Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks and determination

A lot of people have posted tributes to Rosa Parks today, and deservedly so. It took a lot of guts to say I ain’t movin’ in that time and place. You can only work within the system so long, especially when the system is rigged to consider you a lesser being, and there comes a time when playing nice and following the rules just doesn’t cut it anymore.

The bus boycott that followed Ms. Parks’s arrest and fine was another display of determination. When the bus was your primary means of getting from place to place, it was a real hardship to stay off. When the black people refused to play the inferiority game, it took courage to continue in the face of bricks, bombs, and bullets. It took something beyond mere courage — it took guts — to refuse the easy road of retaliation.

Some years later, Martin Luther King Jr. was shot and killed — shortly before he was to turn the civil rights movement to the needs of American poor, both black and white. I think it was no coincidence.

1 comment:

  1. It is a shame really. I read an article in the Detroit Free-Press about how this true American hero was mistreated and inadequately cared for in her old age. You see, what happened was that some distant relatives were in charge and they totally neglected her. What a way to treat a great patriot and civil rights icon! Seriously, she deserves so much more respect. She was the first who dared to stand up to Jim Crow and spit in his face. She could have been lynched for what she did, you realize that, but she did not fear. She was one of the bravest women that ever lived, and right so I will be paying tribute to her on my new blog tommorow.

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