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It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it. —Maya Angelou
In a time when the term “equal rights” has taken a beating and people feel that equity is the only acceptable goal, I infer from Angelou that equal rights should be ubiquitous. We shouldn’t have to fight over them, or distort them so that some people get more of them than others. Or the term, “fair play.” Today we would use the term “equal opportunity,” even though many people would insist that equal opportunity is unacceptable unless we get equal results, which is impossible to attain. And justice: neither the rich man nor the poor man should have more access to justice just because of their circumstances. Unfortunately, the political Left would turn all these assumptions on their head.
These conditions, in one sense, are always available. But when we try to manipulate or misrepresent them for our own gain, nobody actually wins. As Angelou says, “we all have it, or none of us has it.”
No party earns more of these conditions more than another. No righteous person is more worthy or deserving of equal rights, fair play or justice.
And when we steal them from another person, or cheat in order to create the perception that we are more entitled than anyone else, we all lose.Published in