“There’s an unfinished revolution waiting to be won.”
~ Michelle Alexander
A democratic republic such as ours, is always a work in progress. It is always striving to reach an ideal, but also continually falling short of our noblest truths. The secret we refuse to acknowledge is that ours is an unfinished revolution.
When Thomas Jefferson penned these words in The Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal…”, the reality is that our founding fathers didn’t really believe in the truth of those words. However, the truth of the ideal is in those words, and a democratic republic, if it is to succeed, must always strive for the truth of the ideal. We need prophetic voices, courageous people, and committed movements to make that happen. We need people willing to finish the revolution.
Yes, our Republic is a “Great Experiment,” but that means its history is littered with “Great Disappointment.” It is an unfinished revolution. Racism is evident in the foundational document of our nation, as it vilifies entire people groups by calling them, “… the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.”
As Jefferson penned these words, he obviously didn’t view Native Americans as created equal. Yet the ideal remains. Let the voices raise, calling the United States to strive for its founding ideals, but to abandon its founding and systemic racism. Let us truly be a nation where all people, all genders, all races, all ethnicities, etc….. are created equal. Let’s continue to strive to see our revolution completed! Let this be the generation that finishes the task!