The civil rights movement in the United States was nothing short of epic. And it really was befitting of the United States considering what we claim to stand for. Some say that we went too far, and actually in many cases promoted those who had been pushed down before above those races and nationalities who once controlled everything. They call it reverse discrimination.
Nevertheless, perhaps you’d like to discuss this topic in depth, but you don’t have the knowledge base necessary to do so. If this is the case there is an excellent book that I have on my bookshelf at home in my law library (one medium sized book case) that I could very much recommend to you. The name of the book is;
“Equal Justice under the Law; the Supreme Court in American Life” by the Federal Bar Association, 1965.
This book discusses civil rights in a way that no other book has. Many of the top legal thinkers of the day contributed to this work and it you will give you a broader understanding as to how the legal framework assisted in providing a fair platform for all. Many of the ideals that are wrapped up in this book, are more of the way we wish it was than it actually is, and I guess everything looks better on paper than works in real life.
The reality is the United States of America is work in progress, and it always has been. Our laws aren’t perfect and although we’d like to think there is equal justice for all, it doesn’t always work out that way, but for the most part it leans towards fair justice for all, and indeed that’s about all we can hope to expect.
We must remember that our judges, our lawyers, and our citizens, along with all the politicians we vote into office are after all humans and they are fallible. This is a great book to read if you’d like to discuss the philosophical points of interest and contention having to do with civil rights and equal justice under the law. Please consider all this.
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