Monday, October 24, 2005

farewell to rosa parks

Rosa Parks died today; MSNBC has the story.

As she herself said, she wasn't just tired that day in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white man. She just felt that she had the right to be treated the same as any other passenger. I still find it difficult to comprehend that such treatment in the US used to be legally condoned. And I find mindboggling and inspiring the courage of people like Rosa Parks to stand up to it -- not in the courts, where people will usually be on civilized behavior, but on the buses and in the drugstores and on the streets and at the voting places, where standing up for fair treatment could get you killed.

Farewell, Rosa Parks.