America’s greatest challenge has always been living up to the soaring pledge of the Declaration of Independence. When America falls short on this sacred promise of equality, it undermines our national motto e pluribus unum. This July 4th, a pluribus of contributors—black, white, gay, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Americans, natural-born, naturalized, liberal, libertarian, and conservative—reflect on how a renewed commitment to equality, rightly understood, is the basis for national unity.
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- "Black Lives Matter's Silence on a Champion of Racial Equality" by Robert L. Woodson, Sr.
- "What We Celebrate on the Fourth" by Robert Curry
- "Equality Is Messy -- and Magical" by Irshad Manji
- "America's Sovereignty Is Teetering on a Precipice" by Carol M. Swain
- "A Riven USA: Still the Last, Best Hope?" by Dennis Hale
- "Franklin's Admonition" by Roger Kimball
- "An Independence Day Message for African Americans" by Charles Love
- "What Does Our Nation Mean to Us? Rejecting the Culture of Hate" by Daniel J. Mahoney
- "On July 4, Embracing Equality, Rejecting Tribalism" by David Azerrad
- "Equality and the American Dream" by C. Bradley Thompson
- "Great American Minds on 'All Men Are Created Equal'" by Mike Sabo
- "The Greatness of America" by Luis Farias
- "On the Key Ingredient of American Greatness" by Antjuan Seawright
- "Patriots for Ideals, Patriots for Heritage" by Luke Nathan Phillips