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The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today

Updated September 14, 2020 37.5k votes 3.9k voters 59.4k views34 items

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 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. 

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    Human Trafficking is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Human Trafficking

    The criminal industry of human trafficking takes away millions of lives per year and brings in billions of dollars of revenue. Human traffic affects almost every country on the planet. Learn more here

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    Sexual Violence And Rape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Sexual Violence And Rape

    Sexual harassment and assault seem to be rampant in the workplace and college campuses across the country. Are we doing enough to protect Americans from sexual predators? 

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    Racism is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Racism

    Some people think it's more relevant than ever while others think we left racial injustices back in the 20th century. What do you think?

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    Mental Health Awareness/Suppor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Mental Health Awareness/Support

    One in five Americans are diagnosed with a mental health condition. Yet, there is still a lot of stigma surrounding mental illness and many people fear reaching out to get help. Should we be doing more to support those suffering from mental illness? 

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    Child Labor/Child Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Child Labor/Child Soldiers

    Should the United States be doing more to prevent exploitation of children for labor and military services throughout the world? 

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    Migration is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Migration

    While advocates for border walls and travel bans claim our country lacks the resources to take in new citizens, many people feel racially based fears are the driving force behind closing our borders. What's the most ethical way we can approach immigration into the United States? 

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    Labor Rights is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Labor Rights

    The garment and agricultural industry have been abusing child and forced labor laws for decades. If you're against the assembly line exploitation of children and adults, learn what you can do to help here

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    Homelessness is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Homelessness

    In America alone, over half a million people sleep on the streets and many homeless people have untreated mental health issues. How big of an issue is homelessness to us as a nation? What do we do to prevent the number of homeless from growing?

     

     

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    Surveillance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Surveillance

    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? 

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    Healthcare is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Healthcare

    Not all Americans have equal access to affordable healthcare. People with preexisting conditions and people in lower income brackets may struggle to find affordable care. 

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    Police Brutality is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Police Brutality

    Over the last decade we've seen too many headlines announcing police killed or severely injured an unarmed Black man or woman. A majority of the responsible officers aren't even charged with murder. How do we stay safe from the people who are supposed to be protecting us?

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    Freedom Of Speech is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Freedom Of Speech

    There are more public platforms than ever, allowing an outlet for passionate conversations and opinionated statements. How much can big businesses censor this type of conversation? When does censorship because an attack on our first amendment rights?

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    Voter ID Laws is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Voter ID Laws

    Are Voter ID Laws a valid way to ensure everyone votes legally or a means to keep certain Americans from reaching the polls? Some feel Voter ID Laws are a sly way to prevent people from certain racial groups and people from low income communities from voting. 

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    Forced Disappearances is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Forced Disappearances

    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?

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    Women's Rights is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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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. 

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    Disability Rights is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Disability Rights

    From housing to schools to the workplace, are we making sure Americans with disabilities are accommodated? 

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    Torture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Torture

    Should torture be an ethical and permissible means for our government to obtain important information? Or is it cruel and unusual punishment that should be outlawed? 

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    Abortion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Abortion

    Many feel abortion is a safe, necessary medical procedure, and restricting abortion access is a civil rights violation. 

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    Cyberbullying is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Cyberbullying

    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.

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    Gender Equality is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Gender Equality

    Regardless of how you identify, all persons should have the same opportunities. Are people of all genders treated equally in education, the work force, entertainment, or other places? 

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    Prison And Jail Conditions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Prison And Jail Conditions

    African Americans and Hispanic Americans are incarcerated at significantly higher rates than white Americans, and Americans in lower income brackets also serve time far more often than the wealthy. Is our prison system unfairly prejudiced? 

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    Refugee Rights is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Refugee Rights

    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?

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    School Discipline Policies is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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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. 

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    Housing Discrimination is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Housing Discrimination

    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? 

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    Unemployment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Civil Rights Issues Today
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    Unemployment

    We saw unemployment rates go down drastically in Obama's second term, and it continues to move down in 2018. However, unemployment rates remain high for some racial and ethnic minorities, even though data shows high rates of education and skill within these populations. Is discrimination to blame? 

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