Persuasive Speech About Civil Rights

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To fully understand the progress America has made regarding civil rights, one must first crunch some numbers. In 1958, 44 percent of whites said they would move if a black family became their next door neighbor; today the figure is 1 percent. In 1964, the year the great Civil Rights Act was passed, only 18 percent of whites claimed to have a friend who was black; today 86 percent say they do, while 87 percent of blacks assert they have white friends. Now reflecting upon such progress one can see how far society has come only about 150 years after the institution of slavery. However, despite the improvement the United States still has quite a ways until they reach Dr. King’s Beloved Community. King dreamed of a society based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one's fellow human beings. Just by watching the news with events such as the Black Lives Matter Movement, Trump tweets, Charlottesville, etc... it becomes apparent these ideals have not been met. Despite American society becoming slightly closer to Dr. King’s Beloved Community in order to fully achieve his vision Africans must use affirmative action to educate the next generation of the bigotry and hatred in society.
Children pick up traits from their parents, friends, siblings, teachers, as well as many others. In order to incite change in the world one must first stop bigotry at the roots, specifically children. Racism is taught behavior. Mahzarin Banaji, a psychologist, brain researcher, and racism and

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