October 25, 2005

Civil Rights

Rosa Parks died Monday. Her refusal to move from her seat helped desegregate public transportation in Montgomery, Alabama. A simple act of civil disobedience, not to create trouble, thrust this unlikely department store worker into the spotlight of the Civil Rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the boycott at just 26 years of age.

A few years ago I read The Children by David Halberstaam. It was a look at the beginning stages of the Civil Rights Movement and the college students who led the sit-ins at local, segregated diners. They were beaten, arrested, and some were killed for their belief that all humanity, whether white or black, were equal.

The civil disobedience couple with non-violent resistence was amazingly effective, but slow. Unfortunately many turned to violence to speed up the process. What happen, though, was more hostility, resistence, and reverse discrimination.

Racism, discrimination, and segregation are wrong wherever they are found. We are not allowed to treat other human beings as inferior. I think slavery and racism has left a scar on the United States that will never be erased--no matter how many attempt to live otherwise.

"Love your neighbor as yourself."

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