9 Images That Reinforce The 'All Men Are Created Equal' Declaration

Our hate for each other may not make it obvious, but the simple fact is all men are created equal.

The world we live in today is a cesspit of wars, and its current state is largely down to our own inability to understand the other side's perspective. Perhaps, the meaning of the famous immortal declaration "all men are created equal" is lost on our generation.

Photographer Mark Laita has addressed this plight of our intolerance and understanding in his photo series, "Created Equal."

This Detroit-based artist juxtaposed people from completely different professions together, with his message that no matter how ideologically different people are, we were all created equal.

Vegetarian / Butcher, 1999 / 2004


College Graduate / High School Dropout


Amish Teenagers / Punk Teenagers


Baptist Minister / Ku Klux Klan


Catholic Nuns / Prostitutes


Marine / War Veteran


Rock Band / Polka Band, 2006 / 2006


Gang Member / Mafioso


Homeless Man / Real Estate Developer

The "Created Equal" series was published in Laita's 2010 book of the same name. About it, he once said: “I photograph what I love about my country, which is the American. By that I mean the individual who is shaped from more than 200 years of liberty and independence mixed with all the successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life. So here is a collection of these creatures. Tragic and wonderful, great and ordinary, they stand proud and ready for scrutiny.”

To view more of Laita's work, you can visit his website or Facebook page.