Despite important strides that the United States has made toward racial equality in the 60 years since the March on Washington, we have yet to address the persistent poverty and unemployment that turned Martin Luther King’s dream “into a nightmare.”
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The Americans’ actions at the 1972 Games had echoes of Tommie Smith and John Carlos. But today their story has been largely forgotten. “The whole history of the Olympic movement is rife with antisemitism and racism,” said Harry Edwards
The Republican transformation of the federal judiciary in the 1860s and 1870s served the party well in the Civil War. But in the end, Lincoln and Grant’s high court appointments ended up being disastrous for civil rights.
For only 58 years of the nation’s 246-year-old economy, women have been able to avail themselves — thanks to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act — of the full citizenship that we effectively purchase through our jobs.
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