In “Civil Rights” the magazine is congratulating the Governor of New York and the lone African American man on the state assembly for passing an equal rights amendment to the constitution. With a little digging I found that the amendment to the fourth article of the states constitution prevented racial discrimination in places like hospitals and public parks. The writer then goes on to encourage readers to study the new law and attempt to replicate it in their own states.
Despite the seemingly positive note of the “Civil Rights” section one phrase in particular alluded to how much further the civil rights movement had to go. When talking about the protection provided by the new law for African Americans the writer says “as completely as they can be protected by legal enactment.” The way the author wrote that didn’t strike me as him saying that African Americans were protected as completely by that law as a law could protect anyone but as him saying that the law protected African Americans as far as others were willing to follow it. Considering that a year after this magazine was published was the “bloody summer” (mass race rioting) it seems the author knew exactly what direction the political winds were shifting. Over all though “The Crisis” seems as much more unified and well written (if not condescending) publication than “The New Freewoman.”