Race Relations: Social Movement

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Race Relations: Social Movement Paper
Wilmington University
Jamie Cole-Neicen
Shanna Watson

What does the term social movement mean? This question cannot easily be answered. I have learned that it cannot be considered a mass fad or trend and it is not an interest group that has access to political powers. Social movements are not unorganized, fleeting and without goals. Social movements are usually people involved in conflictual relationships with other people, linked by informal networks and share an identity of some kind. Social movements can be thought of as “a group of diffusely organized people or organizations striving toward a common goal relating to human society or social change, or the organized activities
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But “decline” does not necessarily mean failure of the Civil Rights Movement. There are four ways in which social movements can decline: repression, co-optation, success, and failure (Miller, 1999). Others have “added establishment with mainstream” as another way in which they decline (Macionis, 2001). The Civil Rights Movement left a permanent mark on American society. In the South, Anti-black violence declined. Remaining active in southern politics, many of the leaders and organizations that came into existence during the 1950s and 1960s played a crucial role in the elections to political office of black candidates, where blacks had once been barred from voting. Southern universities and colleges began recruiting blacks where they had once been banned. The Civil Rights Movement of the 50’s and 60’s has transformed American democracy. The Movement has paved the way for other groups, such as the elderly, women, gays/lesbians, Chicanos, and the disabled, in their advancement and group pride efforts. For example, in 1968, approximately 15,000 Chicano students walked out of classrooms in East L.A., demanding an equal, qualitative and culturally relevant education. The collective effort of this movement formed the core of …show more content…
People throughout the community formed together to raise awareness and get the word out to other cities across the United States. What happened on the West Coast quickly made it to the East Coast. Although people still wanted to protest and fight for justice for the 17 year old, this case no longer required volunteers. Media had a hold of this case, which made it go viral all across America. Over 100 cities across the country were standing up for the rights of young Trayvon. There were protests, rallies, marches, and even candle lightings. People will never forget the death of this young man, especially his family and friends. However, this case and the name of this young man has gone unspoken and it hasn’t been talked about as much as when it first

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