67 thoughts on “Equality

  1. I believe in a world that physical limitations should not label a person as problematic preventing them from certain situations and events. Throughout my life I have had to struggle with many health problems. Difficulty breathing and an immune deficiency has restricted my ability to be normal. Due to these issues, I have been left out of activities that my friends have participated in because I could not keep up with them. Additionally, because most did not understand my medical challenges, some friends began to exclude me from most activities. During my sophomore year at Somerset-Berkley Regional High School after speaking with a friend, I joined the tennis team which I thought would be difficult to do since I could not run around like the other players. Even though I did not participate as much as others, I was welcomed as a part of the team and created strong friendships with people I had never known before. As part of the tennis team, I have learned that even when someone may seem as though they are different secondary to struggles in their lives, it does not mean they do not have feelings like everyone else. This knowledge has given me a new perspective on how I see the world. I believe that everyone, no matter their physical, mental, or health challenges in their lives should be given the opportunity to participate. Through this experience, the value that has guided my life is a determination to succeed. This is what I believe.

    Geoffrey Souza

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    • I agree with you Geoffrey, I believe that physical limitations should not be used as an excuse to label someone as problematic . Everyone should be allowed to pursue any goal they have and should not be looked upon differently or excluded. Props to you for competing on your tennis team and not letting your physical limitations stop you.

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    • I find your post to have some really insightful and inspirational truth to it. I feel that there will always be a group to take in someone who gets mistreated by another group. Finding those who bring you in and really value you is a great feeling and something everyone should be able to experience someday. I’m glad you were able to experience this and learn from it which is even more rewarding.

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  2. Asking most people if they’re a feminist is like asking them if they’ve murdered anyone. The word feminist is hated by a majority of people. Images of angry woman screaming about equality spring to mind. Bell Hooks defines feminism as “a movement to send sexism.” However, if you said that to most general members of society, they would say that sexism is no longer an issue in our country, and feminism is a whole pile of hogwash.
    I used to think that way.
    My teacher at the time told me we were going to start a feminist unit. I could not think of anything worse to learn about. Reading a book from a feminist lens, and then writing a paper? This whole scenario sounded like a nightmare.
    Day after day I was exposed to ideas like internalized misogyny, biological sexism, and mainstream media sexism, that changed my outlook entirely. I started to see through a feminist lens. Whenever I went to a store with a woman, and she bought something I always was given the receipt and change. Why is the only woman in X advertisement is a secretary? When I picture people in power why are they are always men?
    My life changed when I realized this. I work daily to remove internalized misogyny from my life. I care deeply about feminism, which changed my whole outlook on the rest of my life. I went in with such a negative attitude, and I’ve come out the other side a better person.

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    • I have great appreciation for what you have written here. Most people consider feminism to be very extreme and unnecessary, which of course it can be, like anything else. However, like in the examples you have described, females are still discriminated against in some ways. Although they seem like small things, they still matter to those who are on the receiving end.

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    • What you have written here shows that we all have the power to respect one another and that feminism is not a way to attack men, and being able to have that viewpoint is awe inspiring since many men do not hold the same viewpoint of feminism.

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    • First off I would like to preface what I am about to say with the fact that I believe in equal rights and opportunity for all people regardless of gender, race, or any other factor. I think that having this stance would classify me as a feminist in the classical sense. People should be judged by their abilities and effort not factors they have no control over like the color of their skin or sex. When you said that you picture men in positions of power not women that is because most likely it is a man that is in a position of power. For example, in congress women only hold about twenty percent of the seats. So when you picture someone of power you are most likely to think of a man because men hold the majority positions of power. It is similar to saying when you picture a professional baseball player you picture a man not because of sexism but because only men are professional baseball players. I do not believe that it should be required for a 50/50 split, or quota, of men and women in area because people have different interests and want to purse different career paths. One reason I believe that hinders women in reaching positions of power is children. It is not like children just appear and then have to take care of themselves. Women may have to take time off from work to have the child and raise the child or multiple children. Every person should be given equal opportunities and then let the chips fall as they may. I agree that the media does play a large role in sexism that exists and only makes the issue worse. I also have a question that is what do you mean by biological sexism?

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    • I can appreciate how you’ve grown and come to realize the truth about feminism. Women are given the s*** end of the stick from things like school dress codes to getting paid 80 cents to a mans dollar. Be proud to call yourself a feminist because these are real problems that need to be addressed.

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    • This essay speaks volumes for progression in general. The fact that you were able to take in new ideas and reevaluate your opinions on a subject as polarizing as feminism is huge. Many people will play off the importance of a cause due to a negative vocal minority. What we need is people who are willing to look past the surface and actually learn about the real issues people face instead of taking a glance and making quick unfair judgements.

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  3. I believe in dress code equality. On September 20th 2016 something happened to me that I will never let go of. It was second period when I was sent out of class and informed that I had to leave school because I was apparently being “too distracting” all because my shoulders and thighs were exposed. My own education was being compromised due to what I was wearing. I had never felt so belittled in my entire life. My high school had just blatanly showed me that a guys education is more important and valued than mine. Girls are always constantly being victimized and picked on for what they wear. Some people preach for equality but still continue to judge girls for how they dress. We shouldn’t shame girls for wearing what they feel comfortable in. Many schools have a student handbook with a dress code section, in which every time the guys always have a smaller list than the girls. Instead of humiliating girls for what they’re wearing we should start teaching guys to not get “distracted” by girls outfits, to mind their own business, and to learn to respect us girls.

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    • I completely agree with you. Girls always get the short end of the stick when it comes to what we wear and it being too “distracting.” The fact that girls and boys have a different standard is unfair and in a way sexist. I also agree with the way you expressed how them taking you out of the room was compromising your education. It’s true, they are so worried about you being the source of “distraction” that they completely neglect the fact that you’re missing quality education for something foolish such as clothes.

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    • I agree, girls are shamed for wearing things they feel comfortable in. For example shorts needing to be fingertip or to your knee. When I walk into a store looking for shorts there are never anything that would fit that rule. Girls clothing is not made like that. How are girl supposed to follow a dress code when society does wear that. So girls are forced to wear dresses or pants in the summer time, which isn’t very fair. And as for shoulders, I don’t see whats so distracting about that? I don’t understand why guys can’t learn to just be respectful. That is what they see girls wearing walking down the street or in the summer, and it may be a distraction then but if they are the ones not playing attention I don’t understand why girls get in trouble for it. It means more to a girl when something happens to them or someone they know because they wore something which is meant to be normal clothing.

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      • I completely agree with you! like when I encounter these issues I always think…. are you telling me that if a girl that is dressed in short shorts and a crop top gets raped, its her fault because of what shes wearing……? how do you sound telling anybody what they can and not wear.

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    • I completely agree with your response. Girls always have more restrictions of attire than guys, and it goes against all of the new progressive movements we are trying o accomplish.

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    • I agree with you! I hate that society is always trying to change women rather than teach men what is wrong and right. Why is it that spaghetti straps are a “distraction” to men, but muscle tees are acceptable for guys to wear? Although both girls and guys tend to break the dress code, it is often the girl that gets punished.

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    • I completely agree with you. I think its awful how girls are victimized by the clothes that they are wearing. Its not fair that in some circumstances, we are not allowed wear a tank top that shows our shoulders but if a guy wants to wear a muscle tank its OK. Our education should not be decided by our clothing.

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    • I completely agree with your post. I remember as far back as elementary school when teachers would make comments to girls if they wore a skirt above the knee. One of the most disgusting things I’ve seen is my 7th grade math teacher walking around the class looking at the girl’s chests, and when the girls would catch him he would say “I was reading your shirt”. Its 2017 our society should allow women to wear what they want without being objectified.

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    • This gave me so much life because being a girl I experienced this. It’s not fair that we should be shamed and looked down upon based on what we wear. Men have always been favored more than females and we’ve always had to prove something in order to feel as though we’re “equal” when in reality we’re not which shouldn’t happen because gender should not determine how we should be treated.

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  4. I believe in Opportunities within colored woman

    Viola Davis once said “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.”
    Opportunity gives us the power to do whatever we believe in whether it’s applying for a job, college,anything that’s valuable to us.
    Since I was knee high my mother always taught me to be the best I can be because nothing is given to me, I have to go and get it on my own.
    If you take too long for it to happen it goes away.
    Opportunity also makes us work harder than we worked before, hard work leads us to endless opportunities.
    All of our lives we have been fighting just to be equal like men, now we have a bigger fight, we’re fighting to be equal just like non minority groups.
    I believe that opportunity is a privilege.
    It is not given to us.
    I believe that white supremacists have an unfair advantage over colored women, they are entitled to whatever they want.
    When I get a family I believe it is my job to tell them the harsh realities of the world.
    They can not go into the world simple minded and expect things handed to them.
    They have to go into the world ambitious and ready to go through any obstacles that need to be overcame.
    I believe that opportunities come with lessons and experience.
    As a Colored Women we experience a lot of racial inequality in our lives.
    I’ve experienced feeling inferior to whites while going to a suburban school, they never thought a BLACK WOMAN can be so intelligent, but I proved them wrong graduating with a 3.4 GPA isn’t so bad when a school doesn’t really believe in you.
    Through all the perseverance and struggles we go through there will be light at the end of the tunnel.

    Ivy Salley

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    • I relate so much to this post! The struggles women and men of color go through is absolutely terrible. It feels like the whole world is rooting against you and that just drives you to work harder than everyone else to prove that you can do what everyone said you couldn’t! Congrats on the 3.4 girl! And you’re right there is always a light at end of the tunnel!

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    • I agree with you a lot. They act like we can’t really be smart, that we have a stereotype on us. Black women having kids early or the men are in gangs. It makes you try to achieve more and show them whose boss.

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    • I agree with you on the point that we have to notice that there is a division and that we have to overcome as a black woman and show the stereo types are wrong and we should try to make that stereotype look non existent , great essay and a great message.

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    • I love this post! This is so relate able to a young black woman like myself. We have oppressed for so long and people need to know that we are not below any other person on this earth. The black woman that paved the way for us today struggled so we could have the little freedom and equality we do now. So our community has to fight harder to honor what they did for us.

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  5. Martin Luther King once said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. People often say that as time goes by we learn from our past mistakes. However, do we really? I believe in equality. Now, the word “equality” may have different meanings to different individuals. In my case, equality to me is the belief that everyone should be created equal. Notice how I say “should” instead of “is”? Yes, I say that because even though we have come very far in this age and era, there is still inequality in this world. There are still places in this world where women’s rights are denied. There are still places where LGBTQ rights are denied. There are still places where people are denied proper health care. There are still places where young kids are denied an education. There is inequality all over the world. It not just in your home turf, but it is everywhere.
    I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Now, growing up in the Dominican Republic sounds nice until you look at the reality of actually living in a country where being dark-skinned and Dominican is almost seen as taboo. As a kid, I was always made fun because of my skin. I always felt I was lesser than as a kid. But as I got older and moved on from such an experience, it had ignited a fire in me to fight for the rights of others. Now that I am older, I have a strong belief that everyone deserves to be treated equally and respected regardless of their background.
    I want to live in a world where women’s body is not governed by other individuals who do not know what it means to be a woman. To live in a world where healthcare is not a privilege, but rather a right. Where a child may go to school and earn a proper education without being stopped. In a world where same-sex couples are not denied the right to love.
    However, in order to achieve such a goal, it all starts with you…yourself. I am a strong believer in education and I believe that we should be educating others on matters that matter to us without suffocating others. “Educate and don’t suffocate”. The strongest weapon at your disposal is knowledge. Staying woke. Keeping yourself updated on current issues and stand up for what you believe in. And that’s why I believe in equality.

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  6. As a society we recognize the importance of equality, but sometimes fall short of its meaning. People put labels on everything whether it’s skin color, religion, even the company you keep. In the last century we have made great progress on all fronts of equality. We’ve allowed millions of people to live freely regardless of any label placed on them. In America today any citizen over the age of 18 has an equal say in his or her own government. So, why do issues of inequality and injustice still take place every day?
    The problem is that we choose to acknowledge these labels even exist. When skin color, gender, sexuality, etc. is combined with stereotypical thinking, then equality has no place to exist. In order for people to move onto a time where an equal opportunity is given to every human being, I think we have to understand as a whole that we are all true citizens of one place and that is earth. Once this becomes an understanding on a global scale, people can begin to accept one another for the content of their character rather than the label placed on them by society.
    If more people saw things in this light, there would be less reason for conflict and controversy today. However just because we are equal, doesn’t mean we are the same. Our differences are what make us unique, and they shouldn’t make us any less or more deserving of equality.

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    • Wow! This is wonderful! It is such a radical and inspirational thought that everyone should just be acknowledged as citizens of the same society and world rather than by separate labels. Furthermore, I completely agree that while everyone should be equal, that our differences and individuality is just as important!

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    • I agree 100%. In order for our society to fully understand equality we must stop labeling people. We are all pink inside, we all cry with tears, and we all love with hearts. I for one believe that everyone should be equal no matter what.

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    • This is a perfect representation of what I think equality should be like in the whole world, we are all unique but should not be considered at a lower standard as another human being

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    • I completely agree with your statement that we as a society have put labels on just about every person’s characteristics. It’s okay to be characterized based on certain categories though because they help define who you are a person. They create individuality but its these stereotypes about certain labels that evoke negative connotations. When we choose to acknowledge these stereotypes that is when we loose equality. I fully support your final statement saying our differences are what make us unique. We should celebrate these differences, not demean them.

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    • This is exactly what we should be teaching children, so the generations after us will understand that we have no choice of what our skin color is, our sex, or even our sexual preference. Helping more people realize this is essential for us to grow and make a change.

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  7. Pt. 2
    These are the values that I consider most important. I think the reason is, I have seen the best some of the demonstrations of equality, and other times what I thought to be the worst of it. Whether it was school, sports or anything outside Ive always been around people who see others as equals.
    Considering these ideas, equality, for me is the value that I believe is important to live by.

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  8. I believe in equality. I believe that all human beings should be treated the same. I believe that the color of our skin, where we are from, and our beliefs should not define who we are. Our character, our personality, and the way we interact with each other should define who we are. There are innocent people who aren’t given the right to come into America because of where they are from. America has failed to realize that not everyone is bad and that it is wrong to categorize people, especially over things they have no control over. Is it fair that innocent people aren’t given the right to live happily because of mistakes people in their country have made? Human beings should be treated with an equal amount of respect, no matter where they are from. How is it that African Americans to this day have a lesser chance of finding a well-paying job than a white person? The Civil Rights Act passed in 1964 but to this day, we are still living with discrimination. We can try to ignore it, but it’s there. The sad truth is, America is broken. Nothing will change if we don’t make a change. We can have the riots and the marches, but in the end, discrimination still exists. I believe that it doesn’t matter where you are from, the color of your skin, the size of your body, or what you believe. We are humans and should be treated like humans.

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    • Very true. Someone elses mistakes shouldnt determine your future. We are all different and the same at the same time. Right now might be a difficult time to accept change, but lets hope people can realize that love always overpowers hate.

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    • I agree to the fullest extent with your statement about having riots will not change anything. We can call out all the injustice we see in todays world but the fact of the matter is its only going to cause more hate. I believe the only true way to bring equality is focus more on how we are brought up. Nobody is born to hate another person, it’s something that is learned through daily teachings a beliefs. Now, we may not be able to control what is taught in the household but we can control what is taught in schools. Unfortunately, racism and inequality isn’t some tangible thing we can get rid of simply. It’s an ideology so to contract this we must put in new teachings. Teach the youth to love one another based on our differences and now hate.

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  9. Since virtually all of us in the United States have roots elsewhere, I find the all too prevalent “English only” attitude extremely disturbing because it so clearly mirrors anti-immigrant sentiment. At a small grocery store where I work, many of the employees come from El Salvador and speak limited English. Customers often express their frustration to me about not being able to understand their English and criticize them for not making a better effort to “be American.” This outright ignorance astounds me, especially since most of our ancestors spoke no English at all and were left to flounder through school and the workforce. I empathize with immigrants today mainly because my own great-grandparents likely struggled to feel welcomed as well when they came to Massachusetts from Italy, considering the prejudice, name-calling, and often hurtful representations of Italian culture in the media they had to endure. The only difference between their families and mine in the grand scheme of things is that mine arrived here first. I consider my own family no more American than my El Salvadorian co-workers who put in countless hours at work to make a better life for their families, yet unfortunately have to face scrutiny and rejection in the country we all call home. The vast diversity of people and their experiences is what makes American society so rich and unique. It is high time to end the scapegoating of hardworking immigrants and the stigma of foreign languages and cultures that is far too prevalent throughout the country.

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    • love this, immigrants help a lot in works that need to be filled up, they not only bring diversity to United States of America but they bring their culture with them and help bring happiness. I myself am and immigrant and I am glad that this country has given me the opportunities it has but I do not believe I should be treated different because of who I am and where I’m from because everyone is reaching for a goal in life and everyone should support each other.

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  10. Equality grows stronger as humanity struggles endlessly forward, inviting in more and more different ways of life. To encounter new ideals of course are always tough experiences as new concepts often contradict the law of the old. Individuals decide what groups seem appropriate to our tastes then isolate the rest. Those who are left behind must fight for their way in. Success is inevitable but progress is often contested. This is because of the cycle of oppression that exists in our world. Those who feel threatened by others attack subgroups of humanity in order to secure themselves. They attack an easy target to avoid facing the thing that truly did them wrong and refuse to face the fear that is exploring a way of life so alien to them. I have come to the conclusion that being kind and doing what is right is not always easy. The right choice is not always obvious and diverting the pain onto others is often tempting. The reason we have yet to reach the apex of equality is because hatred has plenty of vulnerable victims at its disposal to deter us. In my eye’s equality’s end goal is to find a way to accommodate for all ways of life which is an end I cannot see or begin to comprehend but I know every day that someone makes the choice not to pass the hate they receive down to another we get closer.

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  11. You know being black isn’t a fad, it’s a culture, but to me being black is about being strong. Black people have made many contributions to the world every day. So, how come they are not being recognized? Every day when I’m at school I always hear about inventions and contributions about what George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, George Bush, and Abraham Lincoln did. I know that’s important for us to learn but I don’t think we should learn about every year. How come I can never learn about what Malcolm X, Madam C.J Walker, Bessie Coleman, or even Colin Powell did? So, I’m writing this essay because my beliefs are that Racial Equality should be accepted.
    I’m an African-American that has to deal with this type of treatment just about every day. It’s hurtful to know that everywhere I go I have to be watched because of my skin color. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my culture, and I’m sure that every other culture loves their race. But in the household that I’m growing up in I have to respect other cultures. That’s why I always wonder how come the world isn’t like my household? If it was then I think it would be a bit better then the world is now. But still, every day as I walk down the street of if I go to the store or even to a fancy restaurant, I’m being looked at. And to me, that’s just sad. It’s sad because whoever feels they have to watch every black person that crosses paths with them must not have anything to do with their life or time.

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  12. In life , society transitions the human mind of ” competition ” from sports to our everyday life . The human race competes with others through Social class , love and etc . we seem to miss the opportunity of equality because humans embed in their mindsets of ” life being a competiton ” is the main reason why some cultures are turned against eachother . African americans are a great example of equality because as soon as uncle tom became apart of the goverment he forsake on them because he wanted to feel he on top of his own . My opinions of equality is more open because i feel that society shall not judge of what people materilaistically have. I feel that society shall be looked deeper than the roots of all evil .Those who are at the climax of wealth in their own culture shall be able to help others of their own to reach the same point . For example it’s like crabs in a bucket in the urban , one crab reaches the brim of getting out the urban but once a crab gets out the bucket also another spieces will always try to put them back so nobody can get ahead . i feel this is todays society in black culture , nobody willing help out but is willing to recieve and i think truthfully thats the wrong way of equality

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  13. I believe that Black lives truly matter! I believe the lives of all POC matter! I believe that those fighting for the rights of those that are being subject to persecution and intolerance driven by hate matter. POC face a war internally, within this country and outside of it ever day. A quote that resonates deeply in me by Martin Luther King Jr reads “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”. That quote speaks wonders on what is being done around us whether you are subject to it personally or have seen it; Racism/bigotry/ and ignorance all are driving factors in how the world has continued to treat people of color. Now i ask you to think how i think. Step into my shoes, the shoes of an 18 year old black girl treated with those exact standards just do to the fact of something i have no say in and no intentions of altering; my skin color. This world has created genocides on the backs of those who have been placed in that same position with no say on what their race/ skin color/ background/ or religion were all things that determined a fate many could never imagine. To stop the past from becoming our present even more than it already has i ask those that have this hate to educate yourselves. Open your minds to the thought of other ways to practice faith. Understand that their is no superior race. Their is no dominant skin color. Also know this silence and neutrality in times of injustice means you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

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  14. Throughout my life I’ve heard a multitude of stories regarding inequality among races. It started with the lessons in history classes which seemed hard to believe because who knew that people could be treated so differently just because of the color of their skin. Since these history lessons took place so long ago, I began to think that we must’ve come a long way since those days. But right when I started having hope, it got lost when I started being treated as if I wasn’t good enough because I am black. I began doubting myself and thinking maybe my skin does make me less important. But then my eyes were opened as many others recorded their stories of not being treated equally and this became a common thing to see on the news. At this point I was ready to make a change. My parents always told me to treat people the way I want to be treated, so why can’t others understand that? Underneath these layers of skin lies relatively the same anatomical setup in every human being, so why does color matter? Why is that all people see? Everyone was created equal in this world and as a young black woman in this time period it frightens me that people cannot see the value of equality. I was raised to see people for who they are on the inside rather than the outside and I plan cherishing this value for the rest of my life.

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  15. I believe in a world where being a feminist is seen as the ‘normal’ thing. Feminism is not a bad word and despite the taboo surrounding it, it is a movement of positivity. Yes, there are some people who take it too far and, in doing so, give it a bad reputation, but those few don’t represent the whole movement. Feminism, by definition, is the economic, social, and political equality of men and women. What is so difficult to understand about that? The Women’s March back in March sparked a lot of conversation about the equality of men and women. It brought to light many things that people don’t see in their everyday lives. And it’s not just in the United States. There are so many countries around the world that see women as the inferior sex. But it goes both ways. It is not just men having stereotypes against women. There are plenty of stereotypes that people have against men as well. Men don’t have to be ‘strong’ all the time and they can cry every once in a while just like women don’t have to be stay-at-home moms. In order for there to truly be equality, men and women must work together.

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    • I agree full-heartedly! The triumph over sexism can only take place if men and women come together. The stigmas we give to women and men can be harmful to all aspects of people’s lives. And in the international community women can be treated less than dirt. Very good points.

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    • I totally agree with you. I believe that as a whole community, men and woman, alike can make a huge difference when it comes to equality. We all have to put our differences aside and work as a united group of humans, rather then separating ourselves by appearances like gender, or race. We need to realize that a person’s gender or race does not affect their abilities in anyway.

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    • I relate to this post a lot. On social media feminism are seen as the worst people and even in real life when all women really want is equality , equal pay and equal rights. there might be a law that shows there has to be equality in work forces when in real life men get paid more than women when they both have the same education, this should be recognized and fix.Excellent message your sending.

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  16. I believe in the importance and seriousness of true equality and tolerance for everyone. No matter their race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or anything else that makes us different. I believe that everyone walking on this planet deserves to be treated with the same amount of dignity and respect as any other human. The amount of discrimination and intolerance shown within our past should have taught people today that equality is the way to go. Why should I be treated differently compared to a man? Why should I be treated differently compared to someone with a different religion? Why should I be treated differently compared to someone who has a different sexual orientation? These differences do not need to be ignored but need to be celebrated and accepted. We also need to recognize that even in 2017 there is still obvious inequality and intolerance, and that we need to fight for everyone to be treated equally for the sake of humanity and peace. Fight for BLM. Fight for feminism. Fight for the LGBTQIA community. Fight to end discrimination against people who practice different faiths. I have been involved in activism for the past three years because of a class I took in high school called EARD. EARD stands for exploring and respecting differences. I believe that intolerance stems from the lack of education and that everyone should be required to take a class like EARD. It is important for the understanding of the continued intolerance around the world. It is also important that everyone learns ways to help spread a new wave of equality for every human around the world.

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  17. What happened in Virginia this past weekend is completely and utterly sickening. The people of this country have been fighting for equal rights since day one, even the puritans that came and discovered America to escape religious persecution form Great Britain and the Church of England. Similarly Roger William who was a Quaker fled Massachusetts from the persecution of the puritans. Fast forward two centuries, in the 1960’s both people of color and woman were fighting for equal rights. For woman it started back in the 1920’s when they received their first step to acquiring equality. In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation was unconstitutional. This was the first step for people of color to receive equal rights. In 1965 another milestone was achieved, the United States Congress granted all African Americans the right to vote. In more recent years though the group that has brought up the most change and controversy is the LGBTQ community, who on June 25TH of 2015 achieved equal rights for marriage in all 50 states Although many people see it as we have achieved equality, with our new president he has rumbled up some of the silent minorities, the white supremacy groups, the Neo-Nazi’s and other hate groups trying to fight for a cause that is utterly disgusting and syndical. They are protesting for a change, a change that will never happen and the right minded people of America will not allow our friends, co-workers, husbands/wives to be based on and hated, not without a fight.

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  18. Why My Skin Looks like Dirt
    I’ve been told my skin looks like dirt. It is a brown color that looks like the dirt and sand on the stepped-on sidewalks. The vile muddy dirt is what a part of me has I’ve describes as. Too much melanin to be appealing? Why when you have white skin it resembles the color of a pearl or precious ivory, but my skin resembles dirt?
    In current society, it is easy to see the problems with racial prejudice and injustices. Though these problems aren’t apparent recently for some, for me they have been shockingly visible since my childhood. From a young age I noticed darker skin means less opportunities and more harsh judgements. I have vivid and upsetting images of my family and I being treated differently solely because the color of our skin.
    I recall being young, maybe 7 or 8, in the store with my dark-skinned father. A store employee walked behind us the whole time we were shopping, obviously trying to make sure he didn’t steal. People have always been trying to justify this kind of malicious behavior towards black people by saying that they dress too ‘gangster’ and look suspicious. This notion, in my and many situations, is ridiculous since my father is the kind of man who dresses in dress pants and a bright Polo shirts. The racial problem in this country is being overlooked because people try to justify their preconceived notions and prejudices by blaming way black people dress or walk. Many people who have not, and most likely will never, experience negative judgment based on their skin color immediately dismiss the problem as black people looking for something to complain about. That is completely absurd and I know this well since this problem persists in my life. They likely don’t know what it’s like to be scared to death when their brothers aren’t home on time, fearing that a corrupt officer stopped them. On a summer night, one of my brothers went to go play basketball with friends and promised he would be home before it got too late. It was past 11 and my parents and I stared at the clock fearing what could have happened to him. My oldest brother was not even allowed to go look for him because we were so afraid of what might of happened to him as well. Why? Simply because he was a black male walking down the street at night and to many, that’s enough to be guilty.
    Back when I was in elementary school, students with lighter skin than me would constantly ask “why does your skin look like dirt?” Maybe it was children being curious rather than malicious but to me that question was haunting, even now. Instead of embracing the differences and loving people regardless of what they looked like, I was ridiculed and treated differently because of my brown skin. I was often asked “why do you talk white?” Implying that white means eloquent and educated and black speech meant ghetto and hood. This racial problem has been disturbingly apparent since I was young and instead of ignoring it, there can be a solution. The school system and parents need to educate all children about the differences in skin color that makes us diverse and not lesser. I believe in joining organizations that educate and fight for equality. The next generation has to strive to accept people of all colors and I want to live in a country where diversity and celebrated and equality is the norm. This process could take a while but would benefit everyone and less little black children would be asked why their skin looks like dirt.

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  19. I believe in fighting for racial equality. This has been a fight for many, many years. Lately, though, it seems like society is regressing. The song Changes by Tupac was recorded in 1992, (not released until 1998). As Tupac said in the song, “I see no changes wake up in the morning and I ask myself/ Is life worth living should I blast myself? / I’m tired of bein’ poor and even worse I’m black/
    My stomach hurts so I’m lookin’ for a purse to snatch/ Cops give a damn about a negro/ Pull the trigger kill a n***a he’s a hero.” The song was recorded 25 years ago, but the message is still valid today, considering white supremacy is still clearly in Charlottesville. In the song N.Y. State of Mind Part 2, Nas says, “See the sergeant and the captain — strangle men/ N***az gaspin for air; til they move no more and just stare/ with dead eyes” These lyrics are also still true today with the tragic stories of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and Sean Bell. There wouldn’t be these awful stories if police violence/racism were not still prominent in today’s world. Some people try to deny the fact that there is still racism in the world but like Tupac said in his song Trapped, “Why did ya lie to me? / I couldn’t find a trace of equality.” No one should feel neglected of their basic human rights, so I believe in fighting for racial equality.

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  20. I am a firm believer of equality. I feel like the world needs more equality. I was raised to respect everyone no matter their race, sexuality, beliefs, sex, age, and social status. Everyone deserves to be treated fairly and be respected for who they are. It is sad that human beings get profiled and judged for being themselves in the world we live in. The problem comes from ignorance and arrogance. I will admit that I am not a perfect person because we all make mistakes. Who am I to judge another without learning their story? If people could learn from mistakes and understand we don’t know where others come from then the world would slowly become more equal. If we can settle our differences and come together as one, anything is possible. No voice should go unheard, and all lives need to matter for us to have a brighter future.

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  21. Equality is a right, not something that should be earned, yet in the world we live in today that’s exactly what it is. Yes, times have changed yet discrimination is very much still apart of our world, especially when it comes to people of color.
    Being a woman of color and growing up in a city made up of minorities, I never experienced discrimination personally until my senior year of high school, where I did an internship at a local nursing home and a woman denied my help since my skin was too dark for her liking. This being the first time I had any issue simply do to the color of my skin I was appalled, I had no idea what to do or how to feel. I had always heard about acts of discrimination yet it had never personally applied to me. After seeing further acts of discrimination occurring in the world around me, I became outraged. Nobody should be treated differently based on the color of their skin, or on how they choose to identify themselves, or who they choose to love. No one has the right to believe that they are better than others simply based on their income or where they live. Everyone is born the same, we are all created the same.
    I believe that we should live in a world where everyone is treated equal, with the same amount of respect, nobody deserves to feel like they are less than what they are. Nobody should have to feel as if they have to keep a low profile or act differently in order to avoid acts of discrimination.

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  22. Are rights to equality determined through race or an uncontrollable factor? Equality is the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. One of the major issues that we still deal with in this country is the topic of race equality. Even though laws have been passed to grant people of all races and ethnic backgrounds an equal standing in society, I feel as though complete equality is hard to achieve because of the mindsets of humans. We have taught ourselves to ostracize certain people based on the color of their skin. I have been lucky enough to stay “woke” enough to know that race is a social construct and that we are all the same. Unfortunately, not everyone has the same mindset that I do, which makes it extremely hard for all of us to arrive to a uniform conclusion. The recent race wars going in Charlottesville prove that we as a society have not improved or progressed in any way. So this begs the question of how we can all come together as one to eliminate and eradicate racial tension. I think that if everyone takes the time out of their day to educate themselves about current events and what has happened in the past, ignorance will be substantially reduced and we will all know when history is about to repeat itself, so as to prevent it before any further damage is done. Not only should we focus on racial inequality. We should also work on diminishing gender inequality, pay inequality, etc. Along with racial issues, women in America have been subjected to living in a patriarchal society where they are seen as inferior to men. All of these social issues not only affect productivity but also positivity; and whether it be in rights, power, portions, or more are all essential to a moral being.

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  23. It is commonly said, “There are some things that money can’t buy like manners, morals, and integrity.” I believe that no matter what kind of lifestyle you live and how you act towards others shows the type of person you truly are. Having a good education or a nice car should never give you the right to treat others poorly.
    I began a private school education in high school, for middle school I went to a charter school. My middle school, McAuliffe, was a mixed bag of economic backgrounds. One child was aware that her family was more economically stable than others and she would boast on and on about how she could afford things. When someone was not able to afford the newest clothes or gadgets she would tease them. She was able to afford anything she could ever want, but constantly had to remind every other child that she knew she was better than them.
    The definition of integrity is “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.” The amount of integrity each person has sets people apart. Having morals that you stick to even if there are people doubting you is important. The culture I grew up in taught me to have good morals, my mother made sure I knew the difference between people with good morals and ones with bad. She always told me the people that had bad morals were lost and that all they would do for me is get me lost as well. Honesty is a pillar in my trust of anyone, if I am not able to believe a person is being honest I will not be able to trust them. Michelle Obama once said, “We learned about honesty and integrity- that the truth matters… that you don’t take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules… and success doesn’t count unless you earn it fair and square.” I believe people who are not honest or people who lie and find shortcuts through life are not people anyone should surround themselves with. I believe that honest people are good quality people.
    I believe that your actions and the way you treat others will define who you are as a person. Not how much money you have, where you go to school, how popular you are, or the grades you get. What defines you is how you treat people and being honest and having good righteous morals and good intentions. I believe that having strong morals are important, I believe that you should base your opinion of someone on how they act not what they have. I believe that money does not give you the right to treat people poorly. Just as I teach the children at Boys and Girls Club, the golden rule; treat others the way you want to be treated. I believe we should all live up to this one simple moral code.

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  24. I believe in equality because even though people all over the world are gaining new rights, there are still basic ones that still need to be fought for. Many still face setbacks based on gender, the person who they love, skin color, and religion, and I believe that everyone should be entitled to the same equal opportunities no matter what.
    When I was younger, I was often encouraged by my family to achieve anything I put my mind to, where the word feminist wasn’t a tainted word. I was surprised as I got older to have learned that people all over the world didn’t have the same opportunities I did, that not everyone had the right to education. That women were still looked at as only being wives and child bearers, and men still considered the greater gender. People shouldn’t judge on how others look, but should instead focus more so on the characteristics and personality they have to offer. I believe that equality is key to making sure everyone feels valued for who they are, and that no one feels less depending on the way they were born. Society often sets standards that are impossible, and by changing and breaking social barriers, this gives people who are affected a chance to reach goals that were once thought to be impossible. These standards often hurt everyone by creating stereotypes on race, religion, and LGBTQ community which fuels the divide in this country. I believe that while also fighting these social injustices occurring in the world and in this country, we should also be working together to educate people and value others as equals.

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    • This is extremely well written Sarah. I appreciate the fact that you focused on children that lived in poverty that didn’t have the chances and opportunities that others had, while also focusing on people that did have the chances and opportunities but had trouble because of their race and/or gender.

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  25. Equality by definition is, “The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.” But what does this mean exactly? To me, equality means accepting each others differences and most importantly our identities. Our differences are what make life so interesting and explorable. It’s what makes meeting new people so exciting. Getting to dig into a persons beliefs, question their stances on certain topics, agree with them on others. I get to explore their background, how they grew up and how this shapes who they are today. And while taking all of this in, I realize that this is what makes life truly amazing. Connecting with one another. Appreciating our different view points whether it be on life, politics, religion. And to understand that no matter how much we agree or disagree on, we are still equal. A great representative of someone who day in and day out fights for Equality is Barack Obama. Never have I seen someone with as much power as he had, as the 44th president of the United States, push for equality so strongly. From passing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law in October 2009, which helps protect against attacks on perceived sexual orientation or gender identity, to passing new equal pay rules. An example of a new equal pay rule would be early in 2016 companies with 100 employees or more are now required to release pay data broken down by race and gender to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. It is fascinating to see how far we have come in this country in eight years. To sum things up, what is most important to me is equality. Equality’s meaning to me is the act of noticing differences between others and to accept them. To not judge someones identity but to acknowledge it. To treat every body the same.

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  26. I believe in treating people with kindness and respect. I always greet people in the same manner no matter if they are rich or poor, a dishwasher or a CEO, etc. I treat them equally because we are all equal. I find that growing up with diversity has made me the person that I am today and I am extremely thankful for it. When people see that you are just very respectful and kind to every person you meet it makes them want to do the same. Recently our government has made a lot of terrible decisions and Donald Trump has made people in America think that its okay to be hateful, so I believe that right now kindness is very important to us as a country.

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  27. I believe all human beings of this earth should all be treated and respected as equals, because no person should be above another based on religion, gender, skin color or etc. Though the world has advanced in regards to human health, and modern technologies, there is definitely still a defined imbalance in human equality. As a young black female there are many external pressures that force me to outdo, or over impress in order to even be considered as an equal. There is an invisible boost line in a race of life for those that are in the dominant race, religion, and gender, and for those that do not fit into these rigid boxes unfortunately are set up with more obstacles. Such things include being underpaid due to gender, or being excluded or rejected from jobs, opportunities, and even basic human rights based off of a differentiation. Being bullied and mistreated for being who one was born as, and can not change, and should not change. One thing I am grateful for is my skin color and culture, its joy and purity, and authenticity is sacred, and I would never trade it for anything in this world. I hope that one day the world can appreciate and see the beauty in difference, in a person that represents something else, in a person that lives life opposite to another’s, in a person who is simply DIFFERENT. Issues buried from the past have all re-occurred because of inability to eliminate it head on without denying history, in order to move on from this unhealthy society is to first bring awareness, and tackle it without hesitation. I believe that in equality.

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  28. I have a dream that one day this nation will mold into the foundations and core values that this nation claims it was built on. I have a dream that one day people will stop looking into the depths of other people’s skin colors, trying to fortune what they should become in this world based on their race, and focus mainly on themselves and little on what is around them. I have a dream that one day children will no longer have to worry about things that they shouldn’t have to yet worry about a decade earlier, corresponding to the true hardships at life, such as unpaid bills, not having enough money, or just not having enough period. I have a dream that one day children will be taught not only the fundamentals of confidence but the uttermost hubris in their abilities to do whatever it is they want to do. I have a dream that patriarchy will demolish itself, along with men seeing the eminence of feminism as women recognize the immensity of masculinity. I have a dream that one day everyone will be genuinely gain enough humility to understand their differences from one another, but remain rational enough to their own individual worth. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day social mobility will no longer exist because everyone will recognize the distinguished beauty in everyone else along with everyone’s enigma that will factor into the greatness to the world as a whole. I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day countries from all over the world will become tolerant of loving of every different culture they happen to become involved with. I have a dream that one day peace will be a method reviewed before violence has to become the only clear option. This is my hope and my faith. With this faith, we will be able to become better versions of ourselves, that will mitigate the unnecessary issues that we face as a nation. This will be the day when we become different shades, different sizes, different ideas and different creations but still become a beautiful united one. This is my dream my hope and my faith. I have a dream.

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    • I agree with you 100%, one day we will overcome all of our hardships and come together as one. We won’t have to worry about the ignorance of others due to skin color or culture. We need to come together and change the world for the better.

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  29. I believe in racial equality. As rather acquiescent members of society, we obtain much of our culture from the media. The media, a source of dependency in the eyes of the credulous among society’s pot of the hungry. Placing emphasis on the ideals of materialism and endorsing the many stereotypes that follow, television especially utilizes manipulation of a culture. Social media is especially guilty in instilling a foundation built upon eminence. Adversely affected by the media is the African American community. From the lack of presence in the media to the publicized negative perception of blacks, culturally, the African American community has been involuntarily molded and shaped.

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  30. I believe in racial equality and i would stand and fight for it until I’m blue in the face. What makes one race better than another? Absolutely nothing! And the fact that some races think they are superior enough to determine who is worth more puts me beside myself. Although we are so different, I feel like people often forget how similar we are as well. We all bleed blood. We all need food and water to survive. We all need clothes and shelter. We all have likes and dislikes. With this being said, there are no two people in this world who are exactly alike in every way and that is more than okay. I believe one day we have the potential as a whole to be able to accept each others differences, but as of today I believe we have a lot of work to do as a nation. However, we have come a long way, too. I believe we all have the right to equal opportunities regardless of the color of your skin because what exactly does that determine? We have gone from having black males as slaves to having a black president and that absolutely speaks volumes in my eyes. I believe it can even get better.

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  31. Equality is the state of being equal, especially in terms of status, rights and opportunities. Equality is a fundamental human right. In our current world equality doesn’t exist. This is due to hatred, fascism, racism, sexism homophobia and neo-nazism. I believe this is because people are born thinking they belong with the tight knit group of people they’re born and raised with. I think the key to equality is to be exposed to diversity at a younger age so people realize growing up that we only belong to one group, humans. Were all the same and deserve to be treated equal, because we are equal.

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  32. The United States is a land of opportunity, where anyone can achieve the american dream. People all around the world come to the United States to believe what they want to believe in without getting patronized. Which sums up to be equality. Even people who have done things in the past can redeem themselves to society. For example Michael Vick went to jail for his affiliation in a dog fighting scandal. He lost all the things he achieved in the NFL because of a mistake that he owned up to. He served his time in jail and learned from his mistakes. He is now one of the most influential athletes he shares his story to the youth, and is affiliated with many animal cruelty preventions charities. Everybody is equal even the people who have made mistakes in the past, what I believe in is second chances.
    Growing up in the town of Sturbridge, Massachusetts I was involved in a situation where my friend was a bully to one of my peers. I knew about the situation the whole time but I did not do anything, because I felt like fitting in with a friend group, who are predominantly nice people, except the one bully. He tormented the victim for a whole school year and all I did was watch until one day, where I stood up and confronted my friend who was being a bully, In front of the victim and the group of friends I was hanging out with. The bully was shocked i stood up for the victim and did not talk to me after. But the victim told me that he forgave me, even though I was not bullying him I felt the guilt of being a bystander that didn’t do anything. But when I earned his forgiveness that guilt vanished. We became real good friends after that incident.

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    • People should never be categorized by how they look or what they believe in. I think it is great how you stood up for your views.

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  33. Equality, means being equal especially in status, rights, and opportunities. In the LGBTQ+ community equality is something they weren’t guaranteed, but why when we are all human beings that deserve the basic human rights. The amount of discrimination that goes on today with the LGBTQ+ , black lives matter, feminism, and even more, what we should be doing is uniting and working together. Growing up in my family I never thought differently of someone who was attracted to the same gender, with uncles and cousins that were openly a part of the LGBTQ+ community I learned at an early age that it wasn’t something out of the ordinary. Being in a society where social media spreads awareness all over the globe is a blessing and a curse, because depending on the person’s views they can spread love and/or hate. We have this technology at our fingertips yet some use it to judge and be negative to those who are… different? It should be a safe place for us to express our interests without being scared to be attacked. Being a supporter of this community isn’t something we should debate. We shouldn’t be afraid to support our peers because they look or like different things. We are all living the one life we are given, why lie to yourself or the people around you? Why spread negativity to people that have no control of the little things that don’t matter. Love is Love no matter the gender no matter the skin color.

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