Constitutional FAQ Answer #50
Q50. "I am having trouble figuring out exactly what the term 'civil rights' includes."
A. Civil rights are those derived from simply being a citizen. When blacks demonstrated for their civil rights, they were essentially asking to be treated like every other (white) citizen, that they have no special restrictions placed on them because of color. The rights of free speech and freedom of (or from) religion are civil rights. Note that these are civil rights in the context of the U.S. Some nations do not have a right of free speech, so in that nation it is not a civil right.