Civil Rights

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Civil Rights

"Our problem today is that we have allowed the internal to become lost in the external"
-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Today's world is based on appearance, and most often the goal is not as important
as the means by which it is achieved. Why is this such a "problem"? Time after time,
people come to find that they have wasted their lives working towards a goal which, in
the end, was never worth all that work to begin with, or they realize that they could have
gone about their actions differently. The people of modern America are all about living
live for the moment, taking risks, not making sacrifices, and never yielding to "the long
run". Looking at the world of 2002, one can witness the apex of human civilization.
Who can question the customs, morals, and nature of today's Americans, without arguing
wit results?
Consider the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1991). The integration of the two
races would have gone a lot easier and faster if both sides discarded their internal
principles and beliefs and did their best to make the other side happy, thus creating an
equal society.
Until Congress passed the Voting Rights Act of 1965, certain literacy tests
restricted black voting. This was a decent attempt to meet black demands, but the act
only opened voting rights to uneducated people (black and white) and put more control in
their hands, which was a mistake. That now leaves the question, "why were there so
many more illiterate blacks than whites"? The segregation of schools is not a valid
response. It does not matter what school teaches it, the English language is the same.
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