civil rights

plural noun

Definition of civil rights

: the nonpolitical rights of a citizen especially : the rights of personal liberty guaranteed to U.S. citizens by the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution and by acts of Congress was charged with violating the victim's civil rights

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Roberson’s family disagrees, arguing that the shooting violated Roberson’s civil rights. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 In Remembrance of Martin, 1986 PBS’s in-depth look at the civil rights icon includes King’s friends and family as commentators, including Coretta Scott King, Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Julian Bond, and Rev. Jesse Jackson. Vogue, "The 3 Best Documentaries to Watch This Martin Luther King Jr. Day," 21 Jan. 2019 But the sheriff’s office later received a tip from civil rights activist Shaun King that sent the case in a new direction. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder," 9 Jan. 2019 But while civil rights groups welcomed the new legislation, police departments and unions have been far less receptive, arguing that the measure will expose information that needs to remain private. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A California city plans to shred years of police records before a new law makes them public," 27 Dec. 2018 And so, in the wake of the civil rights movement, women’s liberation was born. Zoey Grossman; Fashion Editor: Cassie Anderson, Harper's BAZAAR, "Uzo Aduba, Katie Holmes & Ieshia Evans Reenact Iconic Images of Social Change," 20 Nov. 2018 In 2010, then-President Barack Obama named Mendez a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, for her work advancing civil rights. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "Sylvia Mendez Helped Integrate California Schools for Latinx Students in the 1940s, But She Says the U.S. Is More Segregated Now," 3 Dec. 2018 Color of Change, an online racial justice group, has called for the company to publicly release a civil rights audit and fire global public policy vice president Joel Kaplan, who has drawn criticism over his support for conservative causes. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Former Facebook manager calls out company for bad treatment of black employees," 27 Nov. 2018 Whether Charter violated civil rights law with its treatment of ESN is still to be decided. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter, Comcast don’t have 1st Amendment right to discriminate, court rules," 19 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of civil rights

circa 1614, in the meaning defined above

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: the rights that every person should have regardless of his or her sex, race, or religion

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