However we aren’t the only country to have freedom; the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia are just some of the many other nations that also enjoy freedom. But the real question is, where do these rights end for an American? An American has their own voice, but the freedom of speech leads to the creation of stereotypes along with discrimination. This is where the concept of an American becoming a hypocrite kicks in. The idea of equality can never be made a reality with individuals treating each other the way they do now.
In addition to being mistreated, laws were created to prohibit interracial marriage. In 1967 people believed that it was "preserving 'racial integrity '" (Loving v. Virginia). Many people were called ignorant for thinking about the situation differently. The Equal Protection Law was violated because
Within our Nation, interracial interaction hasn’t been the most forthcoming to equality and letting go of discrimination and segregation. After the Civil Rights Movement, certain aspects have gotten better towards the government changing and adding amendments and laws to make sure everyone had equal opportunities regardless of race, but there are still some state and local agencies that haven’t grasped the idea of equality among all. An example of this is the 1967 Love v. Virginia case that tried to incarcerate two individuals simply because they were an interracial married couple which violated the Fourteenth Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause under Due Process. In 1958, two residents of Virginia, Mildred Jeter, a black woman, and Richard
The Equal Rights Amendment was a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution stating that civil rights may not be denied on the basis of one’s sex. All throughout history people have argued whether it is best to have human distinctions or gender equality. Ultimately, “The ERA would make women’s equality with men law of the land” (lecture notes). This federal amendment would make it impossible for legislators to pass laws that discriminate against women’s rights. In 1977, 35 out of 38 states ratified the ERA however, despite the widespread public support for the amendment, the extension ran out in 1982.
In Stephen Mays article “ What About Gender Roles In Same Sex Relationships” he talks about how the traditional gender roles of a relationship do apply in a small way to same sex couples but he also says “Imposing gender roles on on gay couples is even more ridiculous than doing so with straight couples”. The whole purpose of a gay relationship is that there is no “woman” and in a lesbian relationship there is no “man”. People are so accustomed to the traditional relationship of a man and a woman that they try to push those gender roles onto single gender relationships. When a man shows personality traits that we would normally associate with a woman, that does not make him the woman in the gay relationship because he is biologically a man.
Equality for all. Do the majority of coaches and parents really want equality for all athletes? The answer to this question is, surprisingly, under discrepancy. Title IX, a federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded educational activity and or program, is starting to be thought of as “over the top.” Title IX faces controversy as some think that it takes away from male sports.
Very few people know that Oregon is a very racist state, and has created multiple laws in order to keep the state as white as it possibly can. One way of doing that was when Oregon first became a state and immigrants were coming to lie here for new opportunities, Oregon only allowed those who could assimilate to American ways and considered more desirable races over the undesirable races. Such as anyone from Germany or Scandinavia because anyone from those areas was viewed as the “self-image of Americans and Oregonians.” In Oregon, there have been similar views on immigrants of that are Asian and Latino, such as both are considered economical threats for different reasons.
A similar situation occurs in modern America. Everyday, American citizens justify refusing marriage licenses to gay couples on the ground their religion deems others inferior. This idea of inferiority also exists in Puritan gender roles. Puritanistic beliefs dictate that while men and women are equal in their ability to achieve saintliness their equality stops there. Similarly, the United States is also a patriarchy; therefore, there has never been a female president and the bulk of companies are run by men.
Although they had good intentions, it has only made it harder only the majority of the population. America is unknowingly judgmental towards any select person that has a belief or opinion that is not supported at the current time. As an example people have seen the harsh behavior gay people have faced over the last hundred years so they decided to make their beliefs the most important.
President Barack Obama once said, “Every single American—gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, transgender—every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of our society.” For many generations people have created a common misconception that lesbian and gay people are different from them. As a nation, men and women have named lesbians, gays, and bisexuals as sinners and “the devils work.” This causes men and women to believe that same-sex couples are not fit parents. Now is the time to change these thoughts; lesbians and gays are in fact people just like everyone else.
America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. Or are they? Homosexuals are discriminated against in America. They are looked down upon for being who they are rather than what they have done. It should be legal for homosexuals to be happily married in all states.
The picture of Lady Liberty with open arms outstretched to the poor and down-trodden throughout the world is an inspiring symbol for conservative and liberal citizens of the United States of America. They are united in the desire to continue living out the Founders’ vision in the modern age. However, they are divided in their interpretation of exactly who is included within that embrace. The terminology of ‘open immigration’ sounds appealing to many residents of the USA. After all, why shouldn’t everyone be able to enter our wonderful homeland?