by Brett Stubbs, Highland High School

Tol-er-ance n.: the capacity for or the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs or practices of others. -The American Heritage Dictionary


On July 4, 1776 our Founding Fathers signed their names to the Declaration of Independence envisioning a country that would guarantee basic freedoms to all its citizens.  However, events in American history have not always supported these principles on which our country was founded.


The equality declared in 1776 has been denied men and women of various races and religions at one time or another.  In certain instances lines were drawn between "us" and "them".  Prejudice, discrimination and intolerance often arose from fear, suspicion and anger.  Understanding, respect and tolerance will help us to move towards the realization of a "more perfect union".