Civil Rights in the United States

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Pieces of the People’s Puzzle
In total there are fifteen laws that count towards the topic of civil rights in the United States, alone. Kenji Yoshino, author of “The New Civil Rights” says that in order for us to turn our current beliefs into a set of ‘new’ civil rights, law must play a role. Obvious enough, law alone cannot bring about a new set of civil rights. There are more than enough pieces that could make up this puzzle. For instance, media plays a huge role in this situation. The media only shows what they want us, the people, to see. If we only see what they want us to see then wouldn’t that leave us very narrow-minded? The media adds irrelevant detail to every situation. For example, a person’s race, which otherwise
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to push the negativities of inequalities in America. I could say “Racism is wrong” but unless I do something about it and spread word on why racism is wrong, civil rights activism won’t go anywhere.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines covering as an object or substance that goes over or on top of something especially in order to hide or protect it. Kenji Yoshino donates a more philosophical definition which is also geared towards the topic at hand. He states that covering is “to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream (479).” People should be able to show their true selves to the public. Then, there are people who just can’t show their true identity and they are covering to live. For example, Middle-Eastern women cover their whole bodies in an effort to abide laws or be killed. In a less literal sense, in such a judge-mental society there are millions of homosexuals hiding their true identity for fear of being bashed in public. “Your commitment is to help people ‘be themselves’ – to resist demands to conform that take away their ability to be the individuals they are. But the covering idea could perpetuate the stereotypes you want to eliminate (Yoshino 485).” In other words, covering is wrong and we know this so we want to give a helping hand. But, by helping out and showing gays or blacks that it’s okay to act in the manner they really want to act will do no good.
As a final verdict in the strife for
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