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NCJ Number: 165507 Find in a Library
Title: Civil Rights Movement Has Become a Victimhood Competition (From America's Victims: Opposing Viewpoints, P 54-57, 1996, David Bender, Bruno Leone, et al, eds. -- See NCJ-165502)
Author(s): R J Neuhaus
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The author believes that overstated claims for special rights by interest groups such as women, gays, the disabled, and other minorities trivialize the worthy goals of the original civil rights movement and that competition for entitlements by victimized groups produces divisiveness in American society.
Abstract: The civil rights movement for blacks in the 1950's and 1960's became the model for other minorities and developed into an all-purpose movement of group victimization and special entitlements. The extensive use of group entitlements and legal preferences has undermined the civil rights movement, an example being recent sex discrimination cases that have produced large settlements. Diverse and often contradictory demands made by different social groups have diluted the goals of the civil rights movement, and interests of minority groups have been taken hostage by elite and well-funded organizations pushing unrelated causes. As a result, these interests are trivialized by ideologues intent on encouraging class warfare and creating victim classes. 1 illustration
Main Term(s): Victims of Crime
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Constitutional Rights/Civil Liberties; Discrimination; Female victims; Minorities; Social classes; Social cohesion; Social conditions; Victimization
Note: Opposing Viewpoints Series
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