UPDATED June 17th, 2017
More than 50 years after landmark civil rights legislation and countless sacrifices have made equal rights the law, we should be a nation of non-discrimination. The U.S. elected a black president, gay marriage is legal in 19 states, and the NFL drafted its first openly gay player. Despite these achievements, there are still far too many examples of discrimination and thoughtless acts that make us wonder what we’ve really learned.
The late Nelson Mandela wrote: No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. Is it possible that we can learn to treat everyone equally? Consider the following examples of discrimination and decide for yourself if, or how much, we’ve evolved.