American history is replete with popular movements seeking freedoms they see as "guaranteed" by the declaration that set our country apart by announcing the inalienable rights of: "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

When women pursued the right to vote, many said that such a move would be the downfall of society. A similar chorus of objections was heard when black people challenged the accepted norms of society in their pursuit of civil rights. Most would in hindsight say that our country has been strengthened by the changes brought by these movements.

A study of our history also shows that movements for equality require much time and persistence if they are to prevail. As an 18-year-old, I am content to watch the current struggle for rights prevail over time, knowing that in America, hatred and prejudice against any group do not endure.

Michael Baker

Salt Lake City