Have we won the battle of Civil Rights?
As Americans we believe that we all are treated the same, but is that really the truth? As a heterosexual white female I personally have never faced the brunt of being judged for whom I am, but as a friend with people of different races and homosexuals I have seen and heard of how “equal” we really are. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Since this law has been passed many things have changed but I firmly believe we have not one the fight against civil rights. When hearing the words civil rights many people automatically think of racism but if you read the Civil Rights Act of 1964 it does not just state race but it also clearly states religion, sex, of national origin. So where are we in the fight of civil rights?
In the ideal of civil rights when it comes to being judged by race Americans have made huge steps in the right direction, but we still have miles and miles to go. A large source of the racism present in our society stems from one's pride in his or her own race. Many people, especially those associated with racist groups; find it necessary to put down other ethnic groups in an attempt to strengthen their own. This train of thought usually results in extreme hatred of other races and an overall sense of bigotry. Reasoning in this manner causes too many consider associating with racist groups. Many people believe that we have far left the KKK (Ku Klux Klan) in the past, but in my research I have learned sadly that is not the case there are eight active KKK tribes in Oklahoma alone. The KKK is just as violent as ever in Mississippi there is believed to have been twelve murders committed by the KKK in the last five years alone, and these deaths only being the ones reported and convicted.
How can we say we have won the battle of civil rights when everyone in America does not have the right to marry who they please? With the abolishment of Don’t Ask Don’t Americans have taken a step into a more equal society, but we still have a long way to go, proof of this is the fact that when a member of the U.S. military marries; he or she effectively gets a pay raise through an increased housing allowance. Even after repeal, this benefit has not been true for married same-sex couples. When a married service member is sent away from his spouse on a...