A word which draws mixed reactions when heard or observed in any form of communication among Americans. It takes on an especially divisive aura when the word is immersed in topics that reach the realm of US politics. The word is often scorned or considered an impetus for scorn among large swaths of the US populace. Many in our nation either ignore (for convenience) certain principles of equality or they have forgotten principles of the promise of equality seemingly imbued in the minds of those who crafted the US Constitution.
Of course, the Constitutional drafters were careful to avoid promulgation of full equality (under the law) for African slaves and colonial women. Yet, principles of equality hang over the US Constitution like the Sun on a cloudless day. As we complete the metaphor, clouds have shrouded US equality since the signing of the Constitution.
Aside from inequality for women, racial inequality has been integral to the US. Black social and economic inequality and social inequality was for centuries as American as the Star Spangled Banner. Let's take a look and read of a repost from David Ruccio. The piece relates to inequality as a by-product of national segregation by race.