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    that stereotype of her made her seem, I think, more apolitical, long-suffering and perhaps in the eyes of Whites at the time, more reasonable than if they knew she was an organizer and activist who may have "staged" a purposeful protest.(I myself would not respond this way, but I know that other whites have/did, especially my parent's generation). It is easy to empathize with that false narrative and then, hopefully follow it back to the unfairness to Blacks of all of Jim Crow. (I am speaking of course of white people who didn't know particular much nor perhaps empathize or feel particular concern about the suffering under Jim Crow) I learned Nothing about Jim Crow in my white household growing up in the 70s, nor did  I hear anything about it in my school in the Northeast.

    I was taught as a child that after doing physical labor all day, Mrs. Parks was just tired and sick of always standing up. Probably her feet were sore, I recollect my stay-at-home mom saying with obvious empathy.

     So though the false story of her quiet meakness diminished her accomplishments, which she deserves to be lauded and remembered for, it did seemingly have a backhand positive I think.

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