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    The Boston Globe published an excellent article yesterday about the Freedom Riders of 1961, as well as the Kennedy brothers' attempt at helping to achieve racial equality.

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    Although some progress had been made against racism in the 1950's (Brown v. the Board of Education in 1954 was one example, and the 1955 Montgomery bus strike was another), it wasn't until the 1960's that genuine progress was made.

    The lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro in 1960 forced Woolworths to integrate their lunch counters nationwide.

    James Meredith was the first black person admitted to the University of Mississippi in 1962.

    The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibited unequal application of voter registration requirements, racial segregation in schools and public accommodations, and employment discrimination. The act "remains one of the most significant legislative achievements in American history.

    Prior to the 1964Act, Negro travelers in the South had to rely on the Green Book (published from 1936 to 1967) to find safe places to have a meal or stay overnight.

    The 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    Interracial marriage was made legal nationwide in 1967.

    The assassination of Martin Luther King triggered riots across the country, and led directly to the Civil Rights Act of 1968, exactly one week after he was killed.

    The struggle for racial equality is a never-ending story - and progress is always painfully slow.

    If took 100 years before an American president would visit Tulsa to commemorate the race riots of 1921, and legislatures across the country are currently passing racist voting laws to prevent minorities from voting, in violation of the provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    If we're luck, the For the People Act will reverse some of the damage, but it is going to be a struggle to get it passed by the Senate.

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    Only in America! I've never seen such in other European countries; of course in the Netherlands they never imported "slaves" either, however they had problems with the "colonies" and people who left the colonies after becoming independent,

    The "Moluks " from Indonesia captured an train, then the air force buzzed it and the military freed the passengers.

    But never had laws or rules to "separate" imports from the "locals"; the laws are applicable and the same for everyone.

    Like I've said many times the laws here are skewed all the way towards "white" superiority since Columbus "found" this "island". Sorry to say the Indians are the only "legal" people here.

    This country still has lots of growing pains, but the stubborn "island" mentality is baked in due to adopting the British "island" mentality. Sorry to say the zillion lawyers here will make sure that the laws stay convoluted and twisted and turned, in order to give the "rich" what they want, since proper "laws" for the rich and powerful were never written.

    It will always stay an battle between the "haves" and the "have not's"; actually the "slave" times never left this country.

    Just count for a change which States will oppose the "For the People Act"; likely those States which are still living in the "slave" times.

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    We still have a long ways to go. There's vote republican signs at several businesses around T or C, some businesses even flaunting rebel flags. I hate it when businesses flaunt their political beliefs openly, even worse, their racist beliefs, to me, that would steer customers away from a business, like myself.