The sides of Civil Rights.


When you hear the words Civil rights what do you think of? For me personally my mind would go right to the struggle that African Americans faced. I would think about the amazing Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Malcom X, and many more that contributed or aided in the process of equal access and rights. My thoughts would be consumed by all the hatred that was given to these specific people simply because they were not white males. But when looking back at this time in history who had gained the most by this experience?

African Americans in my opinion gained the most from the civil rights period. But on the other hand I also believe that they were treated the worst and had the most to overcome.  There were several acts that had effected African Americans. Firstly in 1957 segregation of races was outlawed in schools due to the verdict in the Brown VS The Board of Education. Also in 1957 the Civil Rights Act of 1957 was passed which allowed for Federal prosecution for anyone who tried to prevent someone from voting.

Furthermore, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 made discrimination during employment illegal. This Act also integrated all public restrooms also. There was also the Fair Housing Act of 1968. This Act prevented discrimination based on sex, race, nationality, and or disabilities when moving or finding a new residence. There were a lot of social, mental, emotional, and professional improvements for African Americans from 1950-1970’s.

On the other hand, even though African Americans in my opinion gained the most from this period in history they were not the only ones to have victories. For instance during this time women were being added into the workforce more frequently. Also, by the 1960’s around 80 percent of women used contraception. In contrast African Americans were not the only group of people facing hatred and judgment. Women faced some hatred and judgment but the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community also faced a lot of judgment. In the 1960’s every state had anti-sodomy laws which made anyone participating in anal sex punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

In conclusion, I stated earlier in this text that when thinking about civil rights my mind would be consumed by the hatred that was portrayed towards people only because they were different and they were not white males. While this is true my mind also thinks about the victories that these brave people accomplished. I think about how far this country has come in the last 60 or so years. Lastly in my opinion no person should ever judge or place hatred on someone else especially only due to differences in opinion, sex, skin color, or sexuality.

 

Keene, Jennifer D., Cornell, Saul, and O’Donnell, Edward T. Visions of America: A History of the United States. Volume 2, 3/e. Boston: Pearson.

13 thoughts on “The sides of Civil Rights.

  1. I agree that African Americans did have to go through the most during this period, but in the end they came out with a lot and everyone will be thankful for what they did for many years to come.

    1. I agree with you African Americans did have to go through a lot, but they did come out with a lot. This timeline of civil rights movement gained legal equality and the enforcement of constitutional rights. The goals of the movement included securing equal protection under the law, ending legally established racial discrimination, and gaining equal access to public facilities, education reform, fair housing, and the ability to vote (1954-1959). During this time women also won big.

  2. I think you made a good point when saying that a lot was giving to gain the rights everyone has earned today. I do agree that when you think about discrimination during this time, many people first think of African Americans and women, but forget that there were many other groups of people fighting for their rights as well. I think many people of these two groups the most because of the laws and acts that were passed to give them equal rights.

  3. Many different groups of people faced discrimination in early America. I’m glad that these acts, like the Civil Rights Act of 1957, Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 were finally passed, but it seems like these changes could have happened much sooner. It makes me wonder why people were so fast to judge and decide that they disliked or even hated someone just for being different than they were.

    1. I agree, It wasn’t just African American’s who faced discrimination. Women and LGBT were also discriminated upon. Where would we be with out the civil rights acts that helped change america.

  4. This whole time period in American history was filled to the brim with bigotry and hate. Discrimination against, African Americans, Women, Immigrants, LGBTQ, Native Americans, the list goes on. Happily though, peaceful protests brought focus on the plight of these groups and change began to happen. It is sad we as a species would ever commit such vile and hate filled acts in the first place.

  5. African Americans were treated horribly back then. I can’t imagine living so divided, not being able to go to certain places because it was whites-only. I agree that they were treated the worst, but they did gain a lot.

  6. I also agree that African Americans had a lot to overcome during this period. I can’t imagine living as divided as they were. I’m glad we don’t live like that now.

  7. Time heals all wounds. We our a nation that is suffered due to the evil atrocities we committed towards our brethren. It is a shame that it took so much time, and great leaders to change our country.

  8. Great blog this week. I so agree that the African Americans had the most to overcome in this time period, I couldn’t imagine what they had to go through to get to the place they are today. I totally agree that no one should judge each other due to sex, skin color, sexually. I believe that we are all equal and treat each other like we are. Great blog again this week!

  9. African Americans by far had the most to overcome during this period of time. It is crazy to me how divided whites and blacks lived during this time and I am so thankful that we have moved past that for the most part. There is no reason that any human being should be judged for anything let alone the color of their skin.

  10. I agree that African Americans gained the most from the Civil Rights movement, but many groups advanced their status and rights in this time period. I had never thought about civil rights as anything but a race issue, but it really included so much more.

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