The more things change…

26 October 2005 at 07:22 Leave a comment

It’s somehow depressing to realize that in some ways things have actually improved in race relations in America since Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white man.

It’s not actually illegal for African-Americans not to behave subserviently in the South.

But, considering the numbers of black people, especially men, in jail, it’s still essentially illegal to be black in America.

The civil rights movement removed the hypocrisy from the written law, but essentially just picked the scab off of the day to day grinding issues of being African-American.

Segregation being a polite (how very Southern) term for degradation. And there was so much anger behind it. Still is.

I know a woman who lived in Alabama at the time of the civil rights changes there, and she still refers to Martin Luther King, Jr. as “that troublemaker”. I don’t know her well enough to ask the obvious question: Do you really think things were better when there was segregation?

Because I’m afraid I know her answer.


Entry filed under: misanthropy, Nothing New.

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