Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Equality Birthright

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Equality Birthright

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President Donald Trump does not understand about the NFL players' national anthem protest because he does not understand the entire point of America. The Declaration of Independence affirmed that solely by virtue of the fact that we are humans, we are endowed with certain rights, which include the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Bill of Rights makes very clear that equal treatment under the law is a birthright of all humans regardless of any other attribute.

With regard to Mr. Trump's tweet of Aug. 10: Colin Kaepernick knew exactly why he began taking a knee; it was to protest the unjustified murder of black men by white police officers in particular and the unequal treatment of people of color by the police in this country in general. It is undeniable that this is a fact of life for people of color in America, and it reached the point for Mr. …

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