The Civil War And The Passage Of The Fourteenth Amendment Essay

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After the American Civil War and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment there was no longer a question about slavery, but instead a question about race. The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, ideally, set a level playing field by granting African-Americans citizenship and the right to vote. Instead, the rise of Jim Crow laws in the South completely negated these two amendments. Plessy v. Ferguson solidified legal segregation using the concept of “separate but equal” until it was overturned by Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. Sparked by racism and discrimination, the Civil Rights Movement worked for equality and was extremely successful. However, their work has not solved the race problem as a whole. As Dalton Conley says:

The Civil Rights era officially ended inequality of opportunity. At the same time, civil rights legislation did nothing to address the underlying economic and social inequalities that had built up through hundreds of years of discrimination. (Cheng, Conley, Freund, Cho)

A possible solution that has been considered throughout the years is the idea of a colorblind society. This concept does not need a multitude of people to progress. It can be practiced by anyone at anytime. The thing is, a colorblind society does not facilitate the path to a world without discrimination. Instead, it does the opposite and acts as a form of racism.

Color blindness, or race blindness, is the ideology that race, ethnicity, and culture should be ignored as a…

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