In the 2012, presidential election, 60.8% of African-Americans came out to vote (Flippen). Today, The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People works to preserve the rights of African-Americans and other minorities, by refreshing the Voting Rights Act, every time it is near its expiration (NAACP). Although African-American males gained the right to vote, women have been fighting for this right all along. The fight for women’s voting rights, began long before, in 1948 (CUNY). The women wrote the “Declaration of Sentiments” after the “Declaration of Independence” (CUNY).
How have voting rights been expanded through constitutional amendments? In the Fifteenth Amendment, African American men were guaranteed the right to vote. In the Seventeenth Amendment, the people could vote for U.S. senators. Before hand, state legislatures voted the Senators. The Nineteenth Amendment grants women the right to vote.
The women’s suffrage movement paved the way for equal voting rights for all women throughout the twentieth century. Many strong and inspiring women fought for the rights that we now have today. One of them, including Alice Paul. Paul played a major role in pressuring Congress to pass the 19th amendment. Instead of sitting quietly in peaceful protests and campaigns, she refused to be a small voice in a sea of power-hungry men and oppressed women and made herself and women’s struggles known to America.
African Americans gained the right to vote by the 15th Amendment in 1870, but in the South especially, white people in power used loopholes to make it so that African Americans were not able to vote. They used literacy tests and poll taxes, and there was also much violence against African Americans in the South. It wasn’t until the Civil Rights movement that eventually created the 24th Amendment, banning poll taxes,
Everyone should be getting free rights, but this was not the case, until the other groups started fighting back. The women of the United States were one group who stood up and fought for their rights, ending women’s suffrage. They fought against the intersectionalities that had been set by society based on their gender. In the First
Recently, gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states. Most Americans accept it; as America is becoming more open and tolerant of same-sex marriage. They believe that everyone should be able to love and be with whoever they want. On the other hand there are many who wholeheartedly disagree and believe that marriage is exclusively shared between a man and a woman. A county clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky with this belief refused to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple.
Back in 1776 slavery was still legalized. It was not until December 18, 1865 that slavery ended in the United States (Huffington). Even after slavery ended, it only gave the men more of a chance to be equal to a white man by owning land and having other small rights given to them. African American women did not receive those same rights until 1920. Native American’s were also not considered when creating the Declaration of Independence.
So it just makes sense that each individual has different aspirations and different actions to obtain them. However, what is wrong with society is that people are trying to mold others into being just like each other. Everyone nowadays has to learn the same way, know the same stuff, and be someone that they truly are not. Our country is based off of the belief that everyone has the right to be who they want to be and what they want to believe in. This belief is overshadowed by the ignorance of the people who run the country.
In an 1890 interview with The Voice, Frances Willard vocalized concern over the value of black voters, asserting stereotypes about black men as being drunken rapists, and therefore a threat to white womanhood. In the interview, she claims not only that "the colored race multiplies like the locusts of Egypt." but "the grog shop is its center of power. The safety of women, of childhood, of the home is menaced in a thousand localities at this moment so that [white] men dare not go beyond the sight of their own roof-tree" Because of Willard's statements, the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), of which she was the president of, has been frequently dismissed by historians as racist. In spite of Willard and historians, the organization was placed in a position of importance by many black women of the time, viewed as one of the best institutions to establish interracial cooperation (Gilmore
Around fifty years ago, civil rights activist Martin Luther King dreamed about a United States that is free of racism, where all people regardless of the color of their skin would live peacefully and equally. Fifty years later, this dream of King, who died for this very cause, could be said to have been realized, albeit not thoroughly. Although it cannot be argued that the minority groups in the US have become more accepted into the society and are receiving the same rights as the White Americans for being citizens of the US, it also cannot be denied that there are still instances of racism that happen in the modern American society. The only difference, and could be a great development, is that these instances of racism are found more in the