Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Enough is enough if you are tired enough

With all the greed, corruption, lies, crime, and decadence paraded before our collective awareness, we are apt to forget that mankind does sometimes makes progress, if only a little. Still, evolutionary progress is better than none. And in the absence of intelligent designs to hurry that progress, we probably should pause now and then to give credit to evolutionary improvements through the efforts of good people wanting a better civilization, or at least a fair shake.

Slavery was abolished in this country by a proclamation during the Civil War. As everyone knows, however, blacks were not given the status of whites, either legally or socially, at the war’s end in 1865. One may easily argue that there are still cases of racial discrimination in this country. Few could argue, however, that there have been improvements. And many of those changes occurred after what happened fifty years ago, in 1955, ninety years after the end of the Civil War.

Rosa Parks recently died at age 92. People fifty and younger cannot fully understand where America was in 1955, when Rosa Parks, a black woman then 42 years old, refused to give her seat on a bus to a white man who demanded it. It is simply difficult to believe that there were laws in this country only fifty years ago that said she should stand if a white wanted to sit. We have changed for the better in now thinking that law so unbelievable and wrong.

Rosa was turned in by the bus driver, arrested, and jailed. And our nation began to improve just a little faster in response to that immoral indignity. The leadership of Martin Luther King, and the forward march of the civil rights movement, in general, can trace their quickening to Rosa’s act, which she said years later was not so much a matter of courage as that she was simply tired. Her defiance of the law had not been arranged ahead of time by any group or organization. She had not planned it herself. She was simply tired. And tired of so unlawful a law. So she refused to get up. It seems to me that makes her even more heroic.

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6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the rhoughts.

10/25/2005 8:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need to remember the courage that it took for Mrs Parks to stand up, or rather sit, for her position. There are unjustices still going on that need champions like her to stand up and help in the awareness of the injustices. The color of the skin should make no difference in how a person is treated no matter which color is doing the judging. Indian, black, yellow or white should sll be judged by their actions not skin color or race. There is still racial judging going both ways sadly to say.

10/26/2005 8:54 PM  
Anonymous Ogden Smapp said...

I was encouraged the other day when my 11 year old grandson came into the room and was reading the news about Rosa Parks over my shoulder. I asked him if he knew who Rosa Parks was and he replied "Of course! Everybody knows who Rosa Parks was!".

Further inquiries showed that he did, indeed, have a pretty good knowlege of her story. I am encouraged to know that he was taught this story and remembered it.

There is hope for the younger generation.

10/27/2005 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well written. Thank you.

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