Words have meaning. The word “equal” appears in our Declaration of Independence:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
In the case of the Declaration of Independence, the phrase “created equal” means that all of us are given the same rights. It does not mean that everyone will be equal in all ways, including intelligence, wealth and health, or that everyone will have the same outcomes in life.
The following is from George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health:
Those Who Know Better have determined that they must control civilization so that those They deem to suffer from inequities will have equal outcomes with those who have advantages, are more intelligent, or who work harder.
Key Takeaways: Equity vs. Equality
- Equality is providing the same level of opportunity and assistance to all segments of society, such as races and genders.
- Equity is providing various levels of support and assistance depending on specific needs or abilities.
- Equality and equity are most often applied to the rights and opportunities of minority groups.
- Laws such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 provide equality, while policies such as affirmative action provide equity.
Affirmative Action is not about equality. It isn’t even about equity. It judges people primarily by their ethnic background or the color of their skin.
Under Affirmative Action in college admissions, preference is given to those who are of African or Hispanic ancestry. Those who are Caucasian or Asian are moved to the back of the bus. For example, a poor Caucasian young man will not be given preference because he is white; the fact that he is poor will probably be ignored. Asian students are often moved behind because they are perceived to have intellectual advantages, while it may just be that they work harder and get better grades as a result.