The Civil Rights Movement in the United States

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Civil rights can be defined as the rights for individuals to receive equality. This equality includes the right to equal jobs, justice, the right to be free from harsh treatment and discrimination from the whites in various ways. These rights include education, voting rights, employment, same sex marriages, housing, and many more. Civil rights include gay and lesbian rights, women rights to vote and hold positions in offices, African- Americans and Hispanics as well. Looking at it from a historically, the civil rights movement is the fights, protest, and demonstrations all in a non-violent form by African-Americans to achieve equality amongst whites. Today, civil rights can be used to describe the call for equality for all people regardless of culture, race, sex, age, disability, national origin, religion, or certain other characteristics. Equally the Civil Rights Movement in the United States and Apartheid in Africa were noted in history as two major events and or activities that altered the lives of African Americans all over the world forever. Both events had a huge impact the daily lives of Blacks in Africa as well as the African-Americans in the United States in some way, shape or form. In both movements, African Americans fought for what they believed in, they were fighting for equal rights, and to end racial segregation to name a few of the main issues. The two shares many similarities and differences. However, it appears that they share more similarities than difference. According to the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Evidence of Injustice: The brutal murder of 14 years old Emmett Till, a young teen from Chicago in 1955 can also be seen as an act... ... middle of paper ... ... other hand, Apartheid started through the election of the Afrikaner National Party. (A.N.P). The A.N.P wanted to should be split Africa into race separated from each other, so there were nations of white, black, and colored. This segregation of colored and white’s nations soon eventually led to blacks being stripped from everything they owned such as land and their citizenship. These two civil rights movements had differences but also were similar in that it was largely non-violent, they both had boycotts, they fought for oppression from white’s people, fight for inequality, and they faced problems of discriminations, and they used a lesser form of violence in their fight for racial segregation. Both civil right movements were non violent and forced Africans and African-Americans to move closer together and act as one so that they could gain equality as a whole.
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