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I wish to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Rosa Parks.


Feb 5 2013, 1:39am

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I wish to celebrate the 100th Birthday of Rosa Parks. Can't Post

It IS true, the course of history can be changed, the momentum shifted, by a single individual, no matter one's 'station' or stature in this life.

For my small part, i wish to honor this woman who had sand, or if you will, true grit. She was just sorely tired of the disrespect that she deserved as a person, a person who's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness was smothered by the most vile, a 'humanism' ruled by egotism and profound ignorance, expressed in belligerent hate and fear.

She made a decision, stood her ground, and come what may she was ready to except it. All i can do now is offer a *humble bow* . May such spirit live ever on.


Feb 5 2013, 1:57am

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Well Said! [In reply to] Can't Post


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Feb 5 2013, 3:50am

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*raises mug to Rosa* [In reply to] Can't Post

That's what's she would say - she was, just, tired. But her heart was not.

My eldest heard her speak back in the '90s, at a local high school. The place was jam-packed, and she said she was awed and so proud of this simple, forthright woman. Heart


"I desired dragons with a profound desire"


Feb 5 2013, 3:55am

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Isn't it just plain embarrassing [In reply to] Can't Post

that she even had to speak up about that stupid bus rule? I ride the bus and subway to work in multi-ethnic Boston and try to imagine a "whites-only" section. Nauseating. How could anyone back then have felt more comfortable degrading other humans than sitting next to them? I'll never get it.

I was born in the 60s and must still have that naivete in me. Remember the song about "The child is black/ the child is white/ together they learn/ to read and write"? That was considered "progressive" back then instead of a dull observation like it would be now.

Then it makes me wonder what we consider normal today that 50 years from now people will be shocked at us for accepting as normal.Wink

(This post was edited by CuriousG on Feb 5 2013, 3:56am)


Feb 5 2013, 4:05am

Post #5 of 13 (203 views)
Been on Rosa Parks Boulevard, Detroit a few times [In reply to] Can't Post


Oh the road is long, her journey far from over... yet it is good to stop and remember her today.


Feb 5 2013, 5:01am

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Thank you Miss Rosa [In reply to] Can't Post

Sil, I couldn't agree more. What a great woman.
And I don't think the thread would be complete without this Neville Brothers classic.

Tol Eressea

Feb 5 2013, 8:28am

Post #7 of 13 (171 views)
Hear, hear! Well said. // [In reply to] Can't Post


"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime

Tol Eressea

Feb 5 2013, 8:30am

Post #8 of 13 (172 views)
Very moving, thanks for sharing that link! // [In reply to] Can't Post


"The question isn't where, Constable, but when." - Inspector Spacetime


Feb 5 2013, 4:10pm

Post #9 of 13 (174 views)
Yes, it is. [In reply to] Can't Post

I am quite embarrassed also, that what is supposed to be the area immersed most in the 'sublime christian ethic', has the most hate related crimes and has the least respect for general human rights, is the bible belt.

Lily Fairbairn

Feb 5 2013, 4:16pm

Post #10 of 13 (178 views)
Thank you, sil [In reply to] Can't Post

Well said. Her experiences and her response to them, her dignity in the face of prejudice---we should all remember and take heart.


Feb 5 2013, 4:45pm

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Unfortunately, racism is thriving today as much as ever. [In reply to] Can't Post

It's just basically more hidden. Take a look at studies of how companies respond to people with African American sounding names vs. European American sounding names. Same set of qualifications. Very different results.

Or talk to someone who's black, especially someone who's young, black, and male, about the treatment they get from police officers or taxi drivers. They'll be stopped just for driving a "nice car" like a 2010 Impala (I kid you not) and be shoved to the ground and treated like dirt. And I'm talking very clean-cut looking people, too. Racial profiling is alive and well in America.

I've also known someone who changed their name from a typical Spanish sounding name ending with -z to a normal Irish name after getting married. Their appearace was basically very Northern European, not at all Latino looking. They got a lot more respect in job interviews and such after changing their name. People generally react very differently based on preconcieved stereotypes.

So yes, we don't have de jure segregation or descrimination anymore in this country, but racism is still rampant.

all we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us...


Feb 5 2013, 4:52pm

Post #12 of 13 (166 views)
This is sad but true. [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd say it isn't systematic or institutionalized. But all it takes is the presence of one person or a small group of people concentrated in a particular corner of the world or any institution for it to create big problems.

And the same is true for sexism.


Feb 5 2013, 5:12pm

Post #13 of 13 (244 views)
*Raises a glass* [In reply to] Can't Post

I'll gladly join in a toast to Rosa, a brave lady whose actions brought about change, discrimination for any basis is just wrong pure and simple. People should be valued for who they are not what they are!


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