In 'Rights of Man', pamphleteer Thomas Paine makes it clear that according to him, "by the simple operation of constructing government on the principles of society and the rights of man, every difficulty retires". While this may have been true in 1971, it is not so today. While America has a diverse population, whether there is a "cordial unison" among all its citizens is a matter of much debate. For, while they may be given the same constitutional rights, many immigrants and Americans are far from being treated as equals.
In America, as in every other nation, as in every diverse society, there is discrimination by its citizens against its diverse citizenship. Whereas some nations discriminate based on caste or religion, most of the discrimination prevailing in America today is racial between the 'blacks' and the 'whites'. While one may give the example of the first Black President, Barack Obama to counter my point, simply his election is not enough to say that all american citizens and treated equally. Racial discrimination against Asian-Americans, Latin-Americans and Arab-Americans (Islamophobia) is also prevalent.
This brings us to the unlawful persecution of members of the Islamic communtiy post 9/11. Various cases have been reported where people have lost their jobs, or children have sufferred incessant bullying because of the religion they follow. Even today, one can see that not all Americans are wholeheartedly accepting of Muslims. Furthermore, due to the average citizens ignorance, many Sikhs and Punjabis in the United States have also been unjustly accused of being involved in terrorist activities beacuse of their similar physical appearance and habits of maining long beards.
Now that we are on the topic of religion, it would do us good to remember how many religious leaders and churches have spoken out against homosexuality, claiming it to be a disease. One would have hoped that in the 21st century, when all other aspects of our social lives...
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