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(US News)   It's Rosa Parks' 100th birthday. Here's how U.S. News & World Report covered the bus boycott in 1956   (usnews.com) divider line 98
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2013-02-04 10:00:22 AM
Rosa Parks and the Progressive income tax have the same birthday?!

This means something
 
2013-02-04 10:14:03 AM
Rosa Parks, 1956:

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Rosa Parks, 2013:

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2013-02-04 10:23:04 AM

Lionel Mandrake: Rosa Parks, 1956:

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Rosa Parks, 2013:

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I know who I'd rather party with.
 
2013-02-04 10:23:36 AM
It was argued from pulpits that Negroes were inferior by nature because of Noah's curse upon the children of Ham. Paul's command, "Servant, be obedient to your master," became a watchword. One parson could state in terms almost comparable to an Aristotelian syllogism, "Man is made in the image of God; God, as everybody knows, is not a Negro, therefore, the Negro is not a man."

Jesus, that man could write. And talk. Good find,  subby.

It's amazing how much this article foreshadows today's political divides. It's also impressive how  longthat it. In print, no less. Truly, it was a different time.
 
2013-02-04 10:31:38 AM
Wow, and the anti-boycott guy was stating the "moderate" position.

"The retired Moderate, in brief periods of surcease from the cacophony of the holy rollers, is qualmsy about his new role as a foxhole infantryman holding the line. He eases himself with two realities: Segregation, for the time, is a necessity of public order (he does not want to maintain nearly 80 cops around the clock to guard the lives of 23 Negro families as is the case in Chicago this minute) and, also, he sees the obvious truth that the Negro's process is not much handicapped, and certainly not estopped, by segregation.

It is true that the nine most famous and puissant sociologists in the republic-protégés grateful of the Swede Myrdal-have ruled that the Negro cannot develop without exposure to the superior white, but behold the instantaneous example of that product of Georgia segregation, that world figure, sonata player, master of the Hegelian dialectic, Dr. King, no less.

Why can't the slobbering visionaries see that the only true measure of the Negro's progress is to stand him beside his grandfather? Then line up the next two generations. The velocity of ascent is domonstrated.

Now, I don't know, any more than a sociologist or an anthropologist, to what level the Negro can rise, or whether he can resist reverting to Liberian status when bereft of white influence. But what I see in Montgomery assures me that the Negro will surely develop to such a level that, for the tests of citizen competence, the question is purely academic."
 
2013-02-04 10:46:10 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Lionel Mandrake: Rosa Parks, 1956:

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Rosa Parks, 2013:

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I know who I'd rather party with.


Yeah.  Rosa.

Sure, she's a corpse, but I'd still prefer her company.
 
2013-02-04 11:43:27 AM
A criminal is a criminal.
 
2013-02-04 11:44:22 AM
I recognize people from the 150s and 1960s photographs.

People today no longer look like people.
 
2013-02-04 11:47:10 AM
Hey, I know that bridge.
 
2013-02-04 11:48:55 AM
I can't believe that Martin Luther King used the word "colored." I didn't know he was a racist.
 
2013-02-04 11:49:53 AM

whistleridge: It was argued from pulpits that Negroes were inferior by nature because of Noah's curse upon the children of Ham.


Child of Ham. I want that as a user name
 
2013-02-04 11:51:16 AM
http://www.theonion.com/articles/now-we-can-finally-put-civil-rights-b ehind-us,1830/
 
2013-02-04 11:54:17 AM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Lionel Mandrake: Rosa Parks, 1956:

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Rosa Parks, 2013:

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I know who I'd rather party with.


Make sure to bring extra Depends.
 
2013-02-04 11:59:09 AM

Clemkadidlefark: I recognize people from the 150s and 1960s photographs.

People today no longer look like people.


We are a bunch of farking fat slobs.
 
2013-02-04 12:00:21 PM
I did this for a PS contest a few years ago.  I think it's relavent to post it again today.

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2013-02-04 12:01:28 PM
What the hell was that?? An article, published by a news organization, that fairly covered both aspects of an issue without moralizing and telling me how I should feel about it!? I don't know whether I'm supposed to be outraged or ecstatic!! Do they really expect me to read the entire article and then form my own opinion based on the facts and opinions represented?? Fark that. I'll just switch over to my favorite talking head so that they can tell me how I feel about this.
 
2013-02-04 12:06:42 PM

mod3072: What the hell was that?? An article, published by a news organization, that fairly covered both aspects of an issue without moralizing and telling me how I should feel about it!? I don't know whether I'm supposed to be outraged or ecstatic!! Do they really expect me to read the entire article and then form my own opinion based on the facts and opinions represented?? Fark that. I'll just switch over to my favorite talking head so that they can tell me how I feel about this.


Erm, no. That article had two talking heads. One of them happened to be right, but it still consisted of a flawed concept that every side has a valid point.
 
2013-02-04 12:06:52 PM

mod3072: What the hell was that?? An article, published by a news organization, that fairly covered both aspects of an issue without moralizing and telling me how I should feel about it!? I don't know whether I'm supposed to be outraged or ecstatic!! Do they really expect me to read the entire article and then form my own opinion based on the facts and opinions represented?? Fark that. I'll just switch over to my favorite talking head so that they can tell me how I feel about this.


The 24-hour instant news cycle has destroyed introspection and analysis.
 
2013-02-04 12:08:34 PM
troublemaker.
 
2013-02-04 12:09:50 PM

Vectron: whistleridge: It was argued from pulpits that Negroes were inferior by nature because of Noah's curse upon the children of Ham.

Child of Ham. I want that as a user name


It's already taken.  Perhaps you would consider ChildofOliveLoaf?
 
2013-02-04 12:11:08 PM

whistleridge: It was argued from pulpits that Negroes were inferior by nature because of Noah's curse upon the children of Ham. Paul's command, "Servant, be obedient to your master," became a watchword. One parson could state in terms almost comparable to an Aristotelian syllogism, "Man is made in the image of God; God, as everybody knows, is not a Negro, therefore, the Negro is not a man."

Jesus, that man could write. And talk. Good find,  subby.

It's amazing how much this article foreshadows today's political divides. It's also impressive how  longthat it. In print, no less. Truly, it was a different time.


HE WAS 27 WHEN HE WROTE THAT.
i need to accomplish more in my life.
damn.
 
2013-02-04 12:12:58 PM

Vectron: Child of Ham. I want that as a user name


It's the name of my Emo band.  Our songs are based on the sayings of Carl Rove.
 
2013-02-04 12:13:11 PM

Lionel Mandrake: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Lionel Mandrake: Rosa Parks, 1956:

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Rosa Parks, 2013:

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I know who I'd rather party with.

Yeah.  Rosa.

Sure, she's a corpse, but I'd still prefer her company.


Especially given how Nugent dodged the draft. I bet he still hasn't washed off all the stink.
 
2013-02-04 12:13:14 PM

bbcard1: I can't believe that Martin Luther King used the word "colored." I didn't know he was a racist.


Its not racists when they use it, silly.
 
2013-02-04 12:13:46 PM

mod3072


What the hell was that?? An article, published by a news organization, that fairly covered both aspects of an issue without moralizing and telling me how I should feel about it!?


Not only that: TFA actually had multi-sentence paragraphs. Take heed, modern-day "journalists".
 
2013-02-04 12:14:39 PM
The entire event was carefully orchestrated and put into action. Do you think that news photographer "just happened" to be there to photograph her booking at police headquarters?
 
2013-02-04 12:18:16 PM
Children of ham?

Mmmmmm ham.
 
2013-02-04 12:19:49 PM
wow
what a great article

WHY wasnt that complete article used in history class when we learned about Rosa Parks?
WHY did they always make history so farking boring??

talulahgosh: HE WAS 27 WHEN HE WROTE THAT.
i need to accomplish more in my life.
damn.


I am older than MLK, JFK and RFK.
Nothing in my life will ever come close to their works for humanity. Ever. But I can strive to at least be on the right side of history.

/still taking bets on which side of DOMA Chief Justice Roberts votes.
/betting huge that DOMA is struct down 5-4.
 
2013-02-04 12:25:54 PM

namatad: wow
what a great article

WHY wasnt that complete article used in history class when we learned about Rosa Parks?


Ask your local PTA.
It's a valid question.
 
2013-02-04 12:29:01 PM
Negroes: Uppity since 1956.
 
2013-02-04 12:29:28 PM
The major myth about Parks is that she just an average woman who got sick and tired of being discriminated against and so took action on her own.

Her sitting in the front of the bus was a ploy/action by the local chapter of the NAACP to force the issue.

Nothing wrong with but the need for advocates to distort what happened - from the very beginning - is sad.
 
2013-02-04 12:30:21 PM
"How do you know that the Communists are running the boycott?" She replied, "It just stands to reason."

LOL, the more things change, the more they stay the same.
 
2013-02-04 12:34:02 PM

planes: The entire event was carefully orchestrated and put into action.


True. So?

Rosa Parks' liberal activism has been whitewashed nearly as much MLK, Jr.'s.
 
2013-02-04 12:35:25 PM

planes: The entire event was carefully orchestrated and put into action. Do you think that news photographer "just happened" to be there to photograph her booking at police headquarters?


You say that as if not everybody already knows this.
 
2013-02-04 12:35:55 PM

Wayne 985: mod3072: What the hell was that?? An article, published by a news organization, that fairly covered both aspects of an issue without moralizing and telling me how I should feel about it!? I don't know whether I'm supposed to be outraged or ecstatic!! Do they really expect me to read the entire article and then form my own opinion based on the facts and opinions represented?? Fark that. I'll just switch over to my favorite talking head so that they can tell me how I feel about this.

Erm, no. That article had two talking heads. One of them happened to be right, but it still consisted of a flawed concept that every side has a valid point.


The concept is that the reader, not the editor, should decide which points are valid.  Both sides should be presented with equal rigor.  Impartial journalism is not "flawed."
 
2013-02-04 12:37:53 PM

Wrongo: "How do you know that the Communists are running the boycott?" She replied, "It just stands to reason."

LOL, the more things change, the more they stay the same.


"Just study it out" is one of my favorite contemporary derpisms.
 
2013-02-04 12:39:01 PM

bbcard1: I can't believe that Martin Luther King used the word "colored." I didn't know he was a racist.


2.bp.blogspot.com

Racist bastards...
 
2013-02-04 12:39:45 PM
no google doodle?
 
2013-02-04 12:43:58 PM
I think William Faulkner would uncock his gats on the streets of Oxford

In public? Gross
 
Ehh
2013-02-04 12:51:32 PM
Grover C. Hall, Jr. is a great foil to the clear, intelligent writing of King, isn't he? Good lord, Grover C. Hall, Jr.'s general dickishness, ill-concealed hate, and willful stupidity shine through even today. He'd make a great talking head on Fox.

William Faulkner would uncock his gats? WTF?
And of course, the ad hominems.
 
2013-02-04 12:55:07 PM
Too bad FOX News didn't exist in 1956.
 
2013-02-04 12:58:43 PM

Wayne 985: mod3072: What the hell was that?? An article, published by a news organization, that fairly covered both aspects of an issue without moralizing and telling me how I should feel about it!? I don't know whether I'm supposed to be outraged or ecstatic!! Do they really expect me to read the entire article and then form my own opinion based on the facts and opinions represented?? Fark that. I'll just switch over to my favorite talking head so that they can tell me how I feel about this.

Erm, no. That article had two talking heads. One of them happened to be right, but it still consisted of a flawed concept that every side has a valid point.


No, it allowed people who were on different sides of an issue lay ouot their arguments so that the reader could make a judgement. You're on a slippery slope. You don't really want the "media" to start determinig which arguments are valid and which don't deserve to be heard.
 
2013-02-04 01:04:21 PM

pdrake: no google doodle?


they're too busy putting malware on your computer today.  try again tomorrow.
 
2013-02-04 01:07:11 PM

vudukungfu: namatad: wow
what a great article

WHY wasnt that complete article used in history class when we learned about Rosa Parks?

Ask your local PTA.
It's a valid question.


well ... technically, when I was in grade school, this was less "history" and more "current affairs"
but by high school (class of 81), you would think we would have been more up to date.
OF course it could have jsut been really boring history/current affairs teachers.
 
2013-02-04 01:07:13 PM
leave it to the liters to hate on rosa parks.


planes: The entire event was carefully orchestrated and put into action. Do you think that news photographer "just happened" to be there to photograph her booking at police headquarters?

 
2013-02-04 01:09:36 PM
All these posts and no comment about The Boondocks episode, "Return of the King"?  For shame, Fark, for shame...
 
2013-02-04 01:10:35 PM
It is hard not to read the POV that Dr. King provided in his voice. the man breathed and orated unity and togetherness in the toughest of times.

// Thank you Miss Rosa
/// You were the spark
 
2013-02-04 01:11:01 PM

planes: The entire event was carefully orchestrated and put into action. Do you think that news photographer "just happened" to be there to photograph her booking at police headquarters?


Of course it was orchestrated.  The point was to get attention.

duh
 
2013-02-04 01:15:29 PM
The thing that struck me most about this article ,aside from it being a window into an important part of our history, is the clear illustration it provides of the decline in writing ability in our country.
 
2013-02-04 01:16:08 PM
I'd like to echo the comments about MLK's writing: eloquant, elegant, passionate and beautifully expressed. One thing which surprised me was this

Negroes were not to resume riding the buses until (1) courteous treatment by bus operators was guaranteed, (2) passengers were seated on a first-come, first-served basis-Negroes seated from the back of the bus toward the front and whites seated from the front toward the back; (3) Negro bus operators were employed on predominantly Negro routes.

I had always assumed the aim was an end to segregation, not a slightly fairer (if that concept exists) form of segregation.
 
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