The country is getting ready to celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. Neighborhoods across the country are displaying flags and other memorablia in honor of this important day. Yet, in what would appear to be one of the country's more sophisticated and successful neighborhoods in Phoenix Arizona, it seems as though its leadership is so socially backward that it practices segregation of women and discriminates openly against them by barring them from eating their meals at the "grill" after a game of golf. The New York Times story about this on June 28th describes this practice and also delves into other discriminatory practices that have been taken for granted for so long.
Does the leadership of this upmarket golf club have a seat at the table in a "free and democratic world? With racism and gender discrimination raising their ugly heads in many walks of life how can "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" become a cherished dream for all? And perhaps this club's behavior is just indicative of the mindsets of many other folks and corporations with money, power and social influence, but with an impoversished moral code of conduct.
As America prepares to face a number of global and domestic issues, this year, it is vital to preserve and protect civil liberties by penalizing such actions of segregation. The paradox of such practices coexisting with an unprecedented race for presidency by a black candidate, now supported by a formidable woman candidate is the saving grace.
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