Upholding the Principles of Equity and Freedom of Speech

Upholdingthe Principles of Equity and Freedom of Speech

Upholdingthe Principles of Equity and Freedom of Speech

Thefoundingfathersof theUnited States andits constitutionbelievedin severalconceptsthat would drivethenewlyformednationto greaterheights.Someof theseconceptsincludefreedomof speech,liberty,andequity(Kingsolver 1). Itwasexpectedthatobservingthethree principleswould helptheAmericans demonstratepatriotismandprovidean opportunityforeverymemberof theAmerican societyto be proudof theUnited States. However,Barbara Kingsolver andAudre Lorde, whoare theAmericans of color,writeabout their disappointmentwith themannerin which thewhite Americans discriminateagainst andmistreatthepeopleof color.Thispaperwill demonstratethetwo authors’(Barbara Kingsolver andAudre Lorde) actionsandbeliefsliveup to thevaluesthat theUnited States claimsto holddear.AlthoughBarbara Kingsolver andAudre Lorde feelembarrassedforbeingdiscriminatedagainst on thebasisof their respectiveraces,their actionsandbeliefsdemonstratethattheyupholdthekeyvalues(equityandfreedomof speech)that are theU.S. claimsto support.

Equaltreatmentof allpeopleis among thebasicprinciplesheldby theU.S. as a sovereign state.However,therampantincreasein casesof discriminationof peopleon thebasisof their colorhas madetheconceptof equalcontroversial.Forexample,Kingsolver narratesabout howher husbandallowstheir kidto wearclothingthat representedtheflagof theUnited States. Thehusbandstated,“You cannot lethatefulpeoplestealtheflagfrom us” (1). The“hatefulpeople”in thisstatementmeanttheWhite Americans whohada habitof discriminatingagainst thepeopleof color.Lorde alsoexpressesher disappointmentwhenher familykickedout of a hotelandtoldthattheycannot eattheresince theynot white. Thewaitresstellsthefamily,“I saidI kingiveyouto takeout, butyoucannot eathere”(241). Thetwo articlesindicateclearlythatthewhite Americans, whoclaimandare expectedto promoteequalityactcontraryto thenationalvalues.

Although,Lorde Express their disappointmentafter beingdiscriminatedby thewhite Americans, their reactionseemsto promotethetruevaluesof theUnited States. Kingsolver expressesthedesireforthe equaltreatmentof peoplewhencommentingonthe8,000 peoplewhoforma patternthat reflectsthenationalflag.Kingsolver isinformedthatsomeof thepeoplein thepatternare deadandstates“Thatis my flag,andthatis whatitmeans:We are alljustpeopletogether”(1). Thisisan expressionofthe disappointmentsince theAmericans havefailedto realizethattheyare allpeoplewhoarefacedwith similarchallengesin life.Similarly,Lorde reactionto a scenarioin which her familyis disappointedin a hotelindicatesthatshewould preferequalityas opposedto inequality.Shestates,“I wasleftto writemy angryletterto thepresidentof theUnited States allby myself”(242). ThisstatementshowsthatLorde is not onlyangryforbeingdeniedtheopportunityto eatatthehotel,buther mainconcernis theunderlying reason,which is thecolorof her familymembers.

Actionsandbeliefsheldby Barbara Kingsolver andAudre Lorde indicatethattheyare willingto upholdtheprincipleof thefreedomof speechorexpressioninspiteofthechallengestheyfacein theUnited States. Kingsolver describestheU.S. engagementin theGulf warin sarcasmby statingthatthevaluesthat theU.S. foughtforare wellunderstoodby theoilcompanies.In essence,Kingsolver triesto showthatthewarwasmeantforthesuppressionof thepeoplewhohelddifferentopinions,in addition,to increasingtheoilsupplyin theU.S. market.Kingsolver states,“I would tostandup formy flagandwaveitover a fewthingsI believein, includingbutnot limitedto theprotectionof dissentingpointsof view”(1). By statingthisKingsolverexpressesher deepconcernfortheextentto which theWhite Americans haveviolatedtheprincipleof freedomof speech.

Similarly,Lorde alsosupportstheideaof thefreedomof speech.Thisbecomesevidentwhenshecommentsabout thescenarioin which her entirefamilyisrefusedfrom eatingin a hotel.Lorde states,“Had I not writtenpoemsabout Bataan andfreedomanddemocracyforall?”(242). thestatementindicatesthatLorde valuesthefreedomof speechas wellas democracy,which are someof theprinciplesthat theU.S. claimsto uphold.

Inconclusion,theactionsandbeliefsof Barbara Kingsolver andAudre Lorde indicatethatthetwo authorsupholdtheprinciplesof equityandthefreedomof speechinspiteofthechallengestheyfacein theUnited States. Themajoritywhite Americans havefailedto liveup to themostsignificantvaluesthat their countryclaimsto uphold.Barbara Kingsolver andAudre Lorde, whocomefrom theminorityraces,havelittleto dotohelpthecountry(U.S.)liveup toits values.However,thedisappointmentstheyfacedonot limittheir zealto endorsethevaluesof equityandfreedom.

Workscited

Kingsolver,B. And our flag was still there. SFGATE.25 September 2001. Web. 6 April 2015.

Lorde,A. Thefourth of July.(n.d.)