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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks has died, her action on the bus led Martin Luther King Jr to organise a boycott that eventually helped pass the Civil Rights Act. She epitomised the passive resistance movement, although she didn't really mean to at the time... do the crime, face the music and expose bad laws.

Interestingly she also helped to break the hold of Democrats on the South with the passing of the Civil Rights Act. The Act was solidly opposed by the Southern members who were overwhelmingly Democrats. The great ex-Klansman Robert Byrd, who still resides in government, spoke at great length during an 80 day filibuster to block the Act. Funny how old sods like him are still cosily ensconced in Washington after so many years. In other accidents of history, Charlton Heston, the great NRA bogey man of Michael Moore fame, was in the early sixties a Democrat civil rights activist who went with MLK Jr on protests long before it was cool for celebs to do so. He is now famous for his "cold dead hands speech" when opposing Al Gore's on removal of 2nd Amendment rights. Gun laws were often enacted to keep guns out of the hands of law abiding blacks and one of the principal opponents of the Civil Rights Act was Al Gore Sr. History is an amusing thing in hindsight sometimes.
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Posted by Chefen | 10/25/2005 06:02:00 PM

3 Comments:

Blogger Graeme Edgeler said...

"History is an amusing thing in hindsight sometimes."

As opposed to history being amusing with foresight?

10/25/2005 06:50:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

OK OK. I meant it is amusing sometimes when you don't have to live through it.

10/25/2005 06:51:00 PM  
Blogger Sean said...

Given the history of the Democratic party (the Dred Scott decision, the Confederacy, and Jim Crow laws) I'm amazed by the support they get from black Americans today. And I don't think they've changed their spots - the welfare state has done more to destroy black families than the KKK ever did.

10/26/2005 03:58:00 PM  

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