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‘I Have a Dream’ at 50: What are the civil rights issues today?

August 28, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Fifty years ago this week, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood before a crowd of thousands at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., and delivered one of the most iconic speeches in the history of the country. When Dr. King uttered, “I have a dream,” his words gave tangible goals for the country to strive toward: social and economic equality for all.

The speech was part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a massive rally to show support for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act under debate in Congress.

Additionally the organizers believed that job and economic equality was the greatest issue confronting the civil rights movement, and they outlined a set of goals to achieve.
  • Passage of meaningful civil rights legislation • Immediate elimination of school segregation
  • A program of public works, including job training, for the unemployed
  • A federal law prohibiting discrimination in the job hiring process
  • A minimum wage of $2 an hour
  • Cuts to federal funding for any program or organization that tolerates discrimination
  • Enforcement of the 14th Amendment by reducing congressional representation from states that discriminate against minority voters
  • Broadening of the Fair Labor Standards to include marginalized work sectors that often employ large numbers of minorities but do not fall under the law
  • Authority for the attorney general to intervene when constitutional rights are violated
Some objectives were met, such as passage of the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Act. Now, it is difficult for state and local governments to pass discriminatory laws, and employers and housing agencies must legally refrain from discriminatory practices. Schools are integrated, and generally, college student bodies have become a multicultural and diverse mix of students.

But not all the goals have been achieved.

Economic equality remains elusive. Women and minorities make anywhere from 30 percent to 50 percent less than their white male counterparts for the same position, according to the National Women’s Law Center. This economic disparity adds up over time, and even though equal pay laws have been passed, a pay gap still exists in workplaces.

At a rally four days before the anniversary of the March on Washington, speakers at the National Mall evoked the memory of Dr. King and declared that the civil rights movement is not over. Racial and gender equality, in addition to equal pay and civil rights for the LGBT community, were highlighted as issues that still needed to be achieved in order for the nation to become an equitable land of opportunity.

Although there are many challenges, Martin Luther King III, Dr. King’s eldest son, made the point that the nation has come a long way. “I know that Daddy is smiling from above,” King said. “I can almost hear my father humming the anthem of the movement, ‘People get ready, there’s a train comin’.'’

What do you think?

How has the civil rights movement has affected your life? What issues does the nation need to address to achieve economic and social equity for all? How should the country address the economic disparities? Are there other social injustices that the nation faces 50 years after the March on Washington? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Cesar F
Rimas/Watertown High School
There are still several rights issues today. One of the biggest is equal pay and equal job opportunities for women and minorities. White males are being paid more when a minority or a women is in the same position. Same thing with job opportunities, a white male will be given more consideration for a job than a minority or a women. Even though there aren't laws that prevent women and minorities from not getting jobs, not being paid equally and being segregated against, it seems like this is the nature of some people and companies.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
JULIA
John Rimas/Watertown High
The cilvil rights issues today consist of gay rights, and still inequality of different races. There are still incidents on the news when some race is targeting another, and still 50 years after "I have a Dream" people still aren't listening.

9/27/2013
Watertown
Ana
Rimas
The civil rights movement changed a lot of peoples lives. We have come far in the process of creating an equal and non-discriminatory place, where no one must face any sort of judgment, but we still have a long way to go. There are many problems left today when it comes to equality, and one of the most known today is the idea of gay marriage. There are very controversial ideas today of whether they should allow two men or two women to get married. Some say no, because it goes against the Bible, while others believe that anyone should be able to marry whoever they want. I think that all should have the ability to marry, whether straight or gay, and that hopefully in the future we would see this "problem" as a great change that made America just so much more equal.

9/27/2013
Watertown, MA
Gabriella
John Rimas
Civil Rights have been a huge part of American Society for many years. Although we see less of discrimination toward blacks, the most clear case of discrimination is to the Gay Community. I do not have a opinion on this, but I do have an opinion on the Constitution. If the Constitution is the "highest law of the land" how does that not include that all gay people are equal? Gay people have just as much of a right as myself, my neighbor, and anyone else in this country. If a country is going to promote themselves as the land of the free, they should think about how states are denying the rights of gays. I do have a theory that one day we will talk about discriminating gay people like we do with talking about how this country used to discriminated black people. There are enough people in this country to advocate for them and give them a voice just like Martin Luther King jr did for the blacks.

9/25/2013
Watertown/Massachusetts
Andy
Rimas/Watertown High School
There are many civil right issues today. Among those issues, one of them juts out to me. The one that sticks out, is a touchy issue for all. The issue I am talking about is gay marriage. While I am not gay, I wholeheartedly agree with the idea that all people are created equal. If everyone was born equal, then the people of the gay community should be able to have equal rights, including marriage. It's the same idea as job opportunities. If you have the same credentials as another person, and you both apply to the same job, then what is the deciding factor? In years past, it would be race. It might even be the same today, but even so that's wrong. What's the difference between a straight person and gay person? Their sexuality, sure, but what's the difference between discriminating against gay people, and racial profiling?

9/19/2013
Irving/Texas
Cyndel Solano
Bradley/Nimitz
The great leap we have made from when Dr.King made his “I have a Dream” to the present day is great ,but not complete. Just as how Hispanics couldn’t go to school in the 1930’s because of the racial inequality was the same as that of the African American had to face. Now I’m thankful that we finally had the time to listen to what Dr. King had to say. Now, we must face the new dream that of sex equality ,age and health discrimination. That years from now our future generations can say “They fulfilled their Dream.”

9/13/2013
Sidney,MT
Kody
Faulhaber, Sidney High School
I think it is a good speech. There is still some racist going on but not as bad. U shouldnt be judged about what color u r everybody is the same and should be treated equal. We r all human beings.

9/13/2013
aurora ohio
nik
mr frankman
i believe that things should have changed much before this speech that only took place a few years ago. no one should ever be judged by there skin color but by there personality as a human being

9/12/2013
Irving/Tx
Jordan Brewer
Bradley/Nimitz
As a girl you are always told the you are inferior to boys, and thats exactly what has been told to me ever since I have been little. Even though women now do have more rights than they did 50 years ago, we are still looked down upon. In my short life that i have lived, I haven’t experienced it as bad as maybe other girls. The only thing that has been affected would be your typical thing that you could think of. For example: not being able to do/help “boy” sport, or being seen as unfeminine with liking something that a guy might like. To be honest though I don’t think our world will ever achieve equality between race and gender. It was something of our past and has haunted us ever since. With all the laws that were made and still being made, thats how the country will achieve equality, but we all have an opinion, and sometimes/all the time not everyone agrees. We will always fight equality because some people with always feel like they are better than everyone else.

9/9/2013
Irving, Texas
Jacob F
Bradley/Nimitz
Born decades after the civil right movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, I can still see the effects of the movement; schools, television, any media etc are integrated. To achieve social equity in America, we must allow everyone the rights we allow/want for ourselves (gay marriage being a big topic). Women have been proven to be paid less than men, so in order to have actual economic equity, we have to establish equal pay between both genders. America has gotten further from where we once were even fifty years ago, but we still have a long way to go to establish the full equality we say we have.

9/8/2013
Irving/TX
Edward H.
Bradley/Nimitz
The accomplishments of The Civil Rights Movement has allowed to be go attend school with a very wide variety of people and letting me get a chance to get to know them, their family, and their race’s culture. It made me see that we are equal with just different ideas and morals, and that is not a bad thing. I believe our nation has tried everything physically possible to obtain economic and social equality, but the people of our nation doesn’t like change. There are still plenty of social injustices that were still facing today.Racism is so deeply ingrained in America you could say it's one of the founding principles of this country along with genocide.

9/7/2013
Irving, Texas
Kristiyan
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has affected my life in a way that now I can have my African American friends and we can go places together, and do things in the community that kids of different colors and races were unable to do in the past. The nation needs to give everyone equal job opportunities no matter what color or race you are. The country could take care of the huge economic disparities by staying consistent and once again giving the people of this nation the chance to pursue a career in whatever they could possibly want and have the education for. Even after 50 years following the March on Washington, there are still huge issues concerning racism, and inequalities today. As long as jealousy exists in this world, racism will too. The reason I say this is because people start comparing and contrasting one another when something seems unfair to them or when an individual receives more attention, more money, has better things, and even seems to be living a better life.

9/7/2013
Irving/Texas
Julie N.
Bradley/Nimitz
Thanks to Dr. King's speech, I would have to say that I have been blessed to be born after the civil rights have been developed, I have been given the many opportunities, such as being put into a diverse school system and being born with freedom already as soon as I was developed in the womb, the Civil Rights have also given our society a chance to be heard and no longer remain voiceless, Although even if the Civil Rights is suppose to give all of us the right to be equal and a chance to be heard, there is not yet fully equality between the genders of male and female, issues racist discrimination, and minorities all across the map. These issues claim to be "fixed" and "under control" but is it really? Day to day things like these still happen, such as men being paid more than women due to gender, and minorities, being accused of doing something they didn't do due to their skin color being different to another person, I feel as if these problems are some what under control cause it wasn't as bad is it was before in the past but I believe that we should take this up one more notch to finalize this problem and demolish these horrid issues.

9/6/2013
Nimitz
Alonzo
Bradley
Even though the Civil Rights movement was years ago it has affected me and it will affect everyone else to come. Not just minorities. Although our country has come a long way I still believe that we have more work to do. There are may laws that discriminate against minorities. For one examples there is the Arizona SB 1070 law, This forces immigrants to have their registration documents with them at all time. It also allows officers to search Hispanics for no reason. I don’t agree with this law not just because I’m Hispanic but it also breaks one of the amendments. America has made it trough so much racism and discrimination, I believe we can get trough this.

9/6/2013
Irving/Texas
David W.
Bradley/Nimitz HS
The civil rights movement has affected my life in numerous ways on a daily basis. Looking around in the workplace, schools, restaurants, etc. you'll see a diverse population in all of them. All walks of life are able to cooperate in daily society without the hatred that was once present. Although our advancements in the social world are enormous when put into retrospect of 50 years ago, complete equality still isn't present. The inequality exists in the more personal matters: salaries and personal/sexual preferences. Complete equality won't be achieved until the government and people are able to coincide on the matters and put regulations on salaries and matters about marriage.

9/6/2013
Irving/TX
Annabel
Bradley/Nimitz
The progress America has made in the civil rights movement is flagrant; it simply can't be ignored. Not only has the civil rights movement allowed me to go to school with others as an equal, but to obtain an equal education as those who were once sought as superior by default. It has inadvertently affected my life in the way that it has shifted the way others perceive me. Judgments are no longer solely based on the color of our skin, but on how we present ourselves... sometimes. However, this is not to say that America does not need further improvement on its idea of economic and social "equality". There are still countless amounts of economic inequalities that need to be dealt with, such as the issue on income inequality. As stated in the article, women and minorities are indeed making about 30-50 percent less than their white male coworkers. Consider the following: Why does a white male deserve more than any minority or woman? If minority and female are capable of acquiring the same quality of education that a white male does, then why exclude them from acquiring an equal pay? The issue is real and Americans are well aware of it's existence, but its going to take more than just the acknowledgement of the situation. Are we willing to speak out against the injustice as Dr. King did, or are we just going to sit aside and let it be?

9/6/2013
Belleville/New York
Jazmine
Colby/BHCS
Personally, the civil rights movement still affects my life on a daily basis. The goal of it was to make sure all walks of right were equal. Even to this day there still is some unequality. The problem is,it's not so much between blacks and whites, it's between man and woman and LGBT and straight. Here's the problem, if equality was sought to be obtained fifty years ago then why has it not? With all of the achievements that we, as Americans, have acheived and all of the new technological advances that we have made, why have things not changed? I will agree, the issue of white and black equality has gotten better. There still is some racial discrimination but it all depends on the person and their views. It bothers me greatly that being different is still a problem in the worls. whether you are black, white, gay, straight, man, woman, lesbian, transgender or bisexual, I believe all walks of humans should be equal and it should have always been that way. In my eyes, man and woman should have equal pay and everyone should be able to marry whoever they want. Love is love. That doesn't change a thing. A woman works just as hard as a man does and takes the same schooling as a man does, so why do they not recieve the same wage? If a man and woman can marry then why not a woman and a woman? or a man and a man? I see no problem. You may have your opinion but how doers that give you the right to take someone's happiness away? WHat if the world was opposite of what it is today? What if it was such a bad thing to marry someone of the opposite gender? I jsut can't see how it is correct to deny someone to call the person of the same gender their "wife" or "husband". If it makes them happy, and doesn"t harm anyone,then let them do it.

9/6/2013
Irving/Texas
Leanna
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has let many of the minorities, including myself, have more equality. Even though there has been a lot of improvement in equality, there is still some discrimination in this nation. Women, gays, and some minorities still do not get the same rights as others. Women and other minorities still get discriminated in workplace. Gays also get discriminated everywhere they go. They could solve this economic disparities by having equal pay and rights despite the gender, race, or sexual orientation. There should be equality for all the people in this nation no matter who they are.

9/6/2013
Irving/tx
Elizabeth C.
Bradley/Nimitz
Fortunately, being born after the civil rights movement has given me an incredible amount of rights that I have today. I attend to a school with a variety of mixed cultured students and teachers. Thanks to the elimination of segregation, especially in schools, I have had the privilege to learn from talented teachers who have significantly changed my life forever. Although I agree that our country has come a long way in following through with equality, there is definitely still work to be done. As we all know economic equality remains elusive. What our nation needs is a blind system that does not see gender so that there is economic equality. According to the Declaration of Independence, "All men and women are treated equal". If this is so why do pay gaps still exist? But economic equality is not the only issue. Gay men and women are still fighting for their rights! If we have" life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" then gays should have the right to marry one another if that is what makes them happy. Hopefully one day we will have equality for all.

9/6/2013
Irving/Tx
Hannah W.
Bradley/Nimitz
How would you feel if you were not able to go into a store and buy something without having those stares or even not being able to buy anything and are made to leave. Well that is what was happening in the times of the Civil Rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a figure in which people respected and he was a main contributor to the revolution of civil rights. Now people of different races are able to do things that they might not have been able to do in the times of the civil rights era. But in some areas of the United States there are still some discrimination that is going on. Actually here in Texas there are some cities that really still have hate against African American people. But as the time goes on hopefully there will be no discrimination in the world. But till then we will have to wait and just let the people hate, because honestly who cares. You are your own person and you should not have to care about what other people think about you.

9/6/2013
Irving/Texas
Laura G
Bradley/Nimitz HS
Although I was born quite some time after the civil rights movement, I feel as though it has impacted my life in some aspects. One, schools are now integrated which gives everyone a chance to an equal free education. Issues the nation needs to address are that minorities and women that share the same job as white males, should be paid equally. What difference does it make if skin color is different? Or if gender is different? As Americans we should all have equal rights since that is what our country stands for. Immigration is another issue I feel that our nation should address. Everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves and to enjoy life as it should be.

9/6/2013
Irving/Tx
Pedro
Bradley/Nimitz
Because of the Civil Rights Movement, I have been able to attend public schools with people of other races and my family has been able to find work with good pay and no discrimination. We've been able to go to other public places and enjoy the same services as everybody else without any problems. But we are not all equal when it comes to economic equality. Women and minorities are receiving less than their white male counterparts in their jobs. As the article said, there’s a gap ranging from thirty to fifty percent. The country should address this problem by raising the wages of women and minorities and lowering the wages of white males enough to where they’d be equal. Concerning race, I don’t think that there’s any social injustices that the country faces when it comes to the citizens. But if there is, I think it’s something that needs to be taken care of at an individual level. Unfortunately, racism will always exist.

9/6/2013
Irving/Texas
Teven
Bradley/Nimitz
The Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and the 60s has affected every American life since then. However, a growing problem has emerged with the growth of big business and corporations: the increasing gap between the rich and the poor. Today, the gap is bigger than it has been in decades, and the poverty level has steadily risen. Though it would be unethical to simply take money from the rich, some measures should be taken to ensure that it is once again possible for even the poorest child to obtain success in society.

9/6/2013
Irving, TX
Jesus G.
Bradley/Nimitz HS
The civil rights movement created a chance for everyone to get a voice and to receive freedom.The nation needs to worry about the people instead of building more roads and highways.They should think of it as a major problem because we might in the future have less jobs and people will migrate over the seas.I also think they should stop discrimination and paying so much for jails instead of our education.

9/6/2013
Irving/Tx
Brian J.
Bradley/Nimitz
Even though I was born after the main civil rights movement, I have been living in it's successes all my life. I still believe there is work to be done to enhance social equality for all in the workplace and in any general setting. As a country I believe that we are dealing with the many economic disparities quite well as of late.

9/6/2013
Belleville/NY
Kristin
Colby/BHCS
I think we have come very far since the civil rights movement era, but I think we still face injustices. Now, we don't just face unequality between races, but also with gender and gay rights. I think that individually, there are alot of peoplee who don't care what race, or gender you are, or what your preferences are. Unfortunatly, there are still alot of people who do care about that stuff. Personally, I just think that everyone should be given equal rights, and if someone doesn't like, for example, someone of a different ethnicity, race, or preference, they should just not have something to do with it. Don't be rude, just ignore what you don't want to be a part of. I wish people could just accept everyone for who they are, but realistically thinking, I think if people stop being rude and harsh about it, that's one step closer to accepting it. If people distance themselves from what they don't agree with then maybe one day they can learn to accept others for who they are. I'd rather have someone distance themselves from what they don't agree with than be rude about it., so the people who do agree with it can surround those of different ethnicities, race, and gender preference can be surround by people who support them and positivity.

9/6/2013
Belleville New York
Quinn
Colby/BHCS
Living in a very rural area in very northern New York The racial diversity is very limited thus causing other kids my age to be less expossed to other races. It's frustrating to me that 50 years ago a black man sacrafised his life for equal rights for not just African Americans but all races as well and today we still have people who have the nerve to believe some races are better than others. I really hope I live to see the day there is no racism at all but unfortunatly I think the chances of that are very slim which frustrates me beyond belief.

9/6/2013
Belleville/NY
Tyler
Miss Colby/BHCS
Although times of the civil rights movement have past and equality is much more accepted, still not everyone is treated fairly. Many things not as a whole but as idividuals could and should be done so there can be peace among different races, religous groups, ect.

9/6/2013
Irving/Texas
Viviana
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil right movement has allowed me and others around me to experience living in a society with far more equality and integrity than there was fifty years ago. Although it has helped me perceive others as my equals regardless of social class, gender, or ethnicity, I've recognized that this social and economic impartiality hasn't been completely attained. There are many groups of people in the country still being discriminated. Gays still go through discrimination. Women and their minority counterparts still suffer injustices in the workplace. These economic disparities can be solved by enforcing equal pay to those with identical skills in a job in spite of gender or race. "With liberty and justice for all" indicates freedom and fairness. Let there be liberty and justice for all in the country.

9/6/2013
Irving/TX
Yamilleth
Bradley/Nimitz
Although King and other leader's have improved the way people think today, there is still many issue's that need to be dealt with. Even when it's not blatant I often see different form's of racism that have hindered the progression of many oppressed groups. Social Media has contributed to the negative stereotypes that have been surfaces in sitcoms, newscasts, movies, etc, where minorities have been represented less than ideal, or not represented at all. News have helped fuel these racist stereotypes by showing how people in the projects react to situations they in-countered. Antoine Dodson, Kimberly Wilkins, and Charles Ramsey who's stories were often not even seen as real situations, but dismissed and made to be seen as humorous internet video's because of their outrageous reactions. Of course there is discrimination when it comes to economic status and in the work force. While laws like the EEOC, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were created to enforce laws that prevent discrimination on minorities, there are still cases in which these laws need to be more enforced among a variety of workplaces. For example, there are still some workplaces that pay, white males more than their female/POC counterpart. Some might say "oh well there isnt even that much of a difference in their pay checks" the whole point isnt that minorities get a nickel less than their male, or white co-worker, it is that they are still seen as less when it comes to pay just because of the color of their skin or the gender they are. To keep discrimination in check we need in-house workshops and training sessions on racial sensitivity and diversity in the workplace, training on employment laws, and adopting strict new rules against discrimination. The government also has to do his part in supporting poor communities , to stop environmental racism, and have poor education system. Woman, and the LGBT community also deal with unfair treatment, and I would write about it but I ran out of space.

9/6/2013
Irving/TX
Reyanna
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that the Civil Rights movement has changed the lives of many woman and minorities for the better. Women now have rights that only men had and minorities are considered equal. There are, however, some gender issues that are going on today about men getting paid more than women do. Women are equal to men and work just as hard as them, so should be paid equally. People should petition for women to have equal pay because this is an issue of equal rights. Women, men, blacks, Hispanics, and whites should all be equal.

9/6/2013
Irving/TX
Hailey
Bradley/Nimitz
There has been many positive changes since the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s famous speech. Even though we’ve come a long way, I think we still have a ways to go in order to be totally fair and equal. We still face some Civil Rights issues to this day, which include gender and racial discrimination. Men have a higher payroll than women and the only reason behind it is because they are men. White males also have a better chance getting jobs over minority men or females. Many minority males are being accused of things they didn't do just because of the color of their skin. Those things need to be changed in order for us to be completely equal. I think the Civil Rights Movement has played a big part in my life. Once I turn eighteen I will be able vote, thanks to all the work women put into the Civil Rights and Suffrage. The Civil Rights Movement has also affected my life because now we have interracial schools, which allows me the freedom to be friends with minorities and get to know them better. I think we’ve gone far, but believe we should go further.

9/5/2013
Irving/TX
Matt M.
Bradley/Nimitz
Since Civil Rights have been implemented in this nation, they have surely been taking effect. Whether they have been taking effect slowly or quickly is all relative. To me, just looking at my daily life and the cultural diversity I experience everyday is a huge difference than that of my parent’s, in which racial tension still existed. That seems like a huge change in such a short time. But to people whose ancestors died trying to fight for equality for countless decades, I’m sure it seems like a giant achievement that not only took a long time, but also came at a tremendous price. The civil rights movement has given everyone a chance to interact with people from different racial and cultural backgrounds, thus taking the first step in equality. There still is a ways to go in some aspects of social equity, but unfortunately, I’m afraid total and absolute equality will never exist in our world. There will always be the uneducated and the ignorant and the hate-filled people to draw back what icons such as MLK Jr. spent their whole life trying to earn. As for Economic equality in our nation, time is in favor of women and minorities in the workplace. Just 50 years ago it was considered rare to find a women in the workplace. Now, it is just as common as a man in the workplace. Things like this take time. You can’t implement something and expect everything to occur and change overnight. I believe this country has come a long way in economic and social equality and have no reason to think otherwise.

9/5/2013
Irving/Texas
Jose A.
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has positively affect not just my life, but everyone else’s as well. Not only did it bring about equality, but it also brought more opportunity to the table for all Americans. However, not everything is perfect. For example, women and minorities make anywhere between 30% and 50% less than their white male counterparts for the same position. The nation should approach this issue by providing an equal pay for the same job regardless of their race or gender. Of course there are other social injustices that the nation faces 50 years after the March on Washington. For example, the stop-and-frisk law in New York.

9/5/2013
Irving/ Texas
Adrian
Bradley/ School
The main issues that we deal with today don't exactly involve civil rights, they generally involve the general image and perception of minorities, it has long been established that minorities have rights, such as their right to vote and their right to pursue their happiness, but their rights to simply be left in peace is being stomped on by America's subliminal stereotyping daily,the stop and frisk law is a simply a symptom of a greater condition. It is simply how we were raised, some Americans believe that Mexicans or blacks are lazy or useless and according to Cracked.com not having a white name severely reduces a chance a company will hire you. It is things like this that show we as a country have a problem. Thankfully i live in a wonderful Texas neighborhood that has never abandoned or alienated me, but for a large portion of my brethren, they have never had many of the advantages that i have. The nation needs to delve deep into itself and must realize that all the people of this glorious nation must stand together as one to be united in the coming centuries, to realize that every person is unique and adds a string to the tapestry that is this "nation under god".

9/5/2013
Irving/TX
Aaron G.
Bradley/Nimitz
Being a Mexican-American, but having the complexion of your everyday brown-haired Caucasian, I haven't really ran into any issues regarding Civil Rights (of course, this may change as I get older). I understand, however, the enormous impact the Civil Rights movement had on all races----with this, I feel my lack of personal connection towards these rights is, perhaps, a bit of a good thing. Perhaps my lack of problems faced in my short life is a sign that all is well----that the problems faced years ago are no more and is something I can only imagine.....but of course, I cannot speak for everyone. I recognize that the world we live in isn't perfect, and that individual people all have different outlooks on life. Yet, I feel as though these thoughts label me as a party-killer. I feel like everyone's too busy trying to make sure everything's right, like no problems exist whatsoever in regards to rights. I feel like the ideal image of a perfect world has been occupied, but not achieved. We live in a world where apologies come before an action has taken place, and nervous hints of laughter only occur once everyone is seen to be OK with it. The Civil Rights movement is something we all look at with great pride and is something we try to live up to----and so when something doesn't seem to appropriately fit in within its boundaries, we don't confront it head on; instead, we clean it up before anyone notices and hope it doesn't become noticeable.

9/5/2013
Irving/Tx
Brian J.
Bradley/Nimitz
Even though I was born after the main civil rights movement, I have been living in it's successes all my life. I still believe there is work to be done to enhance social equality for all in the workplace and in any general setting. As a country I believe that we are dealing with the many economic disparities quite well as of late.

9/5/2013
Irving/Tx
Reed
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that we have come a very long way since the days of the Civil Rights Movement. However, I believe that we have not yet gone far enough. I think that while race equality is still a problem in the U.S., gender equality is the bigger issue at this time. I think it is outrageous that this country is letting businesses pay men more than women, it is 2013 and I thought that we had come farther than that. This is the perfect time for the government to step in and force businesses to give equal pay to women and minorities, given that our president is apart of a minority race. Women and minorities, have the potential to be just as good or better at any given job, then White men are, and their pay grade should show that. Obviously there are always going to be social injustices anywhere you go, whether you are Black, White, or Hispanic you will always find someone who doesn't like you over something you can't control. (skin color, ethnicity, etc.) You just can't let other people bring you down because contrasting to what I said just above anywhere you go you will find someone who accepts you for who you are. Each day our country becomes more equal and more tolerant, but we as Americans must make sure that no group of people or one single person can stunt our growth into FULL equality.

9/5/2013
Aurora,OH
Andrew
Harmon Middle School/Paul Frankmann
I do believe that Dr. Martin Luther King dream has been for filled. Believe that he would be proud of what he did and is a role model for others who believe different about the USA rules. I found some cool information on Martin Luther King Jr. at http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html

9/5/2013
Irving/Tx
Reed
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that we have come a very long way since the days of the Civil Rights Movement. However, I believe that we have not yet gone far enough. I think that while race equality is still a problem in the U.S., gender equality is the bigger issue at this time. I think it is outrageous that this country is letting businesses pay men more than women, it is 2013 and I thought that we had come farther than that. This is the perfect time for the government to step in and force businesses to give equal pay to women and minorities, given that our president is apart of a minority race. Women and minorities, have the potential to be just as good or better at any given job, then White men are, and their pay grade should show that. Obviously there are always going to be social injustices anywhere you go, whether you are Black, White, or Hispanic you will always find someone who doesn't like you over something you can't control. (skin color, ethnicity, etc.) You just can't let other people bring you down because contrasting to what I said just above anywhere you go you will find someone who accepts you for who you are. Each day our country becomes more equal and more tolerant, but we as Americans must make sure that no group of people or one single person can stunt our growth into FULL equality.

9/5/2013
Irving/Texas
Sarah M.
Bradley/Nimitz
Although we have come far in decreasing the inequalities that plagued our society, there are still two major concerns when it comes to civil rights. I was born into a city where diversity is everywhere and it’s no longer a big deal to anyone, so race is the least of our worries. Now the main issues are gay rights and gender equality. So many people are too busy focusing on and judging the lives of others to see that gay marriage in no way affects the way someone else lives. If you disagree with gay marriage, simply ignore people who agree with it. There’s no use is taking rights away from someone whose lifestyle you disagree with because it’s none of your business. No one should be punished for something they were born with. Saying that homosexuality is a choice is like saying you get to pick the color of your skin. The other big issue on the table right now is gender inequality. In many parts of the world women are treated as inferior to men. Of course we all know about the difference in salary here in the US, but in other cultures women have rights taken away. In Saudi Arabia women are not even allowed to drive or ride bikes. In Afghanistan many girls are taken out of school as soon as they hit puberty. And, in Egypt, Syria, Libya, Jordan, and Morocco, women can only travel abroad if they are given written permission by their husbands. Women have gained an enormous amount of rights over the past 200 years, but after all that time women are still unequal to men.

9/5/2013
Irving/TX
Brandon
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has affected my life by making me view people of different gender, race, or class as my equals. But economic and social equity has not been achieved. The LGBT community, for example, are treated unequally because they are socially different. In addition, the economic disparity urgently needs to be fixed. This could be addressed by enforcing a fair wager act where people with similar jobs earn similar pay regardless of their sex or race.

9/5/2013
Irving/Texas
Joseph C.
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has certaintly done a lot for women and minorities since it was started. For example, being a hispanic I have certain rights and laws protecting me from racial discrimination. As for economic and social equity I think we still have a way to go. Pay between men and women in the workplace are still a little uneven. To address this people should petition this at the workplaces directly showing people and the government that women are still not at the level of equality as men. Today there is still some social injustices such as the right to gay marriage, and racism. There is still some work to be done for the civil rights movement.

9/4/2013
Irving, TX
Marissa
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has come a long way in this country. Considering that I am half black and half white, I most likely wouldn't be here today without the progression in racial equality. I am able to learn alongside, and hang out with all my friends no matter what race they are . Though the society has come a long way in racial discrimination, it could still use improvement. For example, Arizona has a law that you can be checked for legalization if you are a hispanic without probable cause. This law constrasts against the fourth ammendment that no one could be searched without probable cause. Therefore we still need to move forward in continuing to improve civil rights.

9/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Emily
Bradley/Nimitz
Civil rights has impacted America as a whole. 50 years ago it was impossible for Whites and Blacks to be in the same classroom let alone Hispanics. Racism will never go away even though the Deceleration of Independence states "all men are created equal." Women will always get treated as less of a person even though now men and women have similar rights. The controversy now is what women can and can not do to their bodies. Abortion is a topic very hot in 2013 and women should be able to do what they want to their bodies. It will be in their conscious knowing they are killing what they created. Men are the main ones debating over the topic but why is it up to them to decide if women can abort or not?

9/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Monica M. M.
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has not affected my life in a big manner as it did for many who suffered but it has had an influence in my social life. As a student we see the same people every day. As high school student we see old friends as well. Color has nothing to do with people’s personalities therefore our friends are of all types. Every day we are surrounded by people no matter the job or the school attended but fifty years ago people were the problem. Segregation was the topic and it ran people’s life. Without Martin Luther King’s speech we would still be living with the segregation rules and have a different political system. The elections for a president would be nowhere near where we are now and for sure Barack Obama would not be in the position that he is. However we the people are still the problem. Segregating because of gender needs to be addressed because as a nation there is no such thing of doing things halfway. A statement was made, considered, and made into a law. Repetition of the past should not be brought up and gender is making it go back to how it was fifty years ago. As a nation we need to speak to others and those who hold the power.

9/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Rudy
Bradley/Nimitz
Like many of the commenters, I too have only experienced life post Civil Rights movement. Though the Heroes of the Civil Rights Movement like Martin Luther King Jr. have greatly improved modern society, there are still many issues that need to be addressed, the most prominent being the “economic gap” between White Americans, minorities, and women. While laws have been passed to protect us from this, they are not enforced properly. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims that they enforce the law, but if 22 percent of hispanics are still being discriminated against in the workplace, we have a real problem(statistic from Rutgers University study). This issue can be solved if we had non biased personnel working for the EEOC, and they would need to be monitored similar to the New York Police Officers in the Search and Frisk Court Ruling. However, that is not the only issue we need to fix. A new group of Americans have voiced their concerns all over media. Of course I’m talking about the gay community. Similar to racial discrimination, the gay community has been harassed in both the workplace and on the streets. We recently went thru a period where marriage equality was not allowed in most states. More and more states have changed their rulings on this and allowed gays to marry. This seems to be the last great equality issue we face, but who knows. We may be doing equality for robots in the next 50 years.

9/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Sergio G.
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement created a whole new nation making it more diverse which is now considered a melting pot for all its different cultures put together, but in my eyes I believe we are still not done fighting the issues of discrimination. I believe that race has not been such a big factor anymore, but has change more to the type of person you are. In our society now we discriminate groups of people which people believe is different, but in my view point I believe this is still an issue of equity, and I believe there is really only one solution to solve all these problems. That is to look at everyone the same no matter what they are, who they are, and where they came from because everyone deserve the same possibility to achieve their dreams.

9/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Scotty C.
Bradley/Nimitz
This country has definitely come a long way on civil right's issues. As a white male, I now live in a society where I can learn other culture's backgrounds and am able to learn in a very diverse environment. It has made me more knowledgeable of the world around me, and has given me an opportunity to see and hear many different opinions on a vast array of topics. This would not have been the case if I lived fifty years ago. As for social equality and economic disparities, I do not see much injustice around me. The rate at which minorities and women are being hired seems to be rising every year, and a pay-scale is a pay-scale. I do not see hardly any difference in salary between a white male and minorities or women if they hold the exact same position in a work place.

9/4/2013
Irving/Tx
Miriam
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has affect my life greatly. Today, I can look around the classroom and see a kaleidoscope of people of different colors,races, and genders. Today, I can be friends with anyone I please because I’m not restricted to my race. This I own a lot to the civil rights movement. It has impacted my life in ways I haven’t even thought of. Although we have taken a great step forward, we still aren’t where we need to be. Currently, we still encounter racism and prejudice, we haven’t given the necessary right to gays and lesbian, and gender issues are still unresolved.Our nation still has to address these issues.

9/4/2013
Irving/Texas
Chadwick
Bradley/Nimitz
Given I was born after the main movement in desegregating schools and the workplace, I have known no other way in my life besides social equality. Granted in the workplace I can see the pay gap between women, minorities, and their white male counterparts, and this is something the nation needs to address and resolve as soon as possible as we don’t want to discourage women and minorities from aspiring to reach the highest positions they want to achieve. The country should address these issues by trying to enforce an equal opportunity situation in which those with similar skills, attitudes, and productivity regardless of race and gender be given similar pay. Other social injustices that we face are the differences in educational opportunities before college as those with a higher income are able to let their kids attend the more pristine college preparatory schools or better high schools. This issue more so affects the income level which correlates back to racial and gender issues that may prevent a minority from getting the education they so desire. I agree that college student bodies have become more well rounded and multicultural as well as the opportunities for certain students to get into college easier.

9/3/2013
Irving/Texas
Lyndsey
Bradley/Nimitz
The civil rights movement has positively affected all Americans. Now everyone has the same opportunities, and are treated equally in the fact that there is no segregation. Still people are socially treated differently. For example, the LGBT community is often treated differently because they are not the social norm. They are themselves and society often discriminates.The nation needs to address the fact that one race is not superior, and that no matter what race, or sexuality you are; people are the same. The country should address the economic gap by trying to close the gap instead of making it bigger. After 50 years there are still social and economic injustices. Not all races and genders have complete equal rights.

9/3/2013
Irving/Texas
Imbri
Bradley/Nimitz
Civil Rights has still not been achieved for as those in the Gay community know well. Unfortunately for what was once a great nation, conservatives feel as though paraphrasing a 3500 year old book gives them the right to legislate on other people's live. When all people have the same social rights, the Civil Rights movement will be complete, and only then. As many can tell, America still has a long way to go.

9/3/2013
Irving/Texas
Christian S
Bradley/Nimitz
the civil rights movement has affected my life becuase we all have pretty much equal rights now a days. Everyone is pretty much treated the same and thats good becuase there is not as much hate as there was in that time. The nation has issues surrounding the amount men and women get payed it should be closer together instead of there being a gap. I think there is still some social injustices and racism, racism is never going to completely go away people naturally hate others. But now a days everyone is more understanding of the past that it is not the same as back then.

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