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The Pros And Cons Of Freedom In America

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“We cannot escape our history”

August 9, 2014, Ferguson, Missouri, 12:00 pm. Michael Brown is shot fatally dead after reportedly robbing a convenience store.

July 17, 2014, Staten Island, New York City, 3:30 pm. Eric Garner killed by NYPD officer after being put in a chokehold because he was selling cigarettes.

July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 12:35 am. Alton sterling shot dead while held down after a report of a man selling CDs and threatening people with a gun.

The United States of America is known for its ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, also called the “land of the free” it sounds like a perfect country. But are all these ideals equally obtainable for every US citizen? Is everyone in the US equally free? Since more than 100 years before the founding of our country in 1776, colonies used the labor of people against their will, people with more melanin, to found this country and its ludicrous and hypocritical ideals. Two- hundred fifty years of slavery, ninety years of Jim Crow laws, sixty years of separate but equal, thirty five years of racist housing policies, and at long last, the black race has acquired the closest thing to freedom yet. However America is not innocent to its pasts wrongdoings, to this day the repercussions of slavery are still being felt. Freedom in the US for blacks is not Freedom in the US for white people. If freedom is being about 5 times as likely to be incarnated than your white counterparts, as of 2009 having
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