In Indianapolis, Washington, a controversial photo has been used to urge people to vote. However, the picture has sparked a lot of controversy. The sign is in front of Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. The sign says, “Vote”, but one side of the sign shows slaves in chains with wording beneath the picture stating, “Lest we forget.” The other side of the sign shows a picture of the lynching of two black men in the 1930’s. Pastor of the church, Pastor Joy Thornton, is supporting the sign and put the sign up himself, stating that, “It’s to let people know there’s been a price paid for the privilege of voting.” Full article: http://www.wishtv.com/dpp/news/local/marion_county/pastor-lynching-photo-shown-to-urge-people-to-vote?hpt=us_bn9
Civil Rights have changed since 1964 because of crimes such as the one committed above. Namely, two major laws have come into effect to give aggrieved persons a recourse for their injuries and sue the wrong-doer. In 1964, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act was enacted to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin in the workplace and in society in general. Then in 2000, the Hate Crimes Act of 2000 was enacted by NY, in which a person commits a hate crime when he or she commits a specified offense and either:
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