou told The Washington Post:
‘I think most people murder other people, are unkind, brutalize, violate other people, allow themselves to be murdered, commit suicide, allow themselves to be violated, sell their full families off for messes of pottage, because they are afraid to die. That somehow these things will give them one more day. So once you get beyond that, your whole life is distilled. Every moment is precious.’
Watch the video below from Fox News.
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