Civil Rights to American Dream Essay

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Civil Rights Abraham Sirkin Ms. Lundgren English 11 April 28, 2015 The American Dream is the ideal that every United States citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination and initiative. Since the beginning of time men and women have been trying to create equal grounds for everyone. For over 90 years African-Americans have been trying to get the same rights as everyone else. A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with another gives rise to an action for injury. For many Americans the American Dream is living in a country where all citizens have equal rights, opportunities, and no discrimination; but this is not true. During the 1950’s to the end of the 1960’s African Americans and minorities will never truly have everything equal because of discrimination, racism, and benefits that are not there for them. Discrimination is the unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people or things, especially on the grounds of race, age, or sex. Throughout history this happened in almost any civilization, but the biggest problem was during the 1950’s to the 1960’s. Civil rights in America was one of the biggest problems we as a nation have seen. Many African-Americans and minorities have been discriminated against some of their most basic rights. Skrentny says, “to claim that skin color and so forth no longer matters, is to really engage in a myth that is soothing, but at the same time, does not address reality”(Chow, 3). To say that discrimination never exists or does not exist in the government and the people is a lie. No matter where somebody goes there will be discrimination right around the corner. This discrimination also denied African-Americans and minorities some of their most basic rights. Many of them were denied their voting rights and other civil

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