Hyatt Almarsoumi 2nd Hour 1/19/2016
Sometimes we have to wonder how we, America, all came together as one. We must think about why we’re free; contemplate what helped us be. As is already known, the United States of America wasn’t always as free as it is now in 2016. There was a time when we were not united at all as a country; a time when skin color determined how free a person was. There were people being segregated and being discriminated against over their skin color for years, and someone finally proposed what we now call the Civil Rights Act. This act is essentially what made America the free country that it is today. It put the “United” in “United States”. The Civil Rights Act changed our country forever because it freed African Americans from legal segregation, public degrading, and it validated that America really was a land of free people. These three concepts will be explained in full shortly.
Of course, pretty much every article out there states the Civil Rights Act and movement were extremely important. Why, though? Why was this act passed? What makes it so important? Some people might even be wondering what in the world it even is! For those who aren’t familiar with this act, here’s a broken down version of it. The Civil Rights Act was thought up by John F. Kennedy, and it was officially passed on June 10th, 1964. This act essentially freed all African Americans from the segregation that was going on legally at the time. “All persons shall be entitled to the full enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, and privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, as defined in this section, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, or natural origin.” (Government, 1964) This is what the actual document states in its main section; 201(a). It’s basically allowing everyone, including African Americans, to enjoy public...