Civil Rights are a group of rights that protect individual’s freedom from unprovoked encroachment from other individuals, organizations, and governments. These basic rights are essential rights for an individual to truly pursue happiness as the Declaration of Independence States. These rights are most known when we think of the “black civil rights movement” even though they have always been around throughout history. The purpose of that movement was for blacks and other minorities to have equal rights with the rest of Americans. These rights can include; freedom of speech, right to assemble, freedom of religion, and other procedural rights to fair trials and impartial taxation.
The purpose of Civil Rights was to end discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation and any other natural distinction. Civil Rights are important to protect the individual from the tyranny and injustice of the majority. You guarantee peace and stability if you protect the minorities in a country.
The more protected we are as an individual the more we can pursue what is written in the second sentence of the declaration of independence. It reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
If we were not protected by civil rights than we could be discriminated against and would not be able to exercise are rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This would cause chaos and oppression for those that may not fall into the correct class or ethnicity. These rights allow you to become whomever you want without fear or reproach. These rights have made the United States a beacon to the rest of the world.