Essay on The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

1711 Words May 27th, 2016 7 Pages
These scenes revealed that T’Challa’s character was written with a clear political consciousness that echoed the racial sentiments at the time. While the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did make efforts to ensure equal economic opportunity and ban segregation, it did not go without challenges. The aversion to the Black Panther’s new leadership echoed the immediate challenges to the Civil Rights Act in the subsequent Supreme Court cases that tried to undermine the legislation. His struggle to establish his place on the team, despite becoming the new leader, captured these political tensions. While integration was becoming somewhat of a reality as blacks entered white spaces (in the workplace and others), racism and discrimination still hindered these efforts. With blacks viewed as “second-rate Tarzans,” integration would not come so easily.
Interestingly, the comic’s conversation with the political atmosphere would go beyond just racial politics. When the police arrested Black Panther for his “murder” of the Avengers, the white agent made sure to warn him of his constitutional rights. Just two years before the publication of this issue, The Supreme Court had established the Miranda rights in Miranda v. Arizona. The original court case oversaw the conviction of Ernesto Miranda, whose confession of raping a teenage girl was obtained by the police without sufficiently reminding him of his legal rights. The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the conviction resulted in the “Miranda…

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