Laying The Foundation For Civil Rights Essay

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Laying the Foundation for Civil Rights
1. The Cold War added another layer of complexity to the basic fight for racial equality in the United States. The civil rights movement gained some support from federal officials aware that in the contest for the loyalty of emerging nations of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, American racism and discrimination gave the Soviet Union a powerful Cold War propaganda tool. The Warren Court’s strongly worded unanimous opinion that the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place and that separate educational facilities are inherently equal, came at a moment of great concern regarding international attention to the American civil rights movement. By the early 1950s, the inability of U.S. officials to respond to America’s racial inequality was more than an embarrassment, and it represented a serious threat to the very foundations of U.S. foreign policy during a vital period of global change. Warren was keenly aware of how segregation undermined the U.S. position in the Cold War. The NAACP along with other civil rights organizations during the 1950s used the Cold War rhetoric of freedom and democracy for all as a powerful tool to motivate rapid action on long-festering issues such as segregation. Again at the showdown in Little Rock, we saw change brought about by the negative attention the U.S. was receiving on a national and global level because of racism and segregation. In Little Rock, Arkansas children were forced to withdraw from…

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