Civil Rights – History and Analysis

As mentioned elsewhere on this site, there are a few controversies surrounding civil rights, such as the fact that in many countries, citizens have a greater protection of civil rights than non-citizens.

There are more issues on hand, as well.

Problems and Analysis

Another question that has emerged in regards to civil rights is the following: to what extent should the government be allowed to intervene to protect persons from civil rights infringement by other individuals, or from corporations. Here’s an example: How should the government deal with (if at all) the way people choose to gamble in the privacy of their own homes? Does the government have a right to prevent US citizens from gambling online. Well apparently it does since in 2006 the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) was passed by the US Congress. This Act aimed to prevent the transfer of funds, via credit cards in particular, between individuals and businesses for the purposes of gambling.The Act put a real juggernaut in the way people were able to deposit monies into the casino account or receive payouts. After an initial freak out period for the banks and credit card companies, online casino games such as slots for US players are now easily available. More US players than ever are flocking to the numerous online gambling web sites that cater to US players. We suspect the 2006 the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is eventually going to be changed or repealed. Already not only have some states started to regulate online gambling for their citizens, but some of the big land based casinos are getting in on the action setting up their own online casinos. Too bad that other civil rights’ issues could be solved as easily.

Here is one key civil rights issue that has cropped up in relatively recent US history:

After the Civil War, Africans Americans were undoubtedly treated badly. Poor jobs, that paid poorly. One main contention / focus of civil rights violation was found in segregation – the separating of blacks from whites in public buildings, including schools. In 1909, NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) was formed to push and for their civil rights. As a direct result of that formation, in a famous case called Brown vs. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that segregation of public schools by race absolutely violates the Constitution. Another key supporter of the non-violent civil rights movement was, of course, Martin Luther King Jr.

Civil Rights History

In addition to the African American plight for civil rights equality in the US, there have been other groups that have fought hard for equal civil rights, including women, immigrant groups such as the Irish, Chinese and Japanese and religious groups. The newest group fighting for their civil rights is the gay community. Some states have recognized gay marriages and civil rights for gay couples. But there is push back by certain religious and political fractions.

Fast forward to 2015 where there has been a reassessment regarding how far African Americans’ civil rights have both progressed and stalled. Yes we did elect an the first African American president, but the huge gap that still remains in discrimination against non whites remains in many places. Perhaps it is not so blatant, but flagrant abuse remains.

Canada has also had its share of key events, and one of its most notable is the Gouzenko Affair, which you can learn more about on this site.


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