POLS 206 Chapter Notes - Chapter 5: Asian Americans, Equal Rights Amendment, Reverse Discrimination

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The civil rights movement led by african americans: critical role in obtaining more equal treatment for african american and other important groups in us society. Most americans favor equality in the abstract. Civil rights: policies designed to protect people against arbitrary or discriminatory treatment by govt. officials or individuals. Equality: according to jefferson it means, all me are created equal , equality in opportunity emerged from equal rights, 14th amendment. No state can deny people equal protection of the law (equal. Standards of review protection clause: sc developed 3 levels of scrutiny, in order to pass a constitutional muster, most classifications must only be reasonable. Race and ethnicity- standard is difficult to meet. Gender- intermediate scrutiny, moderately hard to meet. Other (age, wealth, etc)- reasonableness, easy to meet. African americans" civil rights: policies of the slave states and the fed.

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