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The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today

List RulesVote up the civil rights issues you care about most deeply. Vote down the issues you don't think are problems.

In a world where stem cell research, robotics, and space travel are commonplace, it's baffling that the civil rights issues listed below are still dominating headlines around the globe. Humanity has made incredible progress in medicine, technology, and agriculture, yet every week there's a new hashtag or protest bringing to light a violation of our most basic civil rights: political and social freedom.

From the late 1940s to the late 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement defended discrimination against African Americans as well as their right to vote. Today, we continue a similar fight that's grown in scope but still revolves around the same basic issues. Hashtags like #Blacklivesmatter, #MeToo, #Dreamers, #Bringbackourgirls, and #WomensMarch have dominated the internet, highlighting current civil rights debates and issues. Though we've made substantial progress, the current problems are just as daunting as the ones that caused sit-ins and boycotts decades ago. 

Which human rights issues are the most important to you? Civil rights in the United States vary from other country's civil issues, but this list isn't limited to issues only seen in the states. Vote up the topics you think are the biggest civil rights issues. 

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    What was once bullying on the playground has morphed, with the age of electronics, into defamation of character via cyber attacks. Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and a handful of other platforms make cyberbullying easy and accessible and it's causing serious mental issues in the youths of today.

    Serious civil rights issue?
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    Women's Rights

    From equal pay to sexual harassment, many believe women still face unfair discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere. 

    Serious civil rights issue?
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    What does privacy even mean in the 21st century? With microphones in cellphones and cameras on laptops, the fine print is allowing our daily lives to be followed, tracked, and turned into algorithms to encourage our consumption. Is the government infringing on our right to privacy? 

    Serious civil rights issue?
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    School Discipline Policies

    Are all students disciplined equally? Or do gender and race play a role in disciplinary actions? Some feel students of color are targeted over their white classmates for similar offenses and wrongdoings. 

    Serious civil rights issue?