Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Rosa Parks, thank you. Newspeople, Stop Exaggerating

Rosa Parks is overrated.

There. I've said it. God keep her, and may her family find strength in this difficult time. She was a courageous woman to have defied the law and her efforts on behalf of the civil rights movement were inspiring, admirable, and far more transformative than anything I've done in my own life.

That said, I think her lionization as presented by the media is tremendously disrespectful to the millions of other americans that have worked just as hard, and have suffered physical violence, emotional terror, and most horribly, death as a reward for their efforts.

The civil rights movement existed before Parks threw her proverbial hat into the ring, and despite the insistence of what seems to be every major news outlet, her refusal to give up her seat did not "create" the civil rights movement. In fact, several other people had done the same before her.

This is not to diminish Ms. Parks' contributions. I cannot stress that enough. But it is rewriting history to suggest that she was the "mother" of the movement, or that it might not have existed without her presence.

Read a little bit about Ms. Parks and her life HERE.

Mrs. Parks’ arrest was the precipitating factor rather than the cause of the protest. The cause lay deep in the record of similar injustices...Actually no one can understand the action of Mrs. Parks unless he realizes that eventually the cup of endurance runs over, and the human personality cries out, "I can take it no longer." - MLK

2 Comments:

At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. She did a gutsy thing, but it doesn't even compare to the years of hard work put in by MLK and others.

 
At 6:19 PM, Blogger codemorse said...

Thanks fr your comment, anonymous. Come back again and leave your thoughts, if you're so inclined.

 

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