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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Someone wrote this letter to Salon:

The recent media focus on Rosa Parks reminds me of the shock I experienced in college when I first learned that prior to her moment on the bus, Parks had been an activist with her local NAACP, and had attended the renowned Highlander School for civil rights leaders. Since then, I have felt there was something insidious about the portrayal of Parks as a simple seamstress who was too tired to move to the back of the bus - that as a child, I was denied a lesson about the power of political organizing, and about the intentionality and autonomy of a brave young civil rights leader, in favor of a quaint fable about a humble Negro who accidentally caused change to happen.

Yes. Yes. It was a planned action. People had been acting up on public transport in Montgomery at least since black soldiers returned from fighting in World War II and were forced to defer to white civilians. Parks had a history of activism. This wasn't some happy accident. Of course she was still very brave, and a wonderful symbol of the movement. But I couldn't agree more with that letter-writer.

(The fucking Neville Brothers. Shitty song *and* bad history.)


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