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Tuesday, October 25, 2005 

Rosa Lee Parks, 1931-2005

Rosa Parks, one of the pioneers of the civil rights movement for minorities, who's famous for her refusal to vacate her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus at the time they were running discriminatory laws against blacks in the southern states, has passed away at 92.

I fully agree that she did the right thing to make it clear in her own protest that it was wrong to order her to give up her seat based on race. If there was something really appalling about the argument the police officers who arrested her were using, it's that one of them, when asked by Parks why they pushed the blacks around, replied that he didn't know. He just argued that "the law is the law [and you're under arrest]."

I'd have to figure that one of the reasons why there was so much discrimination in the southern states at the times against Blacks - and also Jews and Hispanics - was because the white community didn't have the guts to put morality before money. In other words, they were so afraid of losing jobs, if not businesses, that they'd just go along and enforce the so-called "law" simply because they were afraid they'd get fired? That, it seems, is exactly the problem with a lot of people even today - that they don't have the courage to argue even at the expense of their jobs, no matter how worthless could actually be.

Parks' arrest over nothing in 1955 led to the famous boycott of the bus network in Montgomery, which Martin Luther King, then beginning with the civil rights movement, helped to organize. This and other protests eventually led to the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in public accomodations.

Parks did the right thing to remain in her seat, and should most definately be remembered and honored for her courage to stand up by staying seated.

Here's also a very good column about Parks by Linda Chavez on Town Hall's website.

Others on the subject include La Shawn Barber, Michelle Malkin, Outside the Beltway, Wizbang, Vodkapundit, Mark Tapscott, Down with Absolutes, Infinity Prolonged, Rajan Rishyakaran, Poliblog, Fried Baloney, Legacy Matters, Dustbury, Project Nothing!, Iowa Voice, B Relevant, Right Faith, Right We Are, The Subjective Scribe, Basil's Blog, Don Surber, Severe Writer’s Block, JamulBlog, The Anchoress, Stop the ACLU, Brutally Honest, Sister Toldjah, Obligatory Anecdotes, Secular Blasphemy, Don Singleton, Pardon My English, Mike's Noise, The Indepundit, Politakid, The Kentucky Democrat, The Astute Blogger, T. Longren, The Political Teen, My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy, Truckin' Wifi, The Jawa Report, The Mudville Gazette, Publius Pundit, Don Singleton, Agent Tim Online, One Voice, Commonplace, My Right Mind.

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Rosa Parks was not born in 1931. She was not 74 when she died, she was in her 90's. She was in her 40's in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat.

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