Racial Segregation And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

866 Words Jun 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
The Civil Rights Movement not only revolutionized race relations in the U.S., but also setup a working model that still inspires political movements, and leaders worldwide. It hasn’t been the first or last attempt to eliminate racial discrimination in this country, which still persists in some form or another to this day. Racial discrimination, segregation and inequality have always been an area of constant debate in American history, heavily leaning towards suppression of the disenfranchised. However , it indeed led to a dramatic up shift in the legal and social legitimacy of discrimination and has shown civil disobedience/nonviolent protest is not only moral, but highly effective.

Despite comprehensive changes most notably the abolishment of slavery and many other areas the phenomenon of the suppression of the negro lingered on. This approach lead to ‘Separate but equal’ doctrine- legal framework, which facilitated strict racial segregation while adhering, at least in principle, to equal treatment of the fourteenth amendment along with other post-reconstruction laws. This gave way to the ‘Jim Crow Laws’-a fictitious approval of racial segregation under the provision of public and private services, under the condition that blacks would be offered the same service as their white contemporaries. However this legislation brought about clear discrimination, as the services for ‘colored’ were inferior to those of whites in both quality and quantity. Malcolm X, a…

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