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Civil Liberties and Civil Rights are not the same thing, but are very distinct parts of our overall freedoms as Americans—the differences might surprise you...Here are the basics of each:
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In order to make it a bit clearer, here in single sentences are the definitions of each and also a common example. Please notice that I also had to use the word “rights” for both definitions.
The problem we often face in trying to understand the differences is due to the use of the words “liberties” and “rights” in the definitions and application of both when discussed.
Civil Liberties: The rights protected by laws to prohibit our government from taking action(s) against us.EXAMPLE: The Freedom of Speech cannot be in any way prohibited by the government.Civil Rights: The equal rights all citizens, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, and/or sexual preference.EXAMPLE: A qualified female cannot be denied a job because she is a woman instead of a man.Civil liberties are the rights our governing documents insure; the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the Amendments clearly layout the areas where the government may not act against us.Civil rights are the equal rights we should all enjoy, and if they are threatened in some way the government is supposed to take action to address the infringement.Should all enjoy…Supposed to take action…It is this concern that made me decide to name my organization Civil Liberty’s Call; my fear that the government was poised to begin compromising—worse yet, changing—our civil liberties, which would in turn lead to even more erosion of hard won civil rights.That our civil rights were peril I already knew. How?I knew every group that candidate Trump had marginalized would be in the crosshairs of the new hard right leaning government:•Mexican-Americans•African-Americans•Women•The Disabled•LGBTQ Community•Students, Primary and Secondary•The Press•Muslims•Jews•The Poor•Veterans and POWsSince the legal documents of this country provide for the civil liberties, the process of assaulting them is decidedly harder, but not impossible. We should be so lucky. Yes, it is important to have the ability to amend our governing documents; times change as do people. We can decide that things like slavery are not what we want to allow as a nation, so we pass the 13th Amendment and slavery is abolished. While this ended a centuries old practice and freed the slaves, it did not grant them equality in terms of their civil rights, however. The fight for African-Americans to gain their equality has moved forward, but it is still not over—just as it is not for women, the disabled, the LGBTQ community, and others. While the momentum had been at least for the most part forward moving, the current political powers in charge, along with a resurging white supremacist and KKK movement, is beginning to reverse the gains in civil rights already.This is the core of what I intend to report on and share my opinions about: The efforts by the government, our government, to reduce our civil liberties and their efforts, along with that of extremists, to limit or reverse our civil rights. While these two things are different, they have similar territory, so close that they are like two halves of a duplex house. Our house… They are OUR liberties and OUR rights and we have more than an opportunity to stand up for what we believe in—we have a responsibility.“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” Edmund BurkeYou can continue to follow the dynamic events of today in theCLC MEDIA CENTER.