All Men Are Not Created Equal Essay

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All Men are Not Created Equal
Since the beginnings of our nation’s it has been implied that all people should be viewed as equals but the question is, are all people seen as equal? Our founding fathers wrote that all men were all one of the same. Everyone is familiar with Thomas Jefferson's famous quote," We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” The passage claims that we are all equal but where is the proof that we are? It was stated in the Declaration of Rights of Man and of the Citizen, “Men are born free and remain free and of equal rights”. I do not believe that these statements apply to all of mankind. Throughout history many acts have proven otherwise. As we take a look throughout history we see
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Some people are born and or raised to have a drive to succeed. They are the ones that are willing to go the extra mile to get a job done. They work hard to get ahead. On the other hand, there are people who are not willing to help themselves. They look for a hand out. They believe the world owes them. People can not control the type of home they are born into. Some people are raised to become something while other are raised merely to survive. Some children are born into a stable home full of love while others are born into an unstable home full of violence. Many are born poor, while others are born into a middle class home or an upper class home. According to the National Vital Statistics Reports Volume 57, Number 12 Births: Preliminary Data for 2007, there was 39.7% of children born to unmarried mothers in the United States. Each home offers different advantages and disadvantages. We are all products of our raising.
One might also consider the slaves. I can hardly imagine that anyone would have considered them as equals in Jefferson’s time. They were stripped of all their basic rights. Slaves were told when to eat, when they could sleep, and when they had to work. Some had their young took from their arms. Thomas Jefferson never thought that slavery was morally justifiable, but he also did not think he had violated the natural rights of man being born into a slave holding family. Jefferson himself owned around two hundred slaves until his death. (Wilson Quarterly)
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