Civil Right And Voting

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Assess why government intervention (in the form of the 13th Amendment ending slavery and the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act of the 1960’s) to ensure equality of opportunity was historically necessary to correct tremendous injustices, and also take a stance on what role, if any, government should play today to ensure equal opportunity. Should the government play any role in ensuring equality of outcome? Why or why not? Is equality of outcome a desirable goal? Why or why not? It’s important first before we talk about equal opportunity and race in America that we define voting rights, civil rights, equal opportunity, and equality outcome. The 13th Amendment was important because it was the abolishment of slavery. “This point is underscored by the fact that, although slavery was abolished by constitution amendment, not one word of the original text was amended or deleted” (Spalding, 463). Voting Rights Act prohibits states from imposing voting qualifications for voting, on standards, practices, or procedures that deny or take the right of a U.S. citizen to vote because of race, color, or a language minority group. The Civil Rights Act of the 1960’s protects voting rights and prohibits of discrimination in employment and education on the basis of age, color, race, religion, or sex. Equal opportunity guarantees both federal and many state laws against any discrimination in employment, education, housing, or credit rights due to a person's race, color, sex, religion, national origin, or other. Equality of outcome is basically giving you the guarantee outcome of something without having to take the risk. Racial equality isn’t a new term by any means; it has been a discussion since America’s beginning. Although slavery is a critical part of American history, I don’t want it to be the main focus of this essay. Simply expressing that America has been aware
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