|Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1964 (via Wikimedia Commons)|
The Civil Rights Movement brought an end to racial discrimination deeply embedded in many local, state, and federal laws. Policies that imposed poll taxes, prohibited interracial marriages, and allowed "separate but equal" schools and business were common throughout several parts of the country.
Dr. King helped lead a movement that tore down the wall of discrimination. But while the Civil Rights Movement brought an end to many racial injustices, several still remain.
- In 2013, one in three black men can expect to end up in prison at least once in their lifetime.
- People of color make up 60 percent of our prison population though are only 30 percent of our total U.S. population.
- Black students are more likely to be disciplined in schools compared to white students.
- Native American students drop out of high school at far greater rates than other students.
- Complaints of workplace discrimination are not dwindling - quite the opposite.
(Tune into TVW today to hear lawmakers from both chambers pay tribute to Dr. King.)
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