Through the 1950’s and 1970’s civil rights were the hot topic of the time. Multiple groups pushed to better their lives and the lives of their people. Women gained more work privileges, minorities gained more representation, and the LGBT community became more accepted. This post will explore how and what each of these collectives gained from this era, which one gained the most and how they did it.
Representing the minorities here are the blacks. In 1954 the civil rights movement for black people got a big score in Brown v. Board of Education. With this ruling the supreme court ruled that segregated schools are unconstitutional even if they are ‘equal’. Later on we see the Freedom riders make big strides in making transportation equal for all.
Women pushed hard to be able to work alongside men and get paid equally. Their civil rights movement also pushed for the end of domestic violence, sharing of responsibility within the family and with rearing children. This more balanced approach gave them the opportunity to do things that they couldn’t do before like pursue a career.
The LGBT community gained more acceptance in the population. At this time the movement was very unpopular and it was a stigma to be gay. As the hippie movement sprung up around the Vietnam War, minorities such as them began to speak up and demand recognition. They got this recognition slowly over the two decade span.
The blacks benefited most from all these civil rights movements and reforms. They were allowed freedom that they had never tasted in their life, what we all take for granted. As time went on the racist social constructs dissolved to nothing as they are now. They also lead the way for other disadvantaged groups to rub the other direction against social norms. Because of this we have more equality throughout America than and the Western countries than the world has ever seen.
We looked at how many different groups of people banded together within themselves and changed the world forever, both for them and everyone else. We can all learn lessons from this part of out history and apply it to the times that we live in today. Stand up against corruption and incorrect views, make your voice known, and violence usually not a good option.