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Madelyn Detloff – Intersectionality at the Heart of Civil Rights March 19, 2012 Professor Detloff covered many different issues during her lecture. The Civil Rights movement covered many areas of inequality, focusing most on issues of race and sex. However, other inequalities that were not as prominent at the time (such as gender, sexual orientation, and disabilities) also played a vital role in this movement. Detloff spoke of the March on Washington and its attempt to create both racial and economic justice. Human rights were being violated in the US, especially towards those of the African American race. Although this problem was well-known and recognizes around the country at the time, a bigger issue arose: One of the leaders during this movement (Bayard Rustin) was both black and homosexual. Protesters used this information to try and bring the leader down. They didn’t feel he had the authority or credibility to be leading people and fighting these issues.
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Unformatted text preview: Bayard Rustin was a leader in the social movements for both gay rights and civil rights. He was arrested and stigmatized for his sexual orientation. It was hard for him to fight for both civil and gay rights when other black power leaders thought of him to be an immoral influence. From Detloff’s lecture, I learned a lot about forgetting one event’s detail to look more closely at another. We forget about the things that are inconsistent with our beliefs because of pressures, impulses, internal and external motivators. Detloff used the example of Columbus Day – We like to remember Christopher Columbus discovering America, our homeland, but we choose to forget about the indigenous people that were killed off by the settlers. It is important to look at all aspects of an event, whether historic or present, in order to determine why something is happening and what we believe....
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