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Mia Harper HIS-450 Professor Amy February 16, 2020
The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s which lead to the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was one of several progressive steps toward African American’s realization of the concepts mapped out by America’s forefathers back in 1776- the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Included with that, is the concept of equal opportunities regardless of race, gender and religion. Although the Civil Rights Movement is documented in History as beginning in the 1950s and ending in the 1970s one could contend that discrimination based on racial difference is still happening today. It is virtually impossible to pick up a newspaper, listen to a news broadcast or sign on to Facebook without seeing an injustice that violates a person’s or group’s civil rights.For example, there are some instances that are continuing today that violate the civil rights of those involved. Mont Belvieu located in the Huston school district is involved in a controversy about race, and discrimination over the hairstyle a student chooses to wear, which is locks. Senior, Deandre Arnold, has been for binned from partaking in his high school graduation celebration unless he changes his hairstyle or cut his locks.1Arnold and his family addressed the school board about the situation and were not granted any flexibility. Local activist, Gay Monroe, stated “that this is a black and white issue, Deandre and his family should not have to go through this. But he expected this from a board that had zero diversity.”2Another concern of civil rights that is local to where I live is faced by the School District of Philadelphia. Several schools within the Philadelphia School District has been closed 1Beachum, Lateshia. (2020). Student will be barred from graduation unless he cuts his dreadlocks, school says. The Washington post. Retrieved from: 2Beachum, Lateshia. (2020). Student will be barred from graduation unless he cuts his dreadlocks, school says. The Washington post. Retrieved from:
temporarily at some point in the school year due to asbestos contamination which has not been addressed by school district officials. Many of these schools are located in the Kensington neighborhood, which is one of the lowest poverty areas of Philadelphia with an open air drug market. These schools serve the city’s poorest families of color and the Philadelphia School District is not properly containing the problem, thus refusing to protect the well-being of students and staff who work in these schools. This begs the question, if this situation was to occur in a white suburban area, would this problem have persisted or would it have been taking care of right away?