The Importance Of The Civil Rights Act

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YES, the Civil Rights Act is still needed. The only way to chart the future wisely and clearly is for us to be knowledgeable about the roads that got us to the present. In one sense, the civil rights era may seem to be at a end simply because some fundamental values have been challenged resulting in some laws being changed. And yet there is still a lot of work to be done in the area of racial equality. It may be that new minorities are always emerging, but I feel that civil rights work will never end. Furthermore we still have to stretch our minds, so we can embrace the idea that civil rights has exceeded outside of just race, like those who are fighting for their civil rights as gay Americans, disabled Americans, and more. The Civil …show more content…
For that reason alone Civl Rights laws and protections are and will always be needed in todays society. The act of discrimination is always just beneath the surface. Even though we are all aware of it, it’s not politically correct to talk about it in certain arenas. There are many other groups and issues within our society that need the protections outlined in the Civil Rights Act and Affirmative Action, such as LGBT, Disabled, women and new groups of immigrants just to name a few. Last but not least, we have to even consider wage discrimination within the workforce. We must continue to utilize the enforcement of the Civil Rights Act as a modern legal remedy today to fight discrimination in the workplace. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received over 33,000 race discrimination claims nationwide in 2012 and again in 2013, an average of 92 claims a day. It is estimated that black Americans lose over $120 billion in wages each year due to labor market discrimination (Smith,PhD, 2015 www.huffingtonpost.com/darron-t-smith-phd). These statistics tell us the need is still there and without access to legal remedy we will return to the days of old. It is not only the idea of racism, but the root of the issue is discrimination against a person in violation of the Civil Rights Act, i.e. race, religion, color, national origin. If we allow discrimination against one, then we ultimately allow it …show more content…
Their challenges of non-compliance and enforcement of Title VII brought successes that didn’t come without sacrifice, division, and in some cases physical harm. The allies of these groups have to understand that we the people have to fight as one. We can no longer succumb to the norm of any type of stratification; be it education, occupation, income, gender, disability, sexual orientation or any other way our society chooses to separate and classify us as a society. I think the allies of the groups also have to get back to the grass-root organizing, the three prong approach because if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. This recipe has proven over and over again to bring about

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