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  • What does it mean to be an American?

  • What about a citizen?

  • The original Constitution is silent on the subject of citizenship.

  • It doesn't have any statement of who is a citizen or who isn't.

  • In that space of this undefined term "citizen,"

  • racism was allowed to flourish.

  • At the heart of the 14th Amendment

  • is the definition of "citizens" in America.

  • It is through this definition that all the rights we cherish

  • are granted and defended.

  • Racial equality.

  • Marriage equality.

  • Women's equal citizenship.

  • The right to have rights.

  • And under the law,

  • everyone in America gets "equal protection."

  • My fellow Americans, this is a problem which faces us all.

  • Who

  • is America?

  • We talk about equality a lot in America.

  • We talk about justice.

  • The 14th Amendment was intended

  • to make that vision real.

  • The right to participate, the right to vote,

  • the right to call on the government

  • and also to get protections against the government.

  • The 14th Amendment

  • is a promise of equality for all.

  • "No state shall make or enforce any law…"

  • "…which shall abridge the privileges or immunities…"

  • "…of the citizens of the US."

  • It says we are all deserving of empathy and dignity.

  • "Nor shall any state deprive any person of life…"

  • "…liberty, or property…"

  • "…nor deny any person within its jurisdiction…"

  • "…the equal protection of the laws."

  • The founders wrote, "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

  • They made that promise.

  • This fight is for a more perfect union.

  • When the second founders wrote the 14th Amendment,

  • they put the word "equal" into the Constitution.

  • Another promise.

  • Words have power.

  • Words can change the world.

  • This is why we're here.

  • To tell America's story.

  • The story of the 14th Amendment.

What does it mean to be an American?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/02/05
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