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Ayd Asraf

Corporate Senior IT Executive - Release Team, Aramex International

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Since we are in 2012, do you think that we really done with African-Americans and other minorities discrimination ?

In a day like Today, Precisely on September 9, 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1957. Originally proposed by Attorney General Herbert Brownell, the Act marked the first occasion since Reconstruction that the federal government undertook significant legislative action to protect civil rights. Although influential southern congressman whittled down the bill?s initial scope, it still included a number of important provisions for the protection of voting rights. It established the Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department, and empowered federal officials to prosecute individuals that conspired to deny or abridge another citizen's right to vote. Moreover, it also created a six-member U.S. Civil Rights Commission charged with investigating allegations of voter infringement. But, perhaps most importantly, the Civil Rights Act of 1957 signaled a growing federal commitment to the cause of civil rights.It was the first of several civil rights acts over the next several decades to protect the rights of African-Americans and other minorities. VOA's Deborah Block has details. After 55 years from this do you think that we really done with African-Americans and other minorities discrimination ?

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    Sep 9 2012: We need to strive for a society that protects minority rights; and a society that does not relent in its fight against injustice. There can be no perfect society. But we have to do our best. I think the United States is on the right path as far as minority rights is concerned.
    One important thing to note is that laws can not eradicate injustice and discrimination and racism. There are laws against murder, rape,corruption and other societal ills; but laws can not end such evils because freedom means the possibility of making the wrong choice. There will always be those people who will harm others with their freedom.
    What is important is that a society makes its stand known on this issues; and the constitution of the United States is clear on the issue of human rights and justice.
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    Sep 9 2012: I think Feyisayo offers a wise and excellent reply. Laws do not erase people's prejudices toward or misconceptions about others based on ethnicity, religion, age, gender and so forth.

    As Feyisayo writes: What is important is that a society makes its stand known on this issues; and the constitution of the United States is clear on the issue of human rights and justice.
    Words alone don't constitute a stand. Continuing work to get more right and less wrong is another piece of the answer.
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    Sep 12 2012: Good heavens - no we are not done with discrimination. When the economy goes into a tail spin, the blacks are hit hardest and are last to recover. In about 30 states, a person can be fired for being a homosexual. In a growing number of states, women are being denied the right to own their own bodies and they are still not receiving equal pay for equal work. More and more states are requiring photo voter ID to disenfranchise the poor, the elderly, and young people.

    We should be done with it, but we're not.
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    Sep 10 2012: Feyisayo offers good counsel. A lot has been done and a lot need to still be done. I think there are several issues at hand. There is money and political advantage in keeping the "fight" alive. Jessy Jackson could never have become a millionaire as he has never had a job according to his mother. Thousands of jobs would be lost, no need for the NAACP, ACORN, Black Colleges, Black only pagents, and hundreds of government agencies, etc.... Hiring would be done on merit not the color of skin.

    The most racist thing in the US is the Native Americans and Reservations. There is no people in the world that are relagatied to a specific are by the federal government. Why is there no outrage.

    Government intervention is not always a good thing.

    Question: With all of the human trafficking going on all over the world .... Why is the US still the focus for getting slaves from Jamiaca 150 years ago.

    There have been salves and indentured servants for centuries and it is still going on today. There will always be discrimination over wealth, economics, race, position, etc .... The new in thing is to hate the wealthy (1%) as they are cause of all of your problems. Leaders have used this tactic for centuries. Its not my fault ... I am your friend .. kill the rich guy or what ever else works. This is done so that you will not see the existing problems but your attention is directed eslswhere. Just like a magician.

    US history shows that the Chinese, Irish, and many others were discriminated against and sought and killed in some cases. Religious wars against Mormons and others. I think it is wrong to focus so narrowly on the plight of the Black only.

    I admire a politically correct answer but does it really discuss the issue in true TED fashion?

    All the best. Bob