In the song “Where is the Love?” by The Black Eyed Peas, will.i.am raps "If you only have love for your own race, then you only leave space to discriminate, and to discriminate only generates hate." This is super important since racism is such a huge problem in society today. The importance of this song is to touch on many different issues in our community and explain why they are such a big problem. I believe that many people do not think such issues are such a problem but that is why The Black Eyed Peas wrote a song to portray that if a person only likes one race, they are discriminating against others, and discrimination leads to inequality.
The “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is one of the clearest examples of equality. The letter was written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who was a civil rights activist. A civil rights activist is someone who chooses to be a leader of the political movement dedicated to securing equal opportunity for members of minority groups. In this letter, Dr. King states that he came to Birmingham to battle “injustice.” Since he was an activist, he felt compelled to work for justice anywhere that injustice is being practiced. This is important to me because injustice is closely related to inequality. Dr. King also chose to write the letter in a tolerant manner, which I find really admirable.
The Netflix show “Orange is the New Black” is all about equality. It touches on LGBTQ rights and Women's rights. The show is dominated and run by all female characters, their stories, interests and everyday activities. This show introduces Laverne Cox, who plays a transgender in the show, and is an actual transgender. She has helped pave a path for society to start accepting transgender as a norm. The show has helped with proof that women are not “weak” and are able to withstand most everything. I believe that this is especially important since some people believe that women are not capable of a man's job, which is completely false. A woman can do anything a man can do.
“The Equality Act” is an act protecting agaist LGBTQ Americans. It makes sure that they all have a fair chance to have a job or be promoted and protect against being fired for being LGBTQ. Homophobia is also an issue in society. Some citizens of the United States believe that being LGBTQ is a sin/unlawful, which is terrible. No one should be fired, denied assistance, and many other things just because of who they are or who they love. I believe that everybody deserves an equal chance in life, no matter who they are. Love is love.
Inequality is such a huge concern in the United States. Our nation supposed to be based on the self-evident truth of equality. In “The Declaration of Independence” it proclaims “that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” This means that everybody that lives here is granted equality, no matter what their race is; therefore, that right is not able to be taken away. I believe that this is one of the most important philosophies to learn, and it is so important to accept the true meaning of it.
This show is about a family of immigrants trying to pursue an “American Dream”. It shows the racism and cultural misunderstandings that come with the territory of adapting to a new culture. It discusses touchy subjects such as changing of birth names to adapt to the American culture to the importance of sticking to your roots. The message is to teach their viewers to accept everyone's differences and to treat everyone equally. I believe that this show is particularly important since a lot of people tend to judge others who are different than them and they do not give everyone a fair chance, which is not fair.
“The Carmichael Show" is a show that talks about racial equality in every episode. In one episode, they discussed Bill Cosby and what side to take regarding his career. They asked, “Do we hate him for his actions and avoid all of his entertainment or can we still enjoy his comedy while accepting his actions?” This show talks about subjects others are too afraid to touch on. The importance of this is that it is being realistic with its audience. This show is all about giving people a second chance and accepting their flaws. I believe that this is an important concept to understand since everybody makes mistakes. Even if someone makes one bad mistake, it does not mean that they are not equal to others.
The painting “Equality” by Osnat really portrays the idea of being equal. It shows six different trees but in the reflection, they are all the same. The message behind the painting is that everybody is the same on the inside, and we all need to be treated equally. This painting is especially important to me since I try to give everybody an equal experience. I try not to judge someone on their outer appearance and I view everybody as the same. I give them the same opportunities as everyone else, which I think is an important thing since it is a big necessity for being able to have liberty for all.
One of the main themes within “The Circle” is equal access and equal say. In a world full of increased pressure for equality between races, genders, sexualities, etc., at first glance something titled equality can seem only for the better. One of the ideas from “The Circle” was to show the problematic nature of attempting to scale up technological advancement and ability into political or social policy pertaining to equality. This idea is important because even though “The Circle” is a fictional book, it can still relate to life in our society. It is important to me because it is shown as realistic.
The “I Have a Dream” speech was by American civil rights activist, Martin Luther King Jr. Within his speech, he calls for an end to racism in the United States and called for civil and economic rights. King believed that no matter a person's race, everyone deserved equal rights. His main the speech was a defining moment of the Civil Rights Movement. The importance of this idea was that without the power of being equal, the African Americans would not have the “right” of having liberty. Even though African Americans have rights to this day, they are still faced with racism in our world today. I believe that everybody has an equal chance to have the same liberties as everyone else, and that is exactly what Mr. King believed in.