Civil Rights Movement Pros And Cons

Topics: Montgomery Bus Boycott, African American, Martin Luther King / Pages: 7 (1721 words) / Published: Oct 26th, 2016
Actor and Civil Rights activist, Isaiah Washington once stated, “Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad, and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply ‘stay at home’ from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America. I’m pretty sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL… Black Lives Would Matter” (Puglise). Since then, Washington has led movements against police brutality such as the #StayAtHomeSeptember262016 movement. However, more people must band together to fight the racial violence that is spiraling throughout the United States today. Although some people may wrongly criticize the boycotts, stating that movements …show more content…
One example of this is the Moscow Olympic Boycott that took place in 1980. The US Department of State archived that on December 27, 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan and said that the process would be “quick and uncontested” (US Department of State). However the invasion led to much greater conflict in the Central Asia region. If the invasion continued, the boycott would take place. Not many countries governments were supportive of the boycott until January 1980, when Russian dissident Andrei Sakharov announced the Russian boycott of the Games. On January 14th, the US set a deadline and if Soviet troops were not out of Afghanistan by then they would call for an international boycott of the Games. Eventually, the deadline passed and the Carter administration announced the US boycott of the Games. In total, by the time the Games began, 65 nations refused to take part, and only 88 countries did take part. Some countries put the decision on the athlete, which meant that if they wanted to compete they could, but their nation’s government would not be there. In the United States’ case, the government supported the boycott, as did the USOC, or United States Olympic Committee, which meant there would be absolutely no representatives of the United States at the games. This boycott, along with the Soviet Union’s boycott of the 1984 Los Angeles games are a factor in the …show more content…
By joining the fight, like Dr. Martin Luther King did in the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Joshua King is doing today in his own boycott, we can fight racial injustice. Boycotts have been proven to effectively work in the past, so they will now too. Moreover, in order to prevent any more police brutality and racial violence, we must enact peaceful protest and

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