“…this is not much of a democracy if you ask me. Equal chance to pursue happiness means an equal crack at the dough, don’t it?” This quote by Sugar, the main character’s friend, in Toni Cade Bambara’s “The Lesson” can be interpreted through listening to Barbie’s story, especially when she was talking about not being able to afford heat during the winter. Bambara’s narrative focuses on a learning moment in Sylvia’s life. Barbie discusses her experience of being a single mom living in poverty with two small children to care for. When she told the story of how her daughter still doesn’t know that in the winter, it is supposed to be warm inside, I was stunned. It was that cold in their house. How can this be? It is clearly written in the United States Declaration of Independence that: “…all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” If this is a value upheld by this country’s most treasured document, how and why can this child not know the difference between outside and inside during the winter season? Forget about pursuit of happiness; this is an unalienable right—a right to life. And that right needs to be advocated for those who have no voice in this society. The marginalized, impoverished, and disadvantaged are silenced and ignored. Someone needs to listen to them and someone needs to speak up.
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