March 20, 2017 Articles

Why the History of Section 1983 Helps to Understand "Black Lives Matter"

The violence in American history, and its political context, gives insight into the contemporary feelings of vulnerability of young black people growing up in the United States today.

By Sarah E. Ricks – March 20, 2017

Section 1983 is the statutory vehicle for suits alleging violations of federal constitutional rights. The historical circumstances that led Congress to enact the statute in 1871 help to understand the contemporary “Black Lives Matter” movement.

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