Rosa Parks Dies at Age 92
Rosa Parks passed away Monday night, a determined woman of time and place, forever and always. We all have to get off of this bus at some point: she leaves it worse for the loss of her. When Mrs. Parks said "no" to our nation's apartheid she taught millions that "no" could be said. Thank you, Rosa Parks.
I think of the 2000 election, and those 20 members of the House of Representatives (largely from the black caucus) standing in the Senate, looking for one Senator to stand with them to protest and object to the charade of appointing Bush as President, of discounting votes under the guise of protecting Bush's civil rights. Not one Senator stood, no Spartacus moment, no defiant dignity on a bus in Alabama. We deserve better. Rosa Parks taught us all a wonderful and timely lesson, that when enough is enough do not cower, do not go along to get along, but stand for what you believe, and sit for what is your right. Dear Senators: are you listening?
Bless you, Rosa Parks. May flights of angels attend thee to thy rest, and don't you give up your seat in the pantheon for anyone you don't choose to give it up for (as if!).