The Civil Rights Movement Of The 1960s

1654 WordsDec 15, 20147 Pages
The Civil Rights movement of the 1960s sought to end racial segregation and discrimination and give African American citizens better and equal legal rights. As a result of countless protests and civil rights parties pressing for their constitutional and civil rights day after day, the African American community was able to obtain many of the ideas they were striving for. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 restored and protected their voting rights, while the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned any discrimination based on religion, color, and race in places of employment or public services. Laws like these were a huge victory and a monumental step for African Americans, but unfortunately just because it was suddenly against the law to discriminate and segregate them, didn 't mean that they were all of sudden treated fairly and no longer discriminated against in everyday situations and conversations. While the lives and rights of African Americans have changed for the better since the Civil Rights movement, they still face many problems including the racism they thought they destroyed. Crimes in America are committed by people of all ages, races, and genders, but somehow the incarceration rate of black males is substantially higher than any others. According to the NAACP, African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population, and are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of white citizens. One in six black men have been incarcerated as
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