The killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has once again sparked a national dialogue on race.
Each of us has our own identity, whether it is nationality, name, color, profession or culture. Each of us has our own identity that makes us different from other people. The first Americans were dark-skinned people called Indians, they were followed by people from Western Europe and Africa, then Asia, then Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and now from Mexico and South America. All these groups of people have contributed to American culture and how we as individuals look to and at one another.
When we declared our independence, we said that all men were created equal and that they were entitled by God to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But something happened when our forefathers stepped out of Independence Hall. They made it legal to kill Indians. They made people of color property. They made it legal to take land from others, by force if necessary. Though our forefathers professed freedom for all, their law said only white, land-owning Protestant people could vote. This also contributed to how we look to and at one another.
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