Inequality. Discrimination. Brutality. Injustice. I find it sickening and shameful that in 2020 these words encapsulate what it means to be a Black American.
That the legacy of slavery lives on, centuries later, in a nation where the Declaration of Independence declares “all men are created equal,” should give every citizen pause, and inspire immediate and lasting change. Violence, brutality, racial slurs, and derogatory comments are far too common. Abuse of fellow citizens has to end.
But I also recognize that it will take more than basic human decency to effect real change.
Aiming for inclusion
From the Birmingham jail, where he was imprisoned for peaceably demonstrating against segregation, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote, “Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider.” Yet, too often, even now, decades after the civil rights movement, Black Americans are treated as outsiders, in many aspects of life, including when it comes to employment opportunities.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, which amended Title VII, gives the Equal Employment
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