Civil rights movement

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Unformatted text preview: Population Patterns Metropolitan Los Angeles County, 2000 H Class Frequency 0.0% to 4.7% 389 4.8% to 12.4% 1951M 12_5% to 24.7% 1051 24.8% to 40.8% 851 40.9% to 62.9% 491 70.0% to 91.8% arse Frequency 7961 1 0.0% to 5.2% 649 E = 1 1 4 5.3% to 12.6% 296 12.7% to 22.9% 1406 23.0% to 35.9% 112M 36.0% to 52.9% 561 53.0% to 82.0% Class Frequency 4931 1 0.0% to 14.5% 3151E3 14.6% to 27.6% 294 27.7% to 43.2% 313 43.3% to 61.4% 310=1 61.5% to 80.7% 315 M I 80.8% to 98.4% 126 M A P 2 . 5 Population Patterns, Metropolitan Los Angeles County, 2000 Participation in a Civil Rights Movement With the level of resources just described, even without a knowledge of the history depicted in this text in the timelines, one would guess that these minority groups are at a disadvantage in the political system. They fit un- der the rubric "dominated groups"-groups that have generally been ex- cluded from participation in the decisionmaking process by which society's benefits are distributed. "Because of this exclusion, dominated groups at different times attempt to change their situation of powerless- ness by engaging in nontraditional and usually nonlegitimized struggles with power holders" (Morris 1984:282). These overt efforts by groups to empower themselves constitut socitatusiemairy-_, Certain •r provides stability in the early, tenuous days when the movement is vulner- able to a serious countereffort by the dominantgreu.12, econd uccessful social V 1 1 1 1 • ' 8 • - • • is activists e • • eate or r- ..1 - I rtunities • ' retest the groups' subordinate status. FurthermoreslheY 11111St be,ahle to organize an motivate_people ,to.engage, in_the_effett over what may he. an ex- tended period of time. The movement will be _. stranger. if these two prerequisites are corn- bind-SI MaI is, if the leadership is taken from preexistinizations. These organizations have already demonstrated their ability to raise money and to organize people sufficiently that, at the least, they still exist. If the leadership arises from such organizations, the task becomes one of redirecting energies toward a new goal rather than of having to create an entire ew organization. h i r d , successful movements They elicit money and personnel from the environ ent that is not immediately affected by their struggle. These resources, although they may be sporadk and may come with strings attached, can be valuable in sustaining the movement and in expanding the scope of conflict As part of a dominated group, people ac- tive in social movements have little to lose by getting others involved. The existing social, political, and economic decisionmaking apparatus does not r a social movement to have a chance to enhance the_grolip'spower ements _generally tap a reservoir of s o_ potential followers, communication networks, money , and he abil- ity to draw from preexisting organizations minanizes_start-up costs and yield positive results for them. They see change—any change—as likely to yiel an 'mprovement.yiel an 'mprovement....
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