Chronicles Magazine Culture

The Revolution in Civil Rights Law

It has been nearly 30 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. By banning discrimination in employment and public accommodations the law was meant to minimize the role of race in the daily lives of Americans.

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  • Correspondence

    Legalized Racism

    Wap! Someone just punched me, going down the subway stairs from the elevated. Behind me, I hear girlish, teenaged laughter. No accident here. I turn to my assailant, a 12- or 13-year-old black girl and tell her she'd better keep her hands to...

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  • Perspective

    Puppets and Their Masters

    A naked boy runs down a crowded Italian street, chased by an angry old man. Grabbing the boy by the back of the neck, the old man shouts: "Just wait till I get you back home." The crowd quickly takes sides against the old man, and when the...

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