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 in the past year, 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 60 years 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 topic you think is the biggest civil rights issue.
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was initiated by Obama in 2012 and allowed those who entered the country illegally as minors to defer deportation and receive a work permit. In late 2017, Trump announced he would be ending the DACA program in 2018.
What should America's role be in immigration? And once a refugee seeks asylum in this country, what should their path to citizenship look like?
In some countries, people are secretly abducted and then imprisoned by the state. How many more will go missing before we find a way to combat the powerful and corrupt establishments orchestrating such abductions?
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.
The Fair Housing Act of 1988 prevents landlords and real estate agents from discriminating based on gender, race, disability, familial status, and national origin. Are we doing enough to make sure this act is enforced? Given some cities remain heavily segregated, are all Americans really treated equally when it comes to applying for leases and mortgages?
2016 marked the lowest number of executions in the past 25 years, but the US is still one of the only developed countries that believes in capital punishment, along with China, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Pakistan. Is capital punishment a fair consequence of crime or a human rights violation?
In the past year, there's been a steep rise in public white supremacy activism. Over a dozen rallies have been held and, in some of these cases, the government defines their actions as freedom of speech. At what cost?
While employment discrimination against gender is prohibited, the DOJ recently disclosed that the Gender Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act provides no protection from discrimination while at work. This and other issues - such as hate crimes, marriage equality, and the right to enlist in the military - put LGBT rights at the forefront of the minds of many.
Are drone attacks counterterrorism or the mass killing of innocent people?