Difference Between Civil Rights And Civil Liberties

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Civil Rights and Civil Liberties have been implemented into our society in order to protect, achieve and provide basic rights for the citizens of the United States. These concepts work hand in hand, although both Civil Rights and Civil Liberties have many differences. It is evident through the rulings of the Supreme Court and current events in our country, that by protecting Civil Rights you are in-turn protecting Civil Liberties. Civil Rights are a broad set of laws that were established through the implementation of laws and interpretations from legislature throughout the years. Civil Rights were originally designed to achieve equality for African Americans, however these freedoms are now used to advance equality for all people regardless of age, sex, gender, religion, national origin and/or disability. Although it now covers a much larger variety of people, it still has one main goal of equal opportunity. Civil Rights can also be stated as the fact that you are free from unequal treatment based on protecting characteristics. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was landmark legislation which prohibited racial segregation in the school environment, the workplace and public accommodations, such as: hotels. Just four years after the establishment …show more content…
Because Civil Rights are those rights that should be recognized simply because a person is a citizen of the United States, it is important to acknowledge that another U.S. citizen cannot deny someone their Civil Rights, much like we cannot deny someone of their civil liberties, (free speech, privacy, right to marry). Denying someone their Civil Rights would be a clear violation of the United States Constitution, although same-sex marriage brings Constitutional confusion. Many people do not view same-sex marriage as a civil right, therefore civil rights activists have been and continue to push this new idea upon

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