Civil Rights & Equality All mankind....being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions

By Matthew Kafejelis

From the United States past, segregation and racism has been a major issue. Even though the Civil Rights law was enacted on July 2nd, 1964, we still face racism today. Equal rights have also been a major issue due to people's religion, race, sexuality, and culture. John Locke wanted people to live their lives to their fullest potential without being discriminated upon. For example, John Locke states

And thus, 'tis true, the paternal is a natural government, but not at all extending ... and nature allows him; and to punish the breach of the law of nature in others, so as may most conduce to the preservation of himself, and the rest of mankind.

Today, we face issues with women's wages, racism, religion, social class placement, gay marriage, and immigration. In John Locke's writing, he wants people to be equal no matter who they are, or where they come from. He never wanted people to be put in a lower class because of their ethnicity. He never wanted women to have less rights then what men do. He wanted everyone to be equal, whether you are a male or female, white or black. He just wanted to see the good in the world, which is equality.

In this case of equality, people are meant to be equal, not hated upon. John Locke is against hatred, and is very devoted to independence. He wants people to live for themselves, and not live for others. John Locke states in his writing

Every Man has a property in his own person. This nobody has a right to, but himself

Humans have evolved with each other for over thousands and thousands of years. No one should be hated upon or discriminated for who or what they stand for. Equality comes in different ways, but if people would come together as one, there would be no more world issues.

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