Rosa Parks, hero of the people. She didn’t want to sit in the back of the bus because it was demeaning. Or because she was too tired to walk. Public schools are vague on whether it was for principles or practicality. But anyway, with one simple sit, she launched the civil rights movement and proved it wasn’t nice to kill black people for no reason.
What a load of horse shit. Do people really believe this?
First, think about what’s not said in the story. How long was the bus held up? Two minutes? Two hours? We were never told.
There were other people on the bus. Maybe they had somewhere important to go. Many probably thought the segregation rules were unfair and didn’t care where blacks sit. Why were they punished for someone else’s bad law?
Was Parks arrested or did the bus just continue on? How long was she in jail for? Was she really the first black person to ever sit in the wrong section of the bus?
Well let’s see what Wikipedia says.
At the time, Parks was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She had recently attended the Highlander Folk School, a Tennessee center for training activists for workers’ rights and racial equality. She acted as a private citizen “tired of giving in”. Although widely honored in later years, she also suffered for her act; she was fired from her job as a seamstress in a local department store, and received death threats for years afterwards.
Shortly after the boycott, she moved to Detroit, where she briefly found similar work. From 1965 to 1988 she served as secretary and receptionist to John Conyers, an African-American US Representative. She was also active in the Black Power movement and the support of political prisoners in the US.
So she was a plant. A professional activist who stirred the pot just to stir, not because she was an oppressed worker. I seem to remember reading somewhere that they chose her over two other women to be the poster child of the movement.
“Suffered for her act” with such sacrifices of losing a job and receiving death threats. That’s like a typical month for me. Big fucking deal. I’m sure a major metropolitan city like Montgomery had plenty of seamstress jobs. It’s a real skill that’s not easily replaceable. Even in today’s sweatshop retail world, you can make very decent money with sewing skills.
Notice how unspecific the death threats are. It’s like today how feminists will claim they received “hundreds of death threats on the internet” when it’s just some teenager on Twitter rage-typing.
Then she moved to Detroit to cause more problems.
Although Parks’ autobiography recounts early memories of the kindness of white strangers, she could not ignore the racism of her society. When the Ku Klux Klan marched down the street in front of their house, Parks recalls her grandfather guarding the front door with a shotgun. The Montgomery Industrial School, founded and staffed by white northerners for black children, was burned twice by arsonists. Its faculty was ostracized by the white community. […] Parks worked as a housekeeper and seamstress for Clifford and Virginia Durr, a white couple. Politically liberal, the Durrs became her friends. They encouraged—and eventually helped sponsor—Parks in the summer of 1955 to attend the Highlander Folk School, an education center for activism in workers’ rights and racial equality in Monteagle, Tennessee.
And is there any recognition in our popular mythology for the kindness these whites showed to blacks? Shouldn’t they be the real heroes of the story, since they had the most to lose? No, of course not. Only black lives matter.
In December 1943, Parks became active in the civil rights movement, joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP, and was elected secretary at a time when this was considered a woman’s job. […] She worked for the local NAACP leader Edgar Nixon, even though he maintained that “Women don’t need to be nowhere but in the kitchen.” When Parks asked, “Well, what about me?”, he replied: “I need a secretary and you are a good one.”
Even I think that’s a little too sexist.
People often forget this, but the idea of black advocacy organizations and feminists working towards the same goals is a very recent partnership.
Although never a member of the Communist Party, she attended meetings with her husband. The notorious Scottsboro case had been brought to prominence by the Communist Party.
No surprise there. The Civil Rights Movement probably started off noble, but it was quickly subverted. Had Martin Luther King lived a few more years, his communist sympathies and whore-mongering would have been made more public, and he wouldn’t be such a national treasure.
And remember, at this time the Communist Party was as Soviet as the mosque down the road being funded by Saudi oil money.
Now for the famous arrest. Just look at her smug mug shot. She loves the thrill of being arrested. This was totally planned. Her white friend mentioned above, Clifford Durr, was her lawyer. His wife, Virginia, was close friends with Eleanor Roosevelt and sister-in-law to former klansman Supreme Court justice Hugo Black. (Though in the 20s, the klan was more of an anti-Catholic pyramid scheme than the race terrorism we commonly think of it as.) The arrest happened just four days after she attended a meeting about Emett Till.
So what happened is there was a white bus driver named James Blake. Parks claimed that in 1943 he left her standing outside in the rain after paying her fare (because blacks had to pay at the front and then re-enter through the back), but of course there’s no evidence of that beyond her own claims. And why would she lie? It’s not like she had something to achieve.
On December 1, 1955, she refuses to move on Blake’s bus in order to make room for a white passenger. So he had her arrested for breaking the law. And yeah, it was a terrible law that should have never existed. And no, I don’t buy the excuse that “he was just doing his job”. Blake shouldn’t have asked her to get up.
But Parks knew she was breaking the law. You can’t break the law in protest and then whine about the consequences. It’s like these antifa kids who show up at right-wing events (or a presidential inauguration), try to murder people, and then get indignant when they are in jail. You can see the poisonous spirit of today’s activism as hagiographic imitation of the civil rights movement. But the original civil rights movement wasn’t saintly — it was communist subversion trying to burn down society.
She spent the afternoon in jail, and Clifford Durr and Edgar Nixon bailed her out that evening.
Parks did not originate the idea of protesting segregation with a bus sit-in. Those preceding her included Bayard Rustin in 1942, Irene Morgan in 1946, Lillie Mae Bradford in 1951, Sarah Louise Keys in 1952, and the members of the ultimately successful Browder v. Gayle 1956 lawsuit (Claudette Colvin, Aurelia Browder, Susie McDonald, and Mary Louise Smith) who were arrested in Montgomery for not giving up their bus seats months before Parks.
Another crack in the myth. Parks wasn’t an innovator. She was just doing what the men around her told her to do. After all, it wouldn’t be nearly as sympathetic of a story if a young man was asked to move seats. No, it had to be a middle aged woman coming home from her manual labor job.
On Sunday, December 4, 1955, plans for the Montgomery Bus Boycott were announced at black churches in the area, and a front-page article in the Montgomery Advertiser helped spread the word. At a church rally that night, those attending agreed unanimously to continue the boycott until they were treated with the level of courtesy they expected, until black drivers were hired, and until seating in the middle of the bus was handled on a first-come basis.
Another secret about black society. Their churches are extremely political. Oftentimes more so than religious. And the religious is often prosperity gospel. After all, if their churches really were so traditionally Christian, blacks wouldn’t vote Democrat so heavily and they wouldn’t have so many broken families and they certainly wouldn’t keep Planned Parenthood so wealthy.
I totally understand wanting a basic level of human dignity, but they also agitated for affirmative action hiring practices. They wanted to steal a job from a more qualified person. Surely branding theft and intimidation as virtues in its foundational mythology wouldn’t have horrible effects on the black community fifty years later, yes?
The next day [December 5], Parks was tried on charges of disorderly conduct and violating a local ordinance. The trial lasted 30 minutes. After being found guilty and fined $10, plus $4 in court costs, Parks appealed her conviction and formally challenged the legality of racial segregation.
There’s nothing in this on how long it took to arrest her (and thus how long the other passengers were held up). A Google search only answers how long she was in jail as its suggested question. I would make the guess that it took half an hour for a police officer to arrive. It’s not like they had cell phones then.
Maybe a man’s wife was dying in the hospital. Maybe someone had just worked fourteen hours in a factory and had to wake up in another eight. Maybe a mother’s children were hungry and restless and she was having trouble calming them down. Maybe someone was on the way to an important job interview and was going to miss it.
Did any of that matter to Parks? Was this really the only way to organize a boycott? She couldn’t have used one of the other people arrested as a mascot?
And assuming her earlier story about Blake is true (she claimed that she made a point to avoid him after the 1943 incident), you know she picked him on purpose to punish him. She didn’t just accidentally get on his bus like she claimed.
But we never hear his side of the story. I couldn’t find any interviews with him. His Wikipedia page just has a small quote where he’s giving the “I’m just doing my job” excuse.
On the day of Parks’ trial — December 5, 1955 — the WPC distributed the 35,000 leaflets. The handbill read,
“We are … asking every Negro to stay off the buses Monday in protest of the arrest and trial … You can afford to stay out of school for one day. If you work, take a cab, or walk. But please, children and grown-ups, don’t ride the bus at all on Monday. Please stay off the buses Monday.”
That’s it? Just one day? I thought the Montgomery Bus Boycott was something long term that would really hit their wallet. What they did is as meaningless as all the Mexicans staying home from work for a day. It’s like when teachers stay home from work to protest their benefits being cut, and as a result kids get to stay home for a day and the men in society who do real work for a living roll their eyes.
Parks was considered the ideal plaintiff for a test case against city and state segregation laws, as she was seen as a responsible, mature woman with a good reputation. She was securely married and employed, was regarded as possessing a quiet and dignified demeanor, and was politically savvy. King said that Parks was regarded as “one of the finest citizens of Montgomery—not one of the finest Negro citizens, but one of the finest citizens of Montgomery.”
She had a little bit of white and Indian ancestry. That slight softening of the African features goes a long way. Politics is all about optics.
The hottest black woman ever was Nedra Talley of the Ronettes. She had white and Cherokee ancestry, and it all mixed together to form this exotic but familiar look.
In the end, black residents of Montgomery continued the boycott for 381 days. Dozens of public buses stood idle for months, severely damaging the bus transit company’s finances, until the city repealed its law requiring segregation on public buses following the US Supreme Court ruling in Browder v. Gayle that it was unconstitutional.
Bait and switch. They promised the boycott would only be one day and then guilted them into committing.
But I can’t really criticize them on this. They should have boycotted the bus long before. And a one-day boycott doesn’t accomplish anything.
What you don’t hear about is the number of sympathetic whites who boycotted the bus. I’m sure there were plenty. Or perhaps there were almost none. Why don’t we hear how whites reacted? It was their city too. Don’t white lives matter?
Again, notice the root of today’s riot culture. The boycott only happened after a single figure was arrested. That single figure was promoted to victim-hero status. In the same way, it takes only unarmed thug to be shot by the cops for word to spread all around the ghetto that it’s time to loot the liquor store.
And it’s important that it’s just one thug and not two or ten. Three’s a crowd. The more faces you have, the less specific they get. A movement needs a face and a name to follow. You can’t have unnamed masses. That’s just a statistic. One face with a name gives it a human element.
King wrote in his 1958 book Stride Toward Freedom that Parks’ arrest was the catalyst rather than the cause of the protest: “The cause lay deep in the record of similar injustices.” He wrote, “Actually, no one can understand the action of Mrs. Parks unless he realizes that eventually the cup of endurance runs over, and the human personality cries out, ‘I can take it no longer.'”
A communist black pastor-activist twisting scripture to advance a political agenda. No wonder the Democrats love him so much.
Parks moved away soon after. She started a speaking tour, though she and her husband had trouble finding work. In 1957 she moved to Detroit. I’m going to do another post on Detroit later, but shortly before the 1967 riot, Detroit was rated as one of the most racially progressive cities and had the highest standard of living for blacks in the country (and hence probably the world). The city didn’t immediate empty out after the riot. What happened was after the riot the politicians doubled down on the progressivism and tried to appease the rioters. Within a decade it became the arson capital of America.
In later years Parks became friends with her hero Malcolm X. She was a supporter of the Black Panther school in Oakland, and served on the Board of Advocates of Planned Parenthood. She was a vocal supporter of reparations and was admired by race terrorist Nelson Mandela.
In 1994 she was attacked in her Detroit home by a negro thug. Parks moved to a secure high rise apartment building to protect her from more negro thugs whom she helped have the right to vote and ride the bus and eat at whatever restaurant they want. The white founder of Little Caesar’s Pizza and Detroit patriot, Mike Ilitch, paid for her living expenses for the next several years. Which, honestly, I’ll have to admire him for.
The good news, at least, is that she never procreated.