As we reflect on the state of civil rights in the country on the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s famous speech in Washington D.C., the focus has rightly been on the progress we have made since that day. But while we should certainly reflect on this progress as a country, we should not allow this to lose sight of the progress still to be made within our communities.
The story of civil rights in the past often blurs our vision of the future because we view this issue dominantly in black and white terms and with hardly any mention of gender.
The civil rights struggle was and is not only about power structures that privilege whites over blacks, from our justice system to education. But as minorities gradually become integrated into the decision-making process of our democracy we must be vigilant not to assume that minorities are not susceptible to…
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