The Help ISU Essay
by Josh Gawreletz
We refer to basic human rights like the freedom of speech and association, liberty, and equal treatment in court as civil rights, because they are fundamental rights that each and every citizen should not be denied on the basis of their sex, race, or religious belief. In the last one-hundred years we, as a human population, have seen many acts of discrimination against our civil rights on a large scale. In Kathryn Stockett’s novel, “The Help” one of those times were brought into light, the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Many say that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, and Bisexual (LGBT) community today experience similar discrimination to the black experience of Southern U.S in the 1960’s because of the fight for civil rights, the fact that members are shunned by their area, and how people actively work against the cause that they try to establish.
You can compare the two civil rights movement by which the definition is laid out, “Civil rights are a class of rights that protect individuals' freedom from unwarranted infringement by governments and private organizations, and ensure one's ability to participate in the civil and political life of the state without discrimination or repression.” This definition is the foundation for both groups idea for success. The fight for this freedom in the African-American context started off on December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, where the young and brave Rosa Parks refused to obey bus driver James F. Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger, through the journey many acts of violence were brought up, such as how D]during the first and subsequent Freedom Rides, activists traveled through the Deep South.  In Anniston, Alabama, one bus was firebombed, forcing its passengers to flee for their lives. In Birmingham, Alabama, an FBI informant reported that Public Safety Commissioner Eugene Connor gave Ku Klux Klan members fifteen...
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