This July marks the 50th anniver­sary of the pas­sage of the Civil Rights Act. The land­mark law, spear­headed by Pres­i­dent John F. Kennedy and signed by Pres­i­dent Lyndon B. Johnson, opened the doors of lib­erty and equality for mil­lions of Amer­i­cans since then. But paying tribute to this momen­tous occa­sion also requires us to think hard on the racial dis­crim­i­na­tion and intense inequality that many Amer­i­cans still face, both on paper and on the ground.

We live in time of intense par­tisan dead­lock fol­lowing one of the worst global finan­cial crises since the Great Depres­sion. Unfor­tu­nately these dif­fi­cult times fall dis­pro­por­tion­ately hard on minori­ties and mem­bers of the working poor, just as mem­bers of the uber-​​affluent “1 per­cent” club are seeing enor­mous returns to cap­ital and favor­able tax breaks.

These eco­nomic trends aren’t occur­ring in a vacuum — they’re polit­ical, and they’re part of a story that tells of the weak­ening of the very pil­lars of the Civil Rights Act: the voting booth, the work­place, and the classroom.

Read the article at The Boston Globe →