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  •  Careful with the ahistoricity there. (2+ / 0-)
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    Rosa Parks may not have had a manifesto, but her action certainly wasn't spontaneous, as the romantic American histories like to pretend it was.

    She was an NAACP activist who was chosen by the movement to be the face of that campaign. When she remained seated in the bus, she was the vanguard of an organized movement whose plans for action were already in place.

    Rosa Parks is not an example of "mobilize and then organize"—in fact, she's an example of exactly the opposite principle.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 02:43:45 PM PDT

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    •  Fine. Let's go with Sarah Keys (0+ / 0-)

      who earlier committed a similar act of civil disobedience that may have inspired Parks.

      Parks herself says her refusal to give up her seat was spontaneous. (She had had brushes with the same bus driver in the past.)

      I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for. It was just time... there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became.

      (My bolding for a resonance with the present...)

      Did she have a copy of the 1963 Civil Rights Act or MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech or a bullet-pointed electoral strategy in her pocket? If so, the historical record doesn't reflect it.

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      by chuckvw on Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 04:55:39 PM PDT

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