The following are several examples that give a glimpse at the lack of equality in America.
In the years following the Civil War, three amendments were added to the U.S. Constitution. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery (1865), the Fourteenth Amendment made freed slaves citizens of the United States and the state wherein they lived (1868), and the Fifteenth Amendment gave the vote to men of any race (1870). With the triumph of the Radical Republicans (Equivalent to todays Democrats) in Congress, the Constitution was amended to grant full citizenship to former slaves and promise them equal treatment under the law, a promise that took more than a century to fulfill.
During this time, Women were also struggling with rights, the rights that had been given to men since the birth of the U.S. Constitution. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton formed the National Woman Suffrage Association with a primary goal of gaining voting rights for women (1869). The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granted American women the right to vote (1920). Margaret Sanger founded the American Birth Control League which evolved into Planned Parenthood Federation of America (1921).
The Civil Right Act barred discrimination in employment on the basis of race and sex (1964). Anti-miscegenation segregation laws were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court (1967).
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled, 5–4, that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that states cannot say that marriage is reserved for heterosexual couples. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) ended its ban on gay adult leaders. The new policy was approved by the BSA National Executive Board by a 45-12 vote. The new policy did still allow church-sponsored Scout groups to ban gay adults for religious reasons. (2015)
Meanwhile, white males were the benchmark for attainable rights. It is not the goal of Concepts Forward to match the populations rights to white males. It is the goal of Concepts Forward to build an ideal of what civil liberties anyone deserves and apply that to the population, regardless of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or any other divisive characteristic. As Justice is to be blind, so are civil rights.
Concepts Forward will focus on promoting those public figures who promote equality and will stand against those who divide.