The absence of deprivation is not a boon. It seems that for half a century we have been hiring public servants who do not know the difference between “provide” and “deprive.”
So, when a segment of the population objected to being deprived, these ignoramuses responded by depriving everyone more or less. Equality is not a solution. Neither, for that matter, is quality. The Constitutional requirement that agents of government dispense equal service makes sense because agents are supposed to be responsive to demands for service including justice.
That they would engage in the deprivation of rights or sustenance was not part of the agenda. Ironically, the Confederacy, which was dedicated to the legal deprivation of rights was defeated on the battlefield and yet deprivation became more entrenched with currency as the entrenching tool.