Inalienable rights

Not long ago I was summoned for jury duty.  At first, I ignored the summons because I didn’t want to be bothered.  They finally sent me a jury warning notice telling me to report for duty.  Now I am glad that I went.  The judge pointed out some interesting facts I feel I shall always remember.   She pointed out that we say BLACK LIVES MATTER; however, we have a very negative attitude when it comes down to civic duties such as when it comes to serving on a jury.  In a democracy or government by the people, it is the responsibility of the law to prove that a person is guilty of a crime. However, in other countries, when you are accused of something you must prove that you are innocent.  The judge further stated there are approximately five democratic governments in the world.  I concluded this is probably one of the main reasons so many people try hard to get into this country.  We have personal rights.  This in and of itself is a blessing or benefit of our United States citizenship.  Just what are some of these rights?

What is an unalienable right?  In the Declaration of Independence you will find this statement:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with unalienable rights, that among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS…” The definition for unalienable rights is “rights that cannot be taken away.  Rights that cannot be surrendered or transferred.”  Inalienable rights are” legal rights afforded to everyone.  In the United States they are guaranteed by our Constitution.”   “The absolute rights of individuals may be resolved into the right of personal security, the right of personal liberty, and the right to acquire and enjoy property.”  “These rights are declared to be natural, inherent, and unalienable.”  “The term unalienable rights refer to a theoretical set of human rights that are fundamental, are not awarded by human.”

“Natural rights (moral or unalienable rights) are rights which were not contingent upon the law, customs or beliefs of a particular society or polity.  Natural rights would thus be deemed morally universal.”

Again, I state that the African American Community was denied these rights and privileges that they made available to others by building the foundation of this country through the instrumentality of slavery.  They were labeled as sub-human or property and, therefore, were not entitled to any rights.  Their deprivation is still our deprivation.  Currently, the biggest battle going on in our country among the lawmakers centers around immigration.  Even in our weakened state as a nation, people are still coming here because of the rights and privileges and they are gaining.

I ask again, if the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, wanted to bless us in the African American community in accordance with His promise to Abraham, how would these rights play a major part?  I welcome your comments.


Lucy Payne


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