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Happy Birthday, Civil Rights Act of 1964

Discussion in 'North American Politics' started by Stevicus, Jul 2, 2020.

  1. Stevicus

    Stevicus Veteran Member
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    Well, it was 56 years ago today that the famous Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law by President Johnson. It was originally proposed by President Kennedy.

    Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Wikipedia

    While there were other Civil Rights Acts, this one is often referred to as the Civil Rights Act since it was so far reaching.

    Recent events and the outcry would suggest that America hasn't really changed that much since the pre-Civil Rights era. Many of the same problems and attitudes still exist, but it's also true that many things have changed since then.

    For those who are old enough to remember what life was like before the Civil Rights era, I'd be interested in hearing your perspectives.

    In the area of Civil Rights, has America changed during your lifetime? Or do you still see things as the same as they used to be?
     
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  2. tytlyf

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    As a democrat, I support the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
     
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  3. Sunstone

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    The Civil Rights Act was the only thing of a political nature that was ever discussed at any meeting of my cub scout troop. One of the parents, a doctor, told us about it, told us why it was needed, and urged us to treat blacks with respect and dignity. This was in a small, Midwestern town. There was only one black kid in cub scouts at the time, and he was not present for that particular meeting since he belonged to an older age group.
     
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  4. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    The America of that time and today are so different that it boggles my mind. Having a black President was inconceivable back then. Medgar Evans wife said she never expected Mississippi to get rid of the Conferderate battle flag from their state emblem in her lifetime. Whites are seeing in the news media every day the racism that blacks knew about from the time they were small children until the day they died.

    The journey is not finished, of course, but it's much further along than back then.
     
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