Discrimination: The “More Perfect Union” is free from discrimination or bias. Therefore, American society has had to overcome the prevalent discrimination to achieve the “More Perfect Union.” Civil rights have helped significantly in eliminating discrimination since the 20th century. For instance, the Americans with Disabilities Act, which became law in 1990, requires that people living with disabilities be given equal opportunities in academics, workplaces, sports, and all other areas of life. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act of 2010, and Executive Order 9981 has allowed equity in the military by desegregating the forces and allowing the LGBTs to serve in the military.
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Segregation: Besides discrimination, segregation is a significant obstacle to the “More Perfect Union.” In the 20th century, the United States had to overcome the segregation of the minority population in the workplace and public services. Lately, activism against discrimination of LGBT has led to a heated debate concerning their acceptance in sports and their use of bathrooms. Legislatures such as Title IX in the enforcement of the equal civil rights ensure LGBTs are accepted in schools and sports of their choice.
The “More Perfect Union” is a work in progress. Many areas reveal disparities such as in workplaces, politics, and sports. Civil rights and activism, such as #BlackLivesMatter, have played a significant role in eliminating discrimination and disparity. However, the perfect union is yet to reveal. There is a need for a paradigm shift besides legislatures, which will lead to acceptance, appreciation, and regard for all categories of people in American society.
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