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The American civil rights movement Civil rights politics in the United States has its roots in the movement to end discrimination against African Americans. Though slavery was abolished and former slaves were officially granted political rights after the Civil War, in most Southern states African Americans continued to be systematically disenfranchised and excluded from public life, leading them to become perpetual second-class citizens.
By the s the marginalization of African Americans, often taking an extremely violent form, had spurred a social movement of epic proportions. The American civil rights movement, based mainly in African American churches and colleges of the South, involved marches, boycottsand extensive efforts of civil disobediencesuch as sit-ins, as well as voter education and voting drives.
Most of these efforts were local in scope, but the impact was felt at the national level—a model of civil rights organizing that has since spread all over the globe.
Civil rights movements across the globe In the s the Roman Catholic -led civil rights movement in Northern Ireland was inspired by events in the United States.
Its initial focus was fighting discriminatory gerrymandering that had been securing elections for Protestant unionists. Later, internment of Catholic activists by the British government sparked both a civil disobedience campaign and the more radical strategies of the Irish Republican Army IRA.
A high-profile civil rights movement led to the end of the South African system of racial segregation known as apartheid.
International pressure combined with internal upheaval led to the eventual lifting of the ban on the African National Congressthe major black party in South Africaand the release from prison of Nelson Mandela in Mandela later became the first black president of South Africa, in A more recent movement that has striking parallels to both the American civil rights movement and the South African struggle against apartheid is the civil disobedience and political activism of the Dalits in India.
The Dalits—formerly known as "untouchables" and now officially designated Scheduled Castes —constitute some one-sixth of the Indian population.
Dalit activism led to great victories, including the election of Kocheril Raman Narayanan to the presidency. The fact that the president of India is elected by parliament, whose members come principally from the upper castes, underlines how much the mentality has changed.
In addition to these international movements, many groups in the United States have been inspired by the successes of the American civil rights movement to fight for government protections, with varying degrees of success.
Most notably, womenhaving gained the right to vote in via constitutional amendmentalso have made many gains in the area of employment rights.
A number of other groups were the focus of civil rights movements since the s. In the U. Congress passed the Indian Civil Rights Act.
Latinos and Asian Americans fought for increased civil rights based on a history of discrimination over race, religion, language, and immigrant status.
There were some successes in the form of provisions for bilingual education and affirmative action programs. More recently, Arab Americans and homosexuals took centre stage in the struggle to achieve equal protection and equal opportunity in American society. After the terrorist attacks of September 11,Arab Americans suffered from heightened levels of discrimination and hate crimes and had to conform to government policies that restricted their liberties, as codified in the controversial USA PATRIOT Act of The homosexual rights movement made some major gains in the late s and early s.
Some states allow same-sex marriageand others grant benefits to same-sex civil partnerships, but there is mixed national opinion about whether or not homosexuals should be allowed to marry. In reaction to these developments, some social conservatives in the U.FOIA Exemptions.
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