Interesting Facts about Civil Rights Act

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The Civil Rights Act in 1957 was held as a historic revolution because it was the foremost distinguishable civil rights bill of the 20th Century to be passed by the Congress. The new laws were enforced quite badly just to be criticized by the southern Democrats in Senate.

This law of Civil Rights had no such impact on racial discomforts in the United States. There are many interesting facts about the Civil Rights Act. Some of them have been mentioned below:

  • President John F. Kennedy had sent a strong message to the Congress on February 28, 1963. It was about the requesting an urgent legislation for the civil rights. The message showed how the nation would differentiate between African-American babies born to white babies born at the same time.

  • His statement was not supported with strong legislative proposals of civil rights. Therefore President Kennedy started recommending to small developments like in voting rights but it was not much effective in South.

  • President Kennedy also rendered technical support to disintegrating district schools. The government was aware of the problems of civil rights but could not bring about significant change. Kennedy could now only pass major tax- reduction bills and other economic ideas through Congress by curbing the Southerners in Democratic fold.

  • Howard Smith, Chairman of the House Rules Committee in the year 1963 opposed to the legislations of civil rights. He was a staunch southern Democrat. He clearly used his power and rights to delay the civil rights bill.

  • James O. Eastland, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee was a conservative contender who was a Democrat as well from the Mississippi region. He used his Judiciary Committee Chairmanship to curb more than a hundred civil rights bills proposed from the period 1950 to late 1960.

  • The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) had been collecting data since 1968 on nation’s key education as civil rights issues in the country’s public schools. The CRDC was known as the Elementary and Secondary School Survey in early days.

  • In U.S, about 40% of the public schools do not have the facility of pre-school. Pre-school is still not known is many countries while in some countries it’s just part time pre-schooling.

  • African-American students comprise about 18% of the total enrollment in pre-school. Among the remaining, 42% students of pre-school have been suspended once while 48% have been suspended more than once. The condition is pretty deplorable.

  • The schools offer full fledged science courses like algebra, geometry, calculus, physics, chemistry and biology. It is reported that 81% African American students attend these schools while only 71% of white students are seen in these schools.

  • Students less than half of Native-Alaskan high school students and American Indians have taken up the proper course of science and math in high schools. Only 63% of physically challenged students, 67% Latino students, and 57% African-American students have also pursued the course only for the sake of the Civil Rights Act.

The Civil Rights bill had to face a bunch of obstacles in the Senate. The Southern Democratic senators have clearly proved over the years that they can go upto any extend to kill a bill that proposes civil rights.

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