Essay on Inequality in the Legal System of the United States

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In the United States, true equality has never existed. From the Declaration of Independence to modern times, the U.S. legal system has failed in any attempt at equality. The ideology of "all [men] are equal but some [men] are more equal than others" has been present throughout the history of the U.S. (Orwell). Inequality has always existed in the United States legal system and continues to exist today; however, the inequality presently in the system is not as blatant as what it once was, but the system has come to depend on inequality. Since the very beginning of a legal system in the United States, there has been inequality.

The Declaration of Independence declared that "…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their
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The First Amendment right to freedom of speech is probably the most challenged in today’s society. With the "Information Age" upon us, the right to free speech has been seeking out its limits and future potential.

Because of the extent of free speech and peoples use of it to speak out against the government, there is inequality currently in the system. People who use their voices against the system are often caused a great deal of legal troubles while those that use their voices to support the system are free to do so at will. To return to America’s early history of inequality, one must look at the black codes. The black codes are defined as "laws [that] were designed to replace the social controls of that had been removed by the Emancipation Proclamation and the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution [(1865)], and were thus intended to assure continuance of white supremacy" ("black codes"). The Grandfather Clause and Jim Crow Laws were all part of the black codes of the South. "[The Grandfather Clause]…provided that those who had enjoyed the right to vote prior to 1866 or 1867, or their lineal descendants, would be exempt from educational, property, or tax requirements for voting…[T]hese clauses worked effectively to exclude blacks from the vote but assured the franchise to many impoverished and illiterate whites" ("Grandfather Clause").

Jim Crow Laws were "any of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the U.S. South between

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