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  •  Stereotypes Die Hard (34+ / 0-)

    And cultural fictions die harder.   The cultural fiction of Sis. Rosa Parks as a quiet woman who was just tired rather than the fierce warrior for justice she was from an early age is one that needs to.  Thanks for writing this diary to educate folks about the truth of her life, and the lives of other women in the struggle that most here have never heard of, such as Jo Ann Robinson and Septima Clark.

    Peace and Happy Sunday to you, Ms. Dee, and everyone.

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    by shanikka on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 06:09:40 AM PST

    •  It seems like just as soon as we shred one set (18+ / 0-)

      of stereotypes - like a many headed hydra - others take their place.

      I was thinking about you while writing this - since you have often pointed out the shallow portraiture offered on MLK Jr.

      Happy Sunday Sis S - good morning (so happy you are up early)

      "If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition." Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon

      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Feb 02, 2014 at 06:17:19 AM PST

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    •  here is the tension (2+ / 0-)

      There is nothing wrong with being tired and demanding that you have a right to the seat that you rented.  If you go to the theatre, you will see white people doing this all the time.  Demanding the seat they were assigned, sending people who could not afford the seats to the back.  

      I think most people who are familiar with civil rights movement are familiar with her 'true' life.  However, we have to accept that there are always vagaries in the story.  Everyone, even the living, has a story they wish people to know, a story that others who want them to be heroes wish others to know, and then there are a number of stories that others will concoct to reach other objectives.

      Such as the idea that we need warriors of justice.  Maybe we do.  Maybe this is metaphorical.  Maybe I don't know what I am talking about and don't have any right to say anything.  But the 20th century pretty much proved that those who would use warriors to prove a point were must less just than those and had less long term benifits than those who would simply insist on justice and not cooperate with an injust institution.

      It is the difference between expected others to do the heavy lifting, expecting other to be the ones who die, and accepting that change is one's own responsibility.  It is like the ads against the ACA in which the entitled largely white people are complaining that they are having to make sacrifices so that others might have economic justice.  We owe what justice we have to those who sat at the lunch counter, got beaten down and did not resist, got push back by water hoses, went to school, would not get up.

      Every day I honor these people who just decided that they were going to live an authentic life, that decided they had the right to act like the entitled.  Does a white man who takes a black womens seat have to be a fierce warrior.  No all he has to be is coward.  Does the black women have to be a fierce warior.  No all she has to do is decide that she is the white mans equal.  Not better, not looking to take something that was not hers to begin with, simply an equal.

      And this is what I have seen in my life.  When a black family enters a 'white' church, they are asserting equality, and when that 'white' church accepts them, they are honoring equality  When an interracial couple featured on a TV commercial we are not being brave, we are honoring that such things exists and they are equal to what a few may believe are more convention things.

      So here is the story I like to tell.  It may be fake, it may be wrong, I may be full of crap, but here it is.  Anyone can make a choice to demand to be equal.  They don't have to be brave, they don't have to be fierce, all they have to do is sit.  Now, if things get rough, maybe you do have to take action like the Jenna Six.  But I really would hope that things would not be taken that far.

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