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.

Advertisements

Entry filed under: misanthropy, Nothing New.

Fry on poetry Johnson’s Griffith

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


What I’ve been reading:

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

T. Anderson Painter

I am a misanthrope. No one ever believes me, but this seems to prove my point.

Archival

Copyright

2003-2013 T. Anderson Painter
all rights reserved


%d bloggers like this: