The Sides of Freedom
Freedom is not a privilege but a right that each one of us deserves and must have. It is the right to be who you are and to exercise all the things which you think you can do noted that it is good and it will do good to the whole community or perhaps to the whole nation. Throughout the years, freedom has been a subject, a right that most people ought to fight for in order for the majority to live peacefully and with no hindrances in their daily lives, hence, battle for freedom has been a focus which took most of people’s time and some live down in graves. Thomas Jefferson’s “Declaration of Independence” spoke of the rights of the Americans to be free and their withdrawal to the British colonizers while Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” spoke of the rights of Black Americans as human beings and as Americans. The two speeches both talked about freedom and yet freedom seem to have different meanings and depends on the interpretation of the people, hence, the two leaders opened the difference of freedom which they both see as a means of putting America in order.
It did not occur in the same time but the issue of slavery which involves Black Americans was not the issue that Thomas Jefferson raises but the freedom of America as a country. On the other hand, what King was talking about is the freedom of Black Americans from the uneven treatment of White Americans. However, the two knows that the both seek for freedom only that it is in different ways. As they both continue their struggle to win freedom, they both understand that there is a great risk for everything that they will be doing but is willing to risk if it will benefit a greater number of people.
Thomas Jefferson said: “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” (Jefferson, 795). He truly understands that if freedom will be achieved, happiness will soon follow and there will be liberty for all. And yet this is not the only thing that should matter, if the country will be of peace, then surely there is order but how can there be order if between colors of skin a feud arises? This is the case which somehow made Jefferson’s vie on freedom questionable.
Black Americans throughout the years had been victims of unjust treatment and inequality. They had been subject to people’s disapproval of their color and caused them so many pains and problems. In present, there are no problems anymore when it comes to color and biases are not subject of hated any longer which only means that the long tern battle of equality and freedom fought for by several black American, including those white people who sympathizes on them met its grateful ending and glory. Hence, this only means that the fight for freedom if fought together will not be hard to achieve.
Both of the leaders see freedom as something that must be given to people, however, they see it in a different way. Jefferson understands that withdrawing support to the colonizers will make the country free while King knows that in order for the country to be free, the people themselves must be free also which will secure their safety from injuries and usurpations. King said:
It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are equal.”… I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.(King, 205)
In the existence of slavery and black American haters, freedom is not fully achieved which stresses out King’ point that being free is being free from judgment of people regarding color. This is the freedom that must be started and national freedom will soon be easy to achieve together with order and peacefulness.
Jefferson Thomas. Declaration of Independence. 794-797
King, Martin Luther Jr. I Have a Dream. 203-206