Equality, Equality And Equality In The Civil Rights Movement

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For generations people have been discriminated, abused and denied civil rights and civil liberties. Forced to obey white masters and work endlessly, the vast majority of slaves were exploited and drained from their freedoms. Similarly, women were continuously seen as the inferior sex and as a tool for many supercillious men. Tired of the mistreatment, exploitation and inadequate lifestyles, these minority groups established riots, protests, rebellions and conventions to end injustice and discrimination based on gender and race. Overtime, these groups were recognized and rewarded for their continuous efforts and ambitions. For example, by 1870 black men were granted citizenship and voting privileges and by 1920 women were voting and running for public office. Soon, a mere forty years later, the civil rights activism of the 1960’s opened the door to equality to yet another group struggling with discrimination, prejudice and, above all else, shame. After many years of silence and inaction, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community began to argue “politically mobilize on a grassroots level” (Hillstrom 2014; 11) for egalitarianism despite one’s sexual orientation.
Although the movement for the prosperity of homosexual rights is relatively new, the idea of homosexuality is not. In fact, the idea of homosexuality dates back to ancient civilizations and is even mentioned in the texts of Plato in which the notion was viewed in a positive light and as “a natural
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