Aren’t civil rights a social construct?
I’m legitimately curious about what’ll come of this and would love to get some input. No opinion is neither incorrect nor unwelcomed – consider me the devil’s advocate in this instance.
This inquiry washed upon me the other day when I was stuck in pesky Angeleno traffic – suddenly, I thought, how did civil rights become a thing? Maybe civil rights isn’t the right term to describe it because that’s automatically correlated to The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s-1960s – which is also an American thing.
No, I thought even before such a time. Way back to disparities of the Roman Catholic Church in Europe. Back to ancient wars in Mesopotamia. Way back… how did people know better treatment existed? How did it become such a phenomenon? And much how racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, all the -isms, much how self-esteem, gender roles, culture, religion, and on and on, are all social constructs… wouldn’t it mean that social equality, too, is of the like?