The Irony of the Pledge

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Myla Roper, Staff Writer

Do you get mad when other people cut you in line or when someone else makes a promise to you and doesn’t keep it?

Do you get mad when something gets taken from you or when you’re talking to someone, and they’re obviously not listening?

Naturally you’d either get mad, sad, frustrated or even feel discouraged.

Well, unfortunately, this is the reality for many people of color in America. From senseless police brutality to the downplay of our health, to our history being sugar coated and white washed, people of color have had to face endless discrimination.

The Pledge of Allegiance is something we are all taught as Americans to know by heart. We often recite the pledge in school, at assemblies or at sports games.

I find the pledge to be very ironic. The last line of the pledge is what stands out to me the most. When it reads “For liberty and justice for all,” I can’t help but to think about all of the injustices people of color have and still are being subjected to under this so-called “united nation.”

How could such a statement be made if the early “founders” of America reaped this land from their original inhabitants the Native Americans and started claiming it as their own?

Imagine if someone came and took charge of your house and emptied everything inside of it, and then when you went to them and asked why they were doing such a thing their reasoning was that they were here now so rightfully it all belongs to them.

Just as America was founded based on the ideas of freedom and liberty, we equally need to confront the fact that America was founded on bloodshed, exploitation and theft, which leaves a legacy of discrimination, marginalization and oppression.

In order to ensure that justice and liberty for all is available and applied to every American citizen, we need to be brutally honest about our history. Recognizing it is not all rainbows and butterflies.

We still have a long way to go in order to change the ways of this country into making it one united nation with justice for all.