The Civil Rights Movement began in order to bring equal rights and equal voting rights to black citizens of the US. This was accomplished through persistent demonstrations, one of these being the Selma-Montgomery March. This march, lead by Martin Luther King Jr., targeted at the disenfranchisement of negroes in Alabama due to the literacy tests. Tension from the governor and state troopers of Alabama led the state, and the whole nation, to be caught in the violent chaos caused by protests and riots by marchers. However, this did not prevent the March from Selma to Montgomery to accomplish its goals abolishing the literacy tests and allowing black citizens the right to vote.
Imagine a time where teenagers are allowed to vote on important positions or issues that could possibly define our nation’s future. The average teenager may seem responsible, but would they be able to handle the responsibility of deciding our nation’s fate in the world as well as their own. In the article, “ Takoma Park 16-year-old savors his history making moment at the polls,” Annys Shin, who writes in depth about the historical event as well as shares valued opinions of those who participated in the making of this event, exclaims that the, “ Montgomery County community [was] the nation’s first to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.” This seems to be a test to determine if the nation should lower the voting age completely. However, this test shows varying results, but majority seem to shed some light on the fact that teenagers simply should not take part in voting. The average teenagers seem too young to be mature about issues, are uninterested in what major decisions are made by the government, and are simply being used by their parentals for an extra person support their own beliefs.
One hundred years after the Emancipation Proclamation was written, African Americans were still fighting for equal rights in every day life. The first real success of this movement did not come until the Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954 which was followed by many boycotts and protests. The largest of these protests, the March on Washington, was held on August 28, 1963 “for jobs and freedom” (March on Washington 11). An incredible amount of preparation went into the event to accommodate the hundreds of thousands of people attending from around the nation and to deal with any potential incidents.
The idea of peacekeeping and the maintaining of order began centuries ago. However, long ago women were not involved in this. As women did enter within 20th century their role was limited. As time passes, change takes place.
In the most recent election in 2016 only 59% of Americans voted. Many people today see this as a major issue; however, a major argument has risen on how to solve this problem. One of the solutions that have been considered is lowering the voting age to 16 to get younger Americans votes. However many Americans think that this is crazy to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote. The clear and only answer to this contentious question is that 16 and 17 year olds should not be able to vote. As stated before 16 and 17 year olds should not be allowed to vote because sixteen and seventeen year olds are not mature enough, their opinions can be easily swayed or changed based on what others think, and they are not educated enough on politics in order to vote.
On January 21, 2017, more than 3.3 million people marched in more than 500 U.S cities to protest what they considered political injustice, and the seeming denial of women’s rights. It was the day after the inauguration of America’s forty-fifth president, and women of every color, background, and ethnicity decided to take a stand and speak against President Trump’s political decision to defund organizations that perform or provide services for disenfranchised and low income women. A little over a year ago, Presidential candidate Donald Trump was a man who espoused demeaning, patronizing and misogynistic comments. Now as President of the most powerful country in the world, many felt that he would use his executive powers to deny women their right to make decisions regarding her reproductive health.
This Is the Day: The March on Washington is a magnificent book by Leonard Freed documenting the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom was held at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963. This was a non-violent march sponsored by several civil rights organizations – leaders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), The Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and the Urban League -- to help push Congress to pass President John F. Kennedy’s civil rights bill. This March main focus was on jobs and black unemployment, not just on the new civil rights law.
The Women’s March was a protest that took place in multiple cities across the world on January 21, 2017, the day after President Donald Trump was inaugurated. The march was organized for a number of issues going on surrounding the Trump administration. The participants advocated human, LGBTQ, reproductive, and women’s rights along with other issues such as immigration and healthcare reform, racial equality, religious freedom, and workers’ rights. The march took place because of the current social and political climate surrounding the inauguration of President Trump. This date was chosen because the inauguration of President Trump, who was threatening the rights of all the different groups. It gave everyone a new drive and force to push towards equality and freedom. This march shows how feminism has changed greatly over the years and it is a strong example of intersectional feminism. Feminism served as a unifying force in the past and it still is, as shown in such a large protest. Even more than basic rights and equality for oppressed groups, these protesters fought for reproductive rights, something falling under feminism and women’s rights. Trump’s campaign outlined the defunding and/or takeaway of healthcare and Planned Parenthood, two events sparking much debate and controversy among the citizens of the United States. Many different ethnicities, races, and religions have been targeted ever since Trump’s campaign began.
I was asked to write on The March On Washington and my opinion on it so I am. The March on Washington was a protest against black rights also a march to the Lincoln Memorial where there Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous speech ''I Have a Dream'' speech. It was a speech of ''hope and determination''. I think the March On Washington was really cool because It was what made black equal to the white.
This argument is wholly fallacious simply because whomever wrote this text and is in support of teenagers voting is trying to force equal influence. Forcing equality in a country that already allows all adults to vote is not only irrelevant, but the idea of forced equality is reminiscent of communism, whose entire structure is built on faulty systems and rules, like the one presented in the article. People who want to help make a change vote, people who don't want to, don't vote. It's as simple as that. The older people know their votes matter and the younger people don't. In the first paragraph of this article, the author writes that when we moved the voting age to 18, we heard silly arguments against it, implying every argument that is made against lowering it even further is irrational simply because the age was once lowered. Given this logic, and provided that it is somehow sound, one could say that 5-year-olds should be able to vote, because the arguments made against 18-year-olds clearly weren't accurate, so thus arguments against suffrage for children 13 years their junior are null and "silly" as
Voting has been a popular topic on my social media, specifically for young adult’s ages between 18 and 21. The discussions are mainly about whether or not voting is really something they should do. I’ve seen a few people comment saying that now that they are of age, they will vote. Sadly, most of the people like to just think about it as something “dumb”, “unnecessary”, and “waste of time”. I highly disagree. I like to think of it as people who just speak without thinking. The majority of those young adults like to share posts about politics and they always seem to state their opinion about how they do not like what a certain candidate running for office has said, or that they are not ok with what that candidate will do if they become president. I have also seen posts about how they think that them not voting won’t make a difference in voting percentage, but little do they know, they’re not the only ones with that
Since the Americans knew about the future changes in the executive power in the United States, many people have felt fear to the threats of Donald Trump, an uneducated and racist person. This current event is an announcement of what is happening in the United States and around the world. Its purpose is to inform students how they can reduce fear in their community, and one of the solutions is to maintain everyone informed.
For example, Ben Miller, 16 year old Takoma Park City resident, believes that this opportunity to vote is in fact a “valuable privilege” bust as well admitted that “he has no burning issue motivating him”. If Miller, were to vote at an appropriate age, he would be able to experience the real world and view the outside issues that occur. Takoma Park officials had as well been dealing with low voter turnout, which eventually led to council member Tim Male questioning “How to get more voter turnout?”, which led to lowering the voting age. What official failed to notice, is that as long as there is no virtual punishment for not casting a vote, citizens will continue to neglect
David Brooks, from the New York Times, asserts that the women’s marches will not be effective because they focus “on the wrong issues” such as climate change and equal pay (Brooks). These issues are for the upper-middle-class and do not center around diversity, but rather prioritize identity politics which is a tendency for people to form political alliances with those of the same religion, race, ethnicity, etc. Diversity plays a major role in America and it is important for everyone to embrace it. Brooks also says that another reason the women’s marches will not be a success is because there is “too big a gap” between the “marches and the Democratic and Republican Parties” (Brooks). In order for something to occur, a political party has to
The Womens march on Washington to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump on january 21 was followed up by A day without women. The purpose of this event was to bring to light the influence and economic power of women around the world while pointing out the injustices they face. The event was open to anyone and not just women in the United States, as it was on International women's day encouraging all women to stand together. On this day in accordance with the strike women were encouraged to avoid work of any kind paid or unpaid, avoid shopping, and wear red as it was the chosen color to signify revolutionary love and sacrifice. However many women were unable to participate in the strike either for economic or maternal reasons and it is for