The Civil Rights Movement, By Theodore J. Davis Jr. Essay

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Since the founding of the United States of America as a republic in 1776, the country has constantly taken steps to further civil liberties, and exemplify not only a military and political hegemon, but also a moral one. From abolishing slavery to eradicating the Jim Crow laws to the Civil rights Movement, the country has lived up to its Constitution and founding values such liberty and the pursuit of happiness. However, movements such as Black Lives Matter demonstrate how the Black population are still oppressed, namely because of their race, many argue.
Theodore J. Davis Jr. of the Department of Political Science and International Relations from the University of Delaware wished to seek an answer for whether the political opinions of Blacks and Whites in the country have converged, diverged, or remained constant since the 1970s, roughly two years since the end of the Civil Rights Movement. “Political attitudes can tell us a lot about the nature of race relations and political divisions along racial lines in the United States,” he says. Because the Black communities often identify as a group and view political matters as whether it would be advantageous to the entire group or not, “nowhere are differences between Blacks’ and Whites’ opinion stronger than on race-related issues,” he continues.
Pursing an answer to whether the political opinions between the two groups have increased, decreased, or remained constant in 2014 is essential in the light of current…

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