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Equal Opportunity by talyarden
July 28, 2010, 3:31 am
Filed under: Equality | Tags: ,

Came across this smart, interesting, touching story http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/27/showcase-192/

It shows how much we can accomplish as a nation when we value the concept of Universal Access as we did with the Americans with Disabilities Act signed by the 1st George Bush. Universal access refers to the ability of all people to have equal opportunity and access to a service or product from which they can benefit, regardless of their social class, ethnicity, ancestry or physical abilities. It is a vision, and is some cases a legal term, that spans many fields, including education, disability, telecommunications, and healthcare. It is tied strongly to the concept of human rights.

The 14th Amendment says “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

So here is my question.  Is it a privilege to live without threat of interrogation, without fear of intolerance, with the security of free expression.  Because I think those “privileges” are being abridged.  What about marrying who we want to?  What about the right to equal opportunity in education and healthcare?  It seems like the laws say we are not equal if we are being deprived of liberties and life because some states choose to apply different laws than others.  How does that make us equal under a constitution that applies to all of us.  I don’t get it.

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