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Racial Justice Research Paper

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Racial Justice: Still a Work in Progress

It was the 2nd of July, 1964. President Lyndon B. Johnson had finally finished eighty-three days of arguing for his bill to pass. He was determined to finish what his predecessor had started before he met his death a year earlier; bringing justice to all, no matter what your gender was, what you believed in, or even what you looked like. This wondrous bill, this bill our former leaders have literally poured blood, sweat and tears into was finally becoming reality. This bill, known to us as the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as the Constitutional Rights Foundation put it, “banned racial discrimination in several areas, including hotels, restaurants, education, and other public accommodations. This landmark act also guaranteed equal job opportunities, fulfilling one major objective of the historic 1963 March
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As a result of this, the Government also appointed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a special organization that deals with cases of discrimination deemed illegal under the Civil Rights Act since 1965. So, indeed, the new bill has its own enforcement, along with making the process of denying one of service or employment illegal, that these numbers would be nearly nonexistent! No law-abiding person would even want to do something like that. Yet, according to the EEOC, between the years 1997 and 2014, there were over 33,900 charges of race-based discrimination in a workplace environment (2016)! And the number of cases actually rose in that timeframe from about 905 charges in 1997 to about 2,850 cases in 2014. And these are only the ones that are recorded. Who knows how many cases of discrimination are out there that voices haven’t spoken out on? We can only hope that the number dwindles like the dwindling physical membership of racial hate
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