Within The New Jim Crow written by Michelle Alexander, she talks a variety of times about how civil rights are trying to break through but there are so many obstacles still in place to prevent these civil rights from becoming equality for all. In particular, in chapter 5 of the book, she talks about how civil rights may be a thing of the past and the new focus needs to be more on human rights as a whole. It is interesting that she brings this point up because everyone always thinks that the whites have always had the privileges that the blacks did not have, however there is the lower class of whites that ever since civil rights movements began back in the 1950’s with Brown v. Board they have been left behind and placed in the same category as the blacks. Many of these poor whites ended up having to live in the same places as the blacks and work the same hard work low wage jobs as the blacks. Everyone neglected to mention this group of people when discussing civil rights for years. That is why when Alexander mentions that this new civil rights needs to be turned into human rights it seems to make that much more sense. Blacks are not fighting for themselves, they are fighting for all of those people who are living in poverty and working difficult jobs with minimum wage. This does include poor whites, but to the blacks it should not matter as long as everyone is becoming equal. I personally believe that if the words human rights were used more frequently when discussing these racial tensions and civil rights then there could be a greater amount of progress. This may be a naive approach, but just taking the words civil rights out of the discussion and using human rights may gain more sympathy from those whites who do not want to give in to blacks, but do not want to seem as though they are against human rights. If a person goes against human rights then they are self seeking and do not care about the rest of our nation and will be looked upon as someone who should not hold power in our country. Thus, no one would want to disagree with human rights and just maybe this is the new way that the vocabulary needs to be changed in order to progress and gain equality for all.