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Constitutional FAQ Answer #50

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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.

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