Promoting and Protecting Minority Rights Essay

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The founding fathers of the United States Constitution suspected that through democracy, a government ruled by the majority, the majority could easily become tyrannical in its usage of unrestricted power. That is, in denying or denoting the rights of certain minority groups. These fathers included Thomas Jefferson who stated in his 1801 Inaugural Address for President of the United States, “All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression.” Despite the possibility of defying majority rule resulting in some…show more content…
Since, Afro-Cubans are unable to voice their discontent of which could lead to a positive change for the group, individual Afro-Cubans continue to be deprived of rights. If that minority group is not granted protection of rights, there remains little reason to grant protection of rights to other minority groups. The founders of the United States despite disagreeing on many other things, did find similar ground in balancing minority rights with majority rule. While on one hand, it seemed reasonable to allow the majority to choose policy, on the other it seemed clear a majority could just as easily abuse a minority as a king could abuse his people if left completely unrestricted. Thomas Jefferson, in his own words stated "In Republics, the great danger is, that the majority may not sufficiently respect the rights of the minority.” If the federal government did not take strides to protect the minority through the Bill of Rights, and other equally or more sufficient forms, the majority could easily oppress the minority.

The history of African-Americans is probably the best example of what occurs when the government doesn’t protect minority rights. One of the distinct phenomenons in government that has occurred within African-American history regarding the minority group’s rights is the institution of slavery. In the beginning of the
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