I understand the appeal of Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” song. In the 1800s, the Supreme Court rejected the Civil Rights Act, and even in the 1930s, efforts for a federal anti-lynching bill faced obstacles. It wasn’t until the late 20th century that Congress finally passed a Civil Rights Act. The journey to secure civil rights, including fair housing and anti-discrimination bills, spanned a considerable time, leaving a significant period without these essential rights.

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