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Civil Rights In a Democracy the majority does not need any protection because it is the majority which has control However as seen through history even majorities can be tyrannical and the minority needs protection from them Civil rights is the term used when speaking of the privileges immunities and practices of freedom which are protected from violation by other citizens That is the definition of civil rights although when most people think of civil rights they instantly think it means black civil rights This is understandable since blacks more than any other minority group in America have had the toughest and therefore the best known struggle for equal rights This is due to the fact that most of the majority believed that when the people in the minority group are of another color they are also different in other ways and therefore not entitled to quite the same rights and privileges This belief was not limited to just the South Discrimination ha s always been pervasive throughout all of Western civilization This racist ideology has held the African Americans down in America for many years It was not more than 150 years ago that Blacks were considered so inferior that they were held as slaves African Americans have fought hard against the overwhelming racist powers to earn the rights that they have now To say it has been a battle for civil rights is an understatement It has been a hard fought war A battle implies one fight one clash But it has taken fight after fight for African Americans to earn their freedom and equal rights After earning freedom from slavery Blacks fought for more than one hundred years to be considered equals in society That struggle reached its climax during the1960s when the biggest gains in the area of civil rights were made Up to that time blacks and whites remained separate and blacks were still treated as inferiors
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