A Real Change

We are living in a time of dramatic change, as people all over the United States and the world are speaking up more loudly about the need for greater civil rights for all people. Many people of the older generation are asking the obvious questions about the need to speak up loudly again, as the fight for gender equality and racial inequality issues still has to be fought, and fought hard.

The Sixties

Today isn’t the only time that protests movements took over the news. The 1960s was another time of great drama in US culture, as changes came fast and furious with the advent of the Civil Rights movement, followed by protests against the Vietnam War, and then after that, the fight for gender quality for women, with the Women’s Movement. What we’re seeing now is that the overall fight for equality is far from over.

There was definitely a sense of complacency that set in after the movements of the 1960s and 70s brought in changes in the workplace and the culture at large. Many people likely assumed that we had made all the positive changes that were needed to ensure that people could work without being harassed sexually, and that people of color would be given the fairness they deserved by the culture and by the police. The major stories that have come out in the past few years about harassment in the workplace and about police brutality towards people of color have sadly shown how much more needs to change.

Facing Change in a New Year

As a new year begins, there are many questions being asked about where we are as a culture. We have people showing up for dramatic protest marches against sexual abuse, bigotry and police brutality. At the same time, however, we have a government in place that seems to be using its power to line the pockets of the wealthy, at the expense of the working and middle class. How much more must be done before we will see real change? Can people bring about change by protesting, and will people vote in the next major elections to help to enact real change? Only time will tell. As the new year opens, we have to hope that people will continue to fight for real change in a way that is positive for our culture, and for people everywhere.

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