Who Was Rosa Parks Again.....?

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    On this day, July 16,1854...

    24-year old African-American schoolteacher Elizabeth Jennings boarded a bus at Pearl and Chatham on her way to church. Told by the driver to get off, she refused and was removed by the police. She sued the bus company - a first by an African –American, an won $500 (the court cut her award to $225).

    She was thus instrumental in integrating the bus system of New York City- which had the nations’ largest African-American population at the time, and performed this over a hundred years before the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks (arrested December 1, 1955).

    She was successfully represented by a smart 21-year old lawyer, Chester Arthur, who would go on to become the 21st president of the United States.

    Another 'first' for the Big Apple!
     
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    We had buses in 1854??
     
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    In the early 19th century, there were two common modes of public transportation: omnibuses and streetcars, both pulled by horses. New York's first bus route was probably on 4th Avenue in 1831. By the 1850s, urban development in Manhattan stretched to 59th Street and there were streetcar tracks on most of the major avenues, from First to Eighth. Omnibuses were cheaper; streetcars were bigger, more comfortable, and moved on fixed tracks.

    But in the 1830s and early 1840s, blacks couldn't use public transportation if any white passenger or the driver objected. Drivers carried whips and used them to keep blacks off. Threats of legal retaliation were laughed at.
    Elizabeth Jennings Graham - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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    I always thought it was odd that Rosa Parks was elevated to such a high status just for being a bystander (bysitter?) in the Civil Rights movement. Did she do anything else besides get arrested?
     
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    only takes a spark
     
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    so the answer is basically no? she was just at the right time and place? and now she is in every american history book. for sitting?
     
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    Rosa Parks is a recipient of the Congressional Gold medal

    the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress.

    Efforts to diminish and degrade her via poorly worded history here defile this honor, not only for Rosa, but for all who stand awarded this

    so what this thread boils down to is simply more hate, from the oppressive hearts of those who claim to be American, while construing rationale to discredit those bright lights who have made America the land of the free
     
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    Here we see the kind of post by a back-bencher who cares not about the meaing of the subject about which he post, but rather cries out for relevance, for attention, for the slimmest of opportunities to participate... which he shows no ability to do!

    An 'ooo- I know something, too..." post.

    "Efforts to diminish and degrade her ..."

    This OP was, of course, neither.

    "... from the oppressive hearts of those who claim to be American,..."
    And the technique of this dolt is one which centers on raising ones' assumed status by tearing down another...the 'zero-sum' view of human interaction.

    Jerk.

    To review,
    1...the title of the OP was a tongue-in-cheek reference to the historic nature of efforts by "24-year old African-American schoolteacher Elizabeth Jennings" ...

    2. who was racially identical to Rosa Parks, performing the same singular act...

    3. but far younger...half the age, and there for less able to judge the results of her actions,

    4. and far braver, in that she took said action in a time and place that nine years later would see riots and blacks hung from lamp-posts...

    5. and whose actions should more properly have been awarded metals and historicity than Ms.Parks.

    Instead, this syphlitic idiot finds some sort of effort to " diminish and degrade her via poorly worded history here defile this honor,..." evincing no connection with reading comprehension, the English language, or reality.

    Both black, same act, but a hundred years earlier!

    I can't decide whether you post was heavier on 'malicious' or on 'stupid.'


    Retract or reword!
     
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    it's easy to hit a nerve when one projects such darkness of heart on the 'net PC

    perhaps you should consider the vunderable position you pose when you do so eh?

    ~S~
     

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