Essay The Civil Rights Act Of 1965

2377 Words Jun 6th, 2016 10 Pages
Throughout the Civil Rights Movement, African Americans gained more rights than ever before. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 made voting more accessible, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed racial discrimination in public accommodations, and public figures like Jackie Robinson revolutionized predominately white aspects of American culture. During their time on American soil, African Americans went from slaves, to compensated slaves, to oppressed citizens. Despite these significant advancements, the United States had a long way to go before it could accurately call itself “a nation with liberty and justice for all,” as stated in its Pledge of Allegiance. Racism continued, it was just no longer endorsed by the federal government. Whites considered blacks to be inferior, poor, and uneducated. This view was especially promoted by the media. In 1970, more than ninety percent of Americans had at least one TV and watched everything from the news to sports games to quiz shows. The most popular programs, however, were sitcoms. Millions tuned in every week to see shows like The Brady Bunch, All in the Family, and Happy Days, which all featured white families. The few TV shows that did include black characters did not stray from common and derogatory stereotypes. Actor Bill Cosby wanted that to change, so in the 1980s, he produced The Cosby Show, which featured an upper middle class, well-educated black family. This radical TV show changed racial views in America both positively and…

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