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Which Democratic value speaks to you most?

Vincent Harding

City Council, District 1

Equality. It’s a word that is very significant in the Declaration of Independence; “we hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they have been endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Although the language is beautiful, America has not lived up to these ideas. Black people were property, 3/5’s of a person, and then not given practical citizenship even after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Women were not specifically mentioned in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Also, women could not vote until the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920.

I could continue talking about the many ways in which the United States has not treated certain groups as equal also. I believe we must continue pushing for equality for all people.

Although I think Democrats need to do a better job of taking action on issues that affect people of color, I think they have a better view of what it means to have true equity. It is my desire to disrupt inequitable systems to reform them to create real equity for those that they impact.