Equal Rights In Josephine Baker's Speech At Washington By Josephine Baker

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As Chief Joseph once said, "The earth is the mother of all people, and all people should have equal rights upon it." However, many people throughout history and the present day have had these rights taken from them unfairly. Human rights can be given to everyone if people stand up for them and help others escape from unfair conditions and have already been actualized for everyone in other nations.

A clear reason why human rights can be actualized for everyone can be seen in other countries, where everyone has these simple rights. For example, in her speech at Washington, Josephine Baker says that in France “I could go into any restaurant I wanted to, and I didn’t have to go to a colored toilet either” (19-21). After she fled America, Baker saw that it was possible for everyone to have the same rights. By sharing this, she shares the idea of demanding human rights for everyone. This shows that human rights can be actualized for every person. She also points out that “they started to open that door just a little bit, and we all started to be able to squeeze through” (Baker 60-61). After she starts protesting, the door to equality started to open. Because Baker shared her experiences in France, the people saw that human rights could be given to everyone and realized that they deserved those rights.

Human rights can also be given to everyone if people whose voices can be heard stand up for those who cannot speak. A survivor of the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel, says “indifference

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