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Maya Angelou acclaimed poet and author wrote a poem entitled America The poem offers words of truth of our country America The poem begins The gold of her promise has never been mined America promises us that all men are created equal The first problem with the promise is we are not all men The gold of her promise address equality Although it is promised to all in this country its never delivered when discrimination of race and gender are still existent Her borders of justice not clearly defined We all have our feelings on what justice is because circumstances differ when we speak of justice in the terms of punishment to compensate for ones wrong doing Yet the borders of justice are not one size fits all Its a well know fact that our prisons are highly populated with the Black race Its not that the black race commit more crimes but they are more severely punished for the crimes they commit Money is power and its proved often in the courts Those who have money can afford expensive attorneys unlike the common folk This line in the poem also address the fact that justice is for some not all Her crops of abundance the fruit and the grain have not feed the hungry nor eased that deep pain To take this literally our country has a surplus of food that no man woman or child should go hungry yet they do This line not only addresses actual food it address the fact that this is an country is abundant in resources yet these abundant resources of opportunity have not been offered to all Our country has also never acknowledged the error of our ways The people we have hurt and destroyed such as the Native and African Americans Instead with give those in poverty minimal assistance to sustain and oppresses instead of aid to progress Her proud declarations are
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