Netflix and Will Smith came together to explain the importance of the 14th amendment with a show called Amend: the fight for America. The series reeducated me about social issue we faced and the continuous fight the lies ahead. In my mind all the issue seem ridiculous because I was raised to treat everyone as I would like to be treated that means good not better or worse. Why is there a dilemma for people in power to give the same rights for people that are marginalized? Is it because I haven’t been in a powerful position and I don’t understand what it means to lose power. It’s probably hard to admit but that could be part of the truth.
YouTube video: https://youtu.be/1h9gmJxvZU0
Then I realized the power is created by actions and we all have power. The power of learning, the power of speaking out, the power of marching, the power to fight, the power read and write, the power to say no. I realized damn, I’m powerful being and I’m going to use this power to help others. In addition I believe the education is the bench press for truly great power.
The show is emotional, educational and raw thank you Will Smith for educating the masses. I want to spread the message of equality around the globe. Below are the first three sections of the 14th amendment of the constitution:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.
No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (2019, September 27). Fourteenth Amendment. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/topic/Fourteenth-Amendment