The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was a mass popular movement to secure African Americans equal access to and opportunities for the basic privileges and rights of United States citizenship. (insert in-text citation) Throughout the 21st century, racial equality has been a major topic. Has racial equality improved since the Civil Rights Movement? Rosa Parks said (insert in-text citation) “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome”. Since the 1960s, laws have changed to improve racial equality; however, protests are still prevalent, civil rights activists are demanding the same things, and social classes and …show more content…
These, including the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960, 1964, and 1986, have all promoted racial equality and worked to help African American’s in all aspects of their lives. (insert in-text citation) The Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960 both established federal inspection of local voter registration polls and introduced penalties for anyone who obstructed someone 's attempt to register to vote. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed segregation in public areas and granted the federal government power to fight black disfranchisement. The act also created the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to prevent discrimination in the workplace. The Civil Rights Act of 1986 provided for equal housing opportunities regardless of race, creed, or national …show more content…
have been occurring since the beginning of time. In the 1960s, civil rights activists wanted to end racism. Today, activists just want to end racism. People still have the same goals, and that is to stop the inequality, hatred, and ignorance. Morgan Freeman, a famous actor, narrator, and influential civil rights activist of the 21st century, believes the best way to end racism is to quit talking about it. Famed journalist Mike Wallace asked Freeman his opinion on the topic of black history month (insert in-text citation): “Black history month, you find….?” Morgan Freeman gave a one-word answer: “Ridiculous.” “Why?” asked the reporter. “You’re going to relegate my history to a month?” asked Freeman. “What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month? No, come on, tell me,” he continued.
“Well, I’m Jewish,” responded Mike Wallace.
Freeman kept pressuring for an answer. “Okay. Which month is Jewish history month?”
“There isn’t one,” replied Wallace.
“Oh. Oh, why not? Do you want one?” asked Morgan Freeman in response.
Wallace said “No.”
“I don’t either,” explained Freeman. “I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.”
Wallace, shocked, quickly turned the conversation to a different topic: racism. Morgan Freeman gave the simplest, yet most influential answer ever: “How are we going to get rid of racism and — ”
“Stop talking about it.
Indeed Morgan Freeman.