Democratic Ideals of America
Many Americans, if not most, were racist and these people did abandon the democratic ideals if they were this way.
Equality: the state of being equal, especially in status, rights and opportunities.
Equality played a massive role in the problem of racism. Racism basically is inequality and treating people who are different unfairly. “According to our Constitution, people in our country, whether black or white, young or old, male or female, are guaranteed the right to be treated equally and fairly when it comes to politics, the law, or economic issues.”
Diversity: State of being diverse; variety; range of different things
Like equality, diversity played a large role in racism during the nineteenth century. "Variety's the very spice of life that gives it all its flavor." -William Cowper, 1785. The diversity in the nineteenth century was not only between different cultures but also sometimes between women.
Patriotism: Devoted love, support, and defense of one's country; national loyalty.
"My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue." -Unknown Author. When someone is racist they are not supporting their country. They may still love their country but not the people in it. In order to love your country you must love everything about it including the people who live there.