Reflections on Race Relations
by Camel on February 7, 2016 - 1:22pm
The evolution of the Civil Rights movement today has taken a turn towards violence and upheaval of authority. The major difference between the early Civil Rights movement and today’s is the early movement had defined goals. During the Civil Rights Movement, much of the earlier attention was towards the right to vote; however, the movement today has shifted to distributing attention on many injustices surrounding racial tensions. Ultimately, there is a loss in identity in today's movement because of how many issues are trying to be solved, and a taboo nature has been created surrounding race, forcing mainstream people into an awkward predicament.
Countless groups during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s worked tirelessly to register African American voters in order to influence their political system. Through the work of the NAACP, Freedom Summer, and local community organizers, African Americans began to fight for the right to vote and change their destiny. Clearly there was pushback from white society in both Northern and Southern areas, but this did not stop African Americans to start organizing politically units. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s (MFDP) Frannie Lou Hamer shocked the nation when she lobbied for her right to a delegate seat, and slowly awareness spread and acceptance followed. This vibe of revolution and the dawn of a new era has not been seen since and this is because of the new Civil Right’s unknown agenda.
We live in a society that was built on slavery and racism. Even with the right to vote, racial injustice remains a factor in the incarceration rates, healthcare, police brutality, access to equal opportunities, etc. With one in three black men having the likelihood of going to prison, compared to the one in 17 for white men, there is serious anxiety, but also questioning, of the police system for profiling and the education system for not providing equal opportunities. Yet, within this web of problems, the “black lives matter” movement has not taken on a target. The phrase, “black lives matter,” indicates a desperation among African Americans to feel worth and value in society. Where the movement starts to take a turn is when violence erupts. When there starts to be monetary damages as well as civilians being affected in negative ways, the movement is counter productive.
Thus, our society has come a long way since the 1960s, but there are still injustices in Civil Rights leader’s wake. For Americans, race is too much of a unpolitically-correct trap that no one is willing to take the issues and change. When we are too scared to talk about the issues, only the radical opinions are heard, which is completely counter intuitive to achieving a mass consensus. Violence cannot be the answer to these major crisis’ and controlled focus needs to be the direction of Civil Rights movements today.