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(Life.com)   55 years ago today, one woman refused to sit in the back of the bus. RIP, Miss Rosa   (life.com) divider line 177
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2010-12-01 12:20:48 PM  
ExperianScaresCthulhu: skullkrusher: GRCAMPBELL: This isn't a knock on her. She was way smarter than people gave her credit for. She knew exactly what she was doing when she sat in that seat. Good for her.

she was seated in the colored section and refused to give up her seat when the whites only section was filled up. Don't exchange one myth for another

Like the myth of the southern gentleman? What the fark kind of man would make a woman, in any section, give up her seat so he can sit down in her place?


indeedy
 
2010-12-01 12:20:55 PM  
propasaurus: (sort of) Cool Story Bro Alert:

I once had the privilege of meeting Johnie Carr, a contemporary of Mrs Parks. Even at an advanced age, she was an amazing woman.

/CSB


Really...you consider that a CSB?

Now...had you met Johnnie Cochran and made him try on your glove??? That would count as a CSB
 
2010-12-01 12:22:07 PM  
ExperianScaresCthulhu: HumbleGenius: Well I use Mac/Linux...: MBrady: HumbleGenius: And now the first black president sits at the back of a limo.

Why is someone who is mixed race considered "black?"

Since he has a black father and a white mother, he is just as much white as he is black.

If you take an empty bottle and fill it with equal parts water and piss, is it a bottle of water, or a bottle of piss?

American beer?

Oh my, you win.


hehe the only people who say that are Europeans and Americans who don't make it past the Coors Light section of the store :)
 
2010-12-01 12:26:19 PM  
downpaymentblues: devildog123: What always pissed me off in school when learning about Rosa Parks was that they always tought that she was just tired from a long day at work, and the mean white jerk wouldn't lt her sit down, and this whole thing happend almost by accident.

I was more impressed with her when I found out that this was a planned event, and that she was taking a stand for something she blieved in.

Of course, in America today, it is much better to have a pathetic "victim" than a strong, proud person who just wouldn't take their shait anymore.

I'm not sure what "these days" covers but I am 24 and I was taught (in school) that it was a planned event.

Maybe you are old and mean "way back when" instead of "these days"?


Well, good for you. I just helped my niece with her homework ovr skype though, and, in her class in Massachusetts, they got the "she was a tired seamstress who didn't want to give up her seat crap.

GRCAMPBELL: rulestein: This brings up a question, if I am in the big stall of the public bathroom, do I need to give up my seat for the differently-abled?

Not to thread jack, but I always take the handicapped stall. Probably because I like the idea of pooping in my own room. But I wonder if I'm troubling people who actually need the space and handrails that the stall was built for. But I don't wonder enough to take the small stall near the urinals.

This sounds like a bad Deep Thoughts interlude.


Eh, it's like the handicapped parking spaces. Stores have to put them in, but they're empty most of the time. Don't worry about it.
 
2010-12-01 12:28:00 PM  
And now you can crunk in the middle of the bus.
 
2010-12-01 12:29:14 PM  
yawn...and on this date in 1955, the number one song in America was 16 Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford so what?
 
2010-12-01 12:30:13 PM  
BadAdviceGuy: Amazing woman. I bet people will compare what she did with the current TSA situation, which is a shame to connect an important equal rights protest to something as insignificant as being angry about extra security at an airport. There are proper channels to file such complaints now if there's a problem, causing other people problems with their transportation for a minor quibble is not the way to do things.

But you have to remember, bus segregation was done for SAFETY. Sure back in Ms. Parks' day, 99.999% of the time blacks and whites got together noting bad happened. But that .001% of the time, there was violence, and people died. Since segregation was obviously the only thing that could prevent such deaths (since it was the only thing tried), and segregation made the people in power feel safer, obviously the government was justified in enforcing it through whatever means, right?

/Riding the bus is a privilege not a right
//Am I trolling, being trolled, or both? I'm new at this.
 
2010-12-01 12:30:38 PM  
Thank God for Rosa. Her and Dr. King would be thrilled with what African-Americans have done with themselves in such a short time.
 
2010-12-01 12:32:18 PM  
douchebag/hater: Hero?

Maybe but it would be nice if more people knew that the whole thing was staged by the local NAACP chapter in order to get attention.

She wasn't a 'lone voice crying in the wilderness', she was part of concerted effort to force the issue.

The more you know...


Which is why she's a hero. SOMEBODY had to take point on this SOMEBODY had to be willing to be arrested and go to jail (in a time when a black person's chance of making it back out of jail alvie and intact wasn't always the greatest) to MAKE this statement, to draw this attention. And Rosa was the one who stepped up to play the martyr. Was it staged? Sure Was the injustice it put a spotlight on still very real? Abso-farking-lutely. Its a fun fact that Thrugood marshall never liked MLk Jr. Very Much and the feeling was mutual. Each violently diagreed witht he other's tactics. Thurgood wanted to take segregation down using the courts and thought MLK's marches were nothing more than street theatre.
You know what, they were both right and both wrong, Without the heat and light MLK managed to create on the issue of civil rights Marshall's cases might never have even been heard by the courts and may well have been decided the other way (hell i> Brown was almost 5-4 against, but one against justice died, Earl Warren got appointed, and he used his masterful political skills to engineer a 9-0 decision for the plaintiffs).

Without Marshall's careful and brilliant legal strategy, King had no way to soldify the public sympathy he captured into any real or lasting change. That's what so many fail to understand about the civil rights movement, and why so many mass protest movements since have failed: Thecivil rights leaders had a careful and calculated plan from day one about what they wanted and HOW they were going to achieve it. Rosa Park';s actions were a crefully ochestrated part of that plan, but that doesn't make them any less brave.
 
2010-12-01 12:33:23 PM  
RIP the one person who stood up against the fascist US regime of Bush Co., Obama, and others before him. Oh wait, that did not happen. Back to slavery tools.
 
2010-12-01 12:33:45 PM  
GRCAMPBELL: /I'd like to thank the Vassar College History Department for allowing me the knowledge to weigh in here.

omg. is that a troll? I think i'm being trolled for responding, but i'll bite:

It took a college history professor to "allow" you knowledge? Did you not know how to read before going to college? wtf? How about you save yourself fifty grand a year and pick up a book every now and again. Jesus, these days you don't even have to take the time to get a library card. Wikipedia will tell you Rosa Parks worked for the NAACP.

/why yes i did go to a bullshiat snooty little liberal arts school, too
//why yes i DO consider it a *gigantic* waste of money
 
2010-12-01 12:37:52 PM  
People on SEPTA will celebrate today by refusing to move to the back of the bus and obnoxiously blocking the exit door.
 
2010-12-01 12:38:43 PM  
How is it that after all these years, I never knew until this morning that my birth occurred on the anniversary of this day?
 
2010-12-01 12:41:16 PM  
sxacho: How is it that after all these years, I never knew until this morning that my birth occurred on the anniversary of this day?

happy birthday guy who's trolling Fark threads for birthday wishes :)
 
2010-12-01 12:45:17 PM  
OrangeSnapper: But you have to remember, bus segregation was done for SAFETY. Sure back in Ms. Parks' day, 99.999% of the time blacks and whites got together noting bad happened. But that .001% of the time, there was violence, and people died. Since segregation was obviously the only thing that could prevent such deaths (since it was the only thing tried), and segregation made the people in power feel safer, obviously the government was justified in enforcing it through whatever means, right?

/Riding the bus is a privilege not a right
//Am I trolling, being trolled, or both? I'm new at this


Still not the same thing. Rosa Parks took a stand against the unequal treatment between citizens in this country. The TSA scans and touches everyone like equals.
 
2010-12-01 12:46:28 PM  
RIP Sammy Sosa

i1016.photobucket.com
 
2010-12-01 12:50:49 PM  
misterrobot:

Dude... WTF? He looks like the walking dead.
 
2010-12-01 12:52:48 PM  
MBrady: HumbleGenius: And now the first black president sits at the back of a limo.

Why is someone who is mixed race considered "black?"

Since he has a black father and a white mother, he is just as much white as he is black.


Bottom line? Because back when being black was a bad thing, they law said that if you were even 1/16th black, you were black. Being white was seen as the "pure" default state and any mixture of races (excepting Indian Blood that could prove descent from Pocahontas-at least in VA) made you "not white" (the desingations Mulatoo, Quadroon, Octaroon etc were almost exclusively a New Orleans thing where wealthy white men taking Black mistresses was so accepted and common that an elaborate caste system grew up around mixed race children).

That mindset has stuck with us to this day sad to say, and therefore anybody other than "pure" white is by default, black or whatever other brown-skinned heritage they can claim (My very very pale stepson whose features in every way reflect his mother's full compliment of red-haired Irish and northern German genes is offically classified as "Hispanic" because his father, whom he never met and looks nothing like, was Mexican)
 
2010-12-01 12:53:18 PM  
TheMadChaosopher:
Like the myth of the southern gentleman? What the fark kind of man would make a woman, in any section, give up her seat so he can sit down in her place?


The same kind of "man" who satisfied their insecurities by trying to keep another man inferior. The same kind of man who would bomb a CHURCH, or a school, or hang someone's first born...the kind of man who would rape a human being and then pontificate about the savagery of Negroes...or drag a man to his death behind a truck, just because...

White Terrorist. That's who.
 
2010-12-01 12:54:31 PM  
People talk about segregation as a bad thing. Most races will segregate themselves if you pay attention. Just because you give it a name it's suddenly a bad thing. People of the same race always flock together yet that's OK. Just don't label it because then it's bad.

When people are segregated against their will, it is bad.
 
2010-12-01 01:03:08 PM  
I ride buses often, and always go straight to the back.

The front's where all the batshiat-crazy people sit.
 
2010-12-01 01:04:31 PM  
Magorn: MBrady: HumbleGenius: And now the first black president sits at the back of a limo.

Why is someone who is mixed race considered "black?"

Since he has a black father and a white mother, he is just as much white as he is black.

Bottom line? Because back when being black was a bad thing, they law said that if you were even 1/16th black, you were black. Being white was seen as the "pure" default state and any mixture of races (excepting Indian Blood that could prove descent from Pocahontas-at least in VA) made you "not white" (the desingations Mulatoo, Quadroon, Octaroon etc were almost exclusively a New Orleans thing where wealthy white men taking Black mistresses was so accepted and common that an elaborate caste system grew up around mixed race children).

That mindset has stuck with us to this day sad to say, and therefore anybody other than "pure" white is by default, black or whatever other brown-skinned heritage they can claim (My very very pale stepson whose features in every way reflect his mother's full compliment of red-haired Irish and northern German genes is offically classified as "Hispanic" because his father, whom he never met and looks nothing like, was Mexican)


Octoroon is a funny word
 
2010-12-01 01:06:47 PM  
skullkrusher: ExperianScaresCthulhu: HumbleGenius: Well I use Mac/Linux...: MBrady: HumbleGenius: And now the first black president sits at the back of a limo.

Why is someone who is mixed race considered "black?"

Since he has a black father and a white mother, he is just as much white as he is black.

If you take an empty bottle and fill it with equal parts water and piss, is it a bottle of water, or a bottle of piss?

American beer?

Oh my, you win.

hehe the only people who say that are Europeans and Americans who don't make it past the Coors Light section of the store :)


And it's gonna stay that way, man. Euro beer. Amero beer. Afro beer. Asian beer. That mexican shiat. Beer is nasty. Nasty, nasty, nasty. On a hot day, I'd rather drink tepid non-filtered tap water than an ice cold bottle of watery yeast and piss. I don't understand how people can do it. I remember during the Beer Summit two years ago, people talking about drinking beer with oranges and shiat, and I'm like: just suck the orange. A ripe cold juicy segment of orange is a hell of a lot more refreshing than that amber shiat at the store.

Sorry for the derailment. Just had to let that off my chest.
 
2010-12-01 01:11:43 PM  
sxacho: How is it that after all these years, I never knew until this morning that my birth occurred on the anniversary of this day?



Birthd-A-W ?
 
2010-12-01 01:12:56 PM  
ExperianScaresCthulhu: skullkrusher: ExperianScaresCthulhu: HumbleGenius: Well I use Mac/Linux...: MBrady: HumbleGenius: And now the first black president sits at the back of a limo.

Why is someone who is mixed race considered "black?"

Since he has a black father and a white mother, he is just as much white as he is black.

If you take an empty bottle and fill it with equal parts water and piss, is it a bottle of water, or a bottle of piss?

American beer?

Oh my, you win.

hehe the only people who say that are Europeans and Americans who don't make it past the Coors Light section of the store :)

And it's gonna stay that way, man. Euro beer. Amero beer. Afro beer. Asian beer. That mexican shiat. Beer is nasty. Nasty, nasty, nasty. On a hot day, I'd rather drink tepid non-filtered tap water than an ice cold bottle of watery yeast and piss. I don't understand how people can do it. I remember during the Beer Summit two years ago, people talking about drinking beer with oranges and shiat, and I'm like: just suck the orange. A ripe cold juicy segment of orange is a hell of a lot more refreshing than that amber shiat at the store.

Sorry for the derailment. Just had to let that off my chest.


you crazy
 
2010-12-01 01:16:28 PM  
ExperianScaresCthulhu: And it's gonna stay that way, man. Euro beer. Amero beer. Afro beer. Asian beer. That mexican shiat. Beer is nasty. Nasty, nasty, nasty.

You know scene in Borat, where the two guys, the creepy skinny one and the swarthy obese one have their big naked fight scene? One has his face wedged into the ass crack of the other, and the other has the one's balls in his face? And they start yanking on each other's crank and squeeze each other's balls? And they both scream like little girls?
Yeah, that was less gay than your post.
 
2010-12-01 01:19:24 PM  
Kar98: ExperianScaresCthulhu: And it's gonna stay that way, man. Euro beer. Amero beer. Afro beer. Asian beer. That mexican shiat. Beer is nasty. Nasty, nasty, nasty.

You know scene in Borat, where the two guys, the creepy skinny one and the swarthy obese one have their big naked fight scene? One has his face wedged into the ass crack of the other, and the other has the one's balls in his face? And they start yanking on each other's crank and squeeze each other's balls? And they both scream like little girls?
Yeah, that was less gay than your post.


haha. Alpha-Male-I-Like-Beer chest thumping but haha nonetheless
 
2010-12-01 01:23:35 PM  
skullkrusher: sxacho: How is it that after all these years, I never knew until this morning that my birth occurred on the anniversary of this day?

happy birthday guy who's trolling Fark threads for birthday wishes :)


Banned on the Run:

Birthd-A-W ?

Yeah, yeah. But still, it is weird that I never knew. At least it's weird to me, dammit.

boards.altgn.com
 
2010-12-01 01:24:05 PM  
purplejesus.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-12-01 01:48:24 PM  
cwsfa: I ride buses often, and always go straight to the back.

The front's where all the batshiat-crazy people sit.


I ride the bus all the time, and most people tend to gravitate towards the back, irrespective of color. possibly because that's where the exit door is.

I sit near the front, but only because I have to use the bike rack, so I don't want to slow down the driver any more than I have to.
 
2010-12-01 01:48:42 PM  
Successful Troll: Don't really know what the big farking deal is about sitting in the back of the bus. Kids in high school love sitting at the back of the bus. It doesn't really matter where in the bus you sit, you still end up going wherever you're going to go. fark special rights for citizens. If I can sit in the back of the bus, so can you.

10/10 would be outraged again

/golf clap
 
2010-12-01 01:50:20 PM  
devildog123: Well, good for you. I just helped my niece with her homework ovr skype though, and, in her class in Massachusetts, they got the "she was a tired seamstress who didn't want to give up her seat crap.

Ugh. Bad history dies slowly I guess.
 
2010-12-01 01:57:54 PM  
downpaymentblues: devildog123: Well, good for you. I just helped my niece with her homework ovr skype though, and, in her class in Massachusetts, they got the "she was a tired seamstress who didn't want to give up her seat crap.

Ugh. Bad history dies slowly I guess.


the "she was tired from a hard day of work" perspective was probably added to make her even more sympathetic and the cracker's demands that more horrible. While it didn't change what occurred from a practical standpoint, it does minimize her personally by moving her from a woman emotionally and mentally tired of being a second class citizen to being only who was simply physically tired.
 
2010-12-01 02:02:01 PM  
Why's everybody gotta hate on Homer? (new window)
 
2010-12-01 02:12:17 PM  
Good on her, I guess, for sticking to her principles. But I just don't think that we, as a country, are ready for drastic, all-or-nothing rights for African Americans.

"You can't help being born black," "Black people have rights, too," yada,yada,yada. I get it. And really, to a certain extent, I agree. Fact of the matter is, though, if we just slowed the whole thing down, eased the American people into it, things would probably work out much better for black people in the end--rather than ramming their agenda down Americans' throats, like they're doing now.
 
2010-12-01 02:21:35 PM  
Psycho Zombie Monkey: I need to know what Epic Beard Guy has to say about this...

He don't give a fark! It coulda been a Chinamun for all he cares.

/I TOLDYA NOT TO FARK WITH ME!!!
 
2010-12-01 02:23:37 PM  
Successful Troll: Don't really know what the big farking deal is about sitting in the back of the bus. Kids in high school love sitting at the back of the bus. It doesn't really matter where in the bus you sit, you still end up going wherever you're going to go. fark special rights for citizens. If I can sit in the back of the bus, so can you.

OK, so if you can sit in the front of the bus, why couldn't she?
 
2010-12-01 02:26:11 PM  
you_idiot: Successful Troll: Don't really know what the big farking deal is about sitting in the back of the bus. Kids in high school love sitting at the back of the bus. It doesn't really matter where in the bus you sit, you still end up going wherever you're going to go. fark special rights for citizens. If I can sit in the back of the bus, so can you.

OK, so if you can sit in the front of the bus, why couldn't she?


she didn't try to sit in the front of the bus
 
2010-12-01 02:27:00 PM  
CalvinMorallis: Good on her, I guess, for sticking to her principles. But I just don't think that we, as a country, are ready for drastic, all-or-nothing rights for African Americans.

"You can't help being born black," "Black people have rights, too," yada,yada,yada. I get it. And really, to a certain extent, I agree. Fact of the matter is, though, if we just slowed the whole thing down, eased the American people into it, things would probably work out much better for black people in the end--rather than ramming their agenda down Americans' throats, like they're doing now.


heh this is fantastic. Bravo, good sir.
 
2010-12-01 02:38:02 PM  
you_idiot: OK, so if you can sit in the front of the bus, why couldn't she?

Because she was black. Duh.
 
2010-12-01 02:44:15 PM  
Rose of Sharon: cwsfa: I ride buses often, and always go straight to the back.

The front's where all the batshiat-crazy people sit.

I ride the bus all the time, and most people tend to gravitate towards the back, irrespective of color. possibly because that's where the exit door is.

I sit near the front, but only because I have to use the bike rack, so I don't want to slow down the driver any more than I have to.


I never mentioned color. Where I live, crazy is colorblind -- all of the howling-mad psychos, regardless of color, sit near the front. It's like a "United Colors of Bellevue" ad.

/I'll save the "WTF, bike racks on buses?" discussion for another time.
 
2010-12-01 03:26:08 PM  
DROxINxTHExWIND: The same kind of "man" who satisfied their insecurities by trying to keep another man inferior. The same kind of man who would bomb a CHURCH, or a school, or hang someone's first born...the kind of man who would rape a human being and then pontificate about the savagery of Negroes...or drag a man to his death behind a truck, just because...

White Terrorist. That's who.


Do you feel better now that you got that out?
 
2010-12-01 03:49:22 PM  
MBrady: HumbleGenius: And now the first black president sits at the back of a limo.

Why is someone who is mixed race considered "black?"

Since he has a black father and a white mother, he is just as much white as he is black.


Yeah, you got all upset when I called you a quadroon....
thumbnails.hulu.com
 
2010-12-01 03:51:09 PM  
NightOwl2255: DROxINxTHExWIND: The same kind of "man" who satisfied their insecurities by trying to keep another man inferior. The same kind of man who would bomb a CHURCH, or a school, or hang someone's first born...the kind of man who would rape a human being and then pontificate about the savagery of Negroes...or drag a man to his death behind a truck, just because...

White Terrorist. That's who.

Do you feel better now that you got that out?


Not as good as I felt when your mother...naw, too easy. Yes, it did make me feel better, actually. Thanks for your concern.
 
2010-12-01 03:52:56 PM  
CalvinMorallis: Good on her, I guess, for sticking to her principles. But I just don't think that we, as a country, are ready for drastic, all-or-nothing rights for African Americans.

"You can't help being born black," "Black people have rights, too," yada,yada,yada. I get it. And really, to a certain extent, I agree. Fact of the matter is, though, if we just slowed the whole thing down, eased the American people into it, things would probably work out much better for black people in the end--rather than ramming their agenda down Americans' throats, like they're doing now.


We don't give a shiat what you're ready for. Black people are Americans too, clown.

/Oh, penis.
 
2010-12-01 03:57:18 PM  
And yet today, the TSA can fondle your nuts because they want to.

Way to go civil rights movement.
 
2010-12-01 03:58:56 PM  
Mother Lover: I refuse to sit anywhere at all on the bus. Where's my prize?

Your gas bill, your car payments, and insurance payments are your prize.

Well done, consumer.
 
2010-12-01 04:12:27 PM  
Can you imagine the absolute vitriol that would have come gushing out of Glenn Beck's pie-hole had he hosted a TV show back then and got this news?
 
2010-12-01 04:14:50 PM  
KelvinTheClown: "My mother told me to be quiet about what I did," Ms. Colvin recalled. "She told me: 'Let Rosa be the one. White people aren't going to bother Rosa - her skin is lighter than yours and they like her.'"

From a New York Times article on Claudette Colvin, who did it first.


And Lizzie Jennings did it in New York city over 100 years earlier.


It's all about marketing.
 
2010-12-01 04:28:13 PM  
BadAdviceGuy:
Still not the same thing. Rosa Parks took a stand against the unequal treatment between citizens in this country. The TSA scans and touches everyone like equals.

I see your point. Indeed now all of us can be mistreated equally. But since only a minority of people feel the need to fly, and fewer of us are required to regularly fly for work, it gets tolerated. Those in the majority are all too willing to sacrifice the rights of the minority to allay their fears, whether the fear of black people back then, or the fear of brown people today. It's just now we're PC about it so some old white folks get molested too, thus avoiding charges of racism.
 
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