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What Are Civil Rights?

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Fightin Words on Sentinel Radio, with Walter Hudson and David Lutchen. Since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960's, civil rights have held a sacrosanct place in American political culture. Evoking them seems to make one boo-proof. No one would dare come out against civil rights, because a connotation has been crafted linking the term with decent and respectful behavior. But what really are civil rights? Why were they required to end institutional racism? Are civil rights inherently good? We consider these questions in light of the recent controversy surrounding comments by Rand Paul and John Stossel regarding Title II of the Civil Rights Act.