The Legacy Of The Civil Rights Movement Essay

2112 Words Dec 16th, 2016 9 Pages
When Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008, for many Americans it symbolized the culmination of decades of fighting for civil rights, and that we had reached Martin Luther King Jr.’s fabled “mountaintop” of equality. However, not all Americans were fully satisfied with this accomplishment, with critics like Toure Neblett writing “Surely Obama’s victory revealed something had changed in America, but it was not a signal that we’d reached… where race no longer matters and equality has been achieved”. At the time, Neblett’s opinion was very much in the minority, as many Americans believed that America had entered a new era of race relations. But, this trend of disillusionment with the rest of American society is best exemplified by the narrative of racial relations that Americans have been taught over the previous decades. While many Americans believe that the election of a black president would be an eventuality due to the “linear progress” of the civil rights movement, in reality this could not be further from the truth. Rather, the story of civil rights is defined by its resiliency in the face of adversity, and its continued fight even after numerous setbacks such as the alliance between anti-communists and segregationists during the “Red Scare”, divisions within the civil rights movement during the 1960s and 1970s, and rise of conservatism during the Reagan Revolution.
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