Freedom Of Expression For African Americans Essay

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The Constitution of the Untied States of America starts of with, “We the people” and yet for a century it excluded both black people and women by denying them from the law. African Americans and women; these two groups have traditionally been oppressed in the United States. They were rejected and looked down upon because they weren’t the typical white, wealthy males. However, the constitution now after the civil right movement protects in particular the freedom for these groups to express their selves. In this paper, I argue that freedom of expression for African Americans, and women is better today than in the past because today these groups are legally guaranteed the right to pursue, life, liberty, and happiness through the political process.
Political Participation The civil right movement had a great impact on political participation for African Americans. Before the civil right act, African American’s did not have the right to vote, or were considered 3/5 of a person. The government had requirements for people to be able to vote such as the white primary law which only and strictly let white man to vote. They also had the poll tax which was a tax that had to be paid as a qualification for voting. Black people being poor didn’t afford to pay the tax because they hardly were able to survive. They also had the literacy test which required a reading test, this prevented African Americans from exercising the right to vote because they didn’t have education.

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