The title is intentionally misspelled, as it also appears as graffiti in a scene in the film. The misspelled phrase is actually taken from an essay written in 1776 that argued that whites and blacks were created equal. The essay, which was written by , a biracial man living in New England during the Revolution, quoted Thomas Jefferson's well-known sentence from the , but spelled the last word of the sentence with a . The sentence, as it appears in Lemuel's essay, is as follows: "We hold these truths to be self-Evident, that all men are created Equal, that they are Endowed By their Creator with Ceartain  unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happyness."
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