literally in my 1st grade book that I read and learned about her for the first time, it described her as “a woman named rosa. rosa’s feet were tired.”
that’s it. rosa’s feet were tired.
that doesn’t begin to scratch the surface, and it’s so important that we know the rest.
Correction: Rosa Parks was not only a trained activist, she and her activist buddies were specifically trying to recreate an incident that had happened earlier.
You see, the actual, spontaneous, unplanned incident was done nine months earlier by a black girl named Claudette Colvin. She was in the section designated for black people, however, the front became crowded and she was told to move to make way for a white woman (who was actually fine with standing as it turns out, to show how adamantly racist the bus driver was). She refused and was arrested.
Rosa Parks was a secretary at one of many chapters of NAACP and they had seen the incident but they had multiple reasons for not wanting to publicize it when it happened. One was that Claudette was a minor. Another possibility is that Claudette had some marks on her past that could have been considered questionable or immoral and they wanted someone that white people couldn’t pick apart as a villain or a thug for when it happened.
So they staged the incident all over again with Rosa Parks as the victim and when it played out just like they thought, they slammed it with as much attention and media as they could to publicize it.
I remember the first time I read about her, she was described as tired.
The next time, it was “she wasn’t physically tired. She was tired of giving up her position as a person to a man who probably didn’t work as hard as she did that day.”
There was never anything about Claudette Colvin, which is horrible.
[for the image above: ID: a tweet by user @/twoscooters . the text fo the tweet says: “Obligatory reminder that Rosa Parks was a trained activist and the common myth that she was ‘just tired’ exists to rob her of agency & power”. end ID]
The presence or absence of a man in your life does not determine your value or worth.
Mariah the Scientist - 2 You
1. Cheryl Blossom
2. Betty Cooper
3. Veronica Lodge
Majid Jordan - Been Through That
Mabel - Let Them Know
Jessie Murph - Upgrade
I’m currently obsessed with this song!
nah I’m not into white guys sry
Martin Luther King would be 92 if he was alive today.
Emmett Till would be 79.
Racist lynchings are very recent. It’s not ancient history.
Joe Biden is 78, for reference.
It is not ancient history, gone and past. It is recent, and /not over./