President’s John. F. Kennedy’s speech on 11th June 1963 was a stepping-stone towards the end of racial discrimination in the United States of America. This is because, in his speech, he promised to end the racial discrimination that was persistent in public schools, hospitals and even at the workplace. This gave rise to a debate in the House of Representatives leading to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This stipulated that the black people had a right to vote too. However, this did not pass without some high political temperatures but later cooled down (Capozzi 77).
Soon after, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed. Its provision were such there would be no circumstance under which an individual would be discriminated against in regards to casting a vote on the mere basis of color or race. This was especially applicable to the Southern states that had been discriminating against those who were not whites. The passage of this Act was an illustration of the moderation that the black people were denied by the Whites who had been unfair towards them. The passage of the Act was in line with the predictions of Martin Luther King.
During the Vietnam War, the white army men looked down upon their black counterparts. The war went on and the black soldiers began feeling victimized as their warring enemies. This went on and when Martin Luther King raised an alarm over the issue, he was assassinated. This is a clear indication that the black people were subjected to violence from the whites despite their urge to enhance nonviolence amongst themselves. The Black Power began dwindling as black soldiers were subjected to harsh conditions as compared to their white counterparts. This is an indication of the racial discrimination that persisted even in the battlefields (Woods 227).
The same case applied to the Muslims who were detained. While in prison, they were denied the chance to enter with their Korans in the prison cells. This was because of their beliefs. They only managed to pull through the formation of black movements in order to stick together and raise their concerns. Their faith was used as a seclusion weapon and discriminatory treatment as compared to their white counterparts.
In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was appointed director of SCLC New York’s office. As the director, he mobilized other leaders of black movements and together they began the nonviolent crusades. MLK intentions were pure and that he wanted was to ensure that racial discrimination was a thing of the past. His crusades continued even into the Vietnam War as he worked hard to bring the war to an end. However, things turned sour and he was assassinated. He is remembered as a civil rights activist who hoped that America would assume a colorblind character in ensuring that there was no racial discrimination.
Despite the fact that all the black movements aimed to restore peace and harmony in a non-violent manner, their efforts were met with animosity and disregard by the whites. This was evident from the issues that followed the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This is because the discrimination was profoundly evident during the Vietnam War. This was despite the fact that the black people had willingly gone to the battlefield with the intention of working together with their white colleagues in defeating their enemies and protecting their country. The violence manner in which the Black people’s efforts to fit were met by the whites slowed down the process of eliminating discrimination in America. With time, the frustration of the black people was overwhelming. However, this seems to have been buried with the passage of years.