Was equal opportunity bigotry an expected outcome of the Montgomery Bus Boycott?
|Rosa Parks: a Life|
by Douglas Brinkley
Jim Crow on every corner?
Everybody free to hate?
Is that what Rosa Parks was after?
Is that what the Montgomery Bus Boycott was all about?
Everyone born with a chip on their shoulder?
There are Americans who contend that Jim Crow lurks on the frayed edges of society in a "new and improved" multi-racial format that supports the inalienable right of every American to be or become an equal opportunity bigot.
Equal opportunity bigotry, seemingly rapidly becoming a universal U.S. privilege, can be demonstrated without regard to race, creed, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, physical ability, occupation, income, intelligence, integrity or honesty as demonstrated in today's political campaigns, corporate boardrooms and Congressional hearings, all playing out before our very eyes like reality television shows on social media, network news broadcasts and the streets of American cities.
|A "Colored School" in South Carolina, ca.1878|
The fact is: If it had not been for Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat that first day of December in 1955, all of the above, including anti-Jim Crow legislation, may have been delayed or even halted by southern segregationists and others afraid of the race battle that started it all.
When the Montgomery Bus Boycott began, I was in first grade at an overcrowded segregated Jim Crow school not intended to accommodate both elementary and middle school grades, which included sharing single-student desks and used hand-me-down books from area mainstream schools. That, however, was the custom since the end of the Civil War, beyond the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v the Board of Education, and continued after Rosa Parks sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott from 1955-56.