No matter how far our country has progressed as far racial inequality issues go, the fact is that there is much, much more that must be done before we can claim that we have really achieved true equality. Sadly, the reality is that this country was formed on a foundation of slavery, and that issue has continued to haunt the United States throughout our history.
Moving Forward With Civil Rights
The history of racial progress in the United States is long and complex. The issue of slavery was the source of heated debate at the time the US government was first formed, as the southern states were loathe to give up the free labor that ran their plantations and brought landowners a large profit. The original statesmen who wrote the constitution were forced to make a “deal with the devil,” as far as slavery was concerned, in order to get the US government formed. This left us with a country formed by people who had fought a revolution based on the concept of equality, yet who also seemed to condone the concept of slavery. Finally, of course, the issue came to a boiling point during the Civil War, which ultimately resulted in the southern landowners being forced to free their slaves.
The Evolution of Civil Rights
We all know that the fight for racial equality is one that has never ended, and it is one that must continue on and be fought continually until civil rights for all are finally achieved. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., brought the issue of equality into the public consciousness in the 1960s as the Civil Rights movement came to the fore, and he lost his life for it. Today, we are fighting the same battles, but the reality is that we must never give up until every citizen can really claim equal rights for themselves.