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Old 10-24-2005, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default (OT) sorry to say this but rosa parks has died at the age of 92.

i know some of you know already know the news. any ways she died of natural causes.
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Saw this in my news pager this morning and felt a bit sad. I can't be too sorry. I mean, of course it's sad to see her go, but at the same time, she lived a good, long life, and her life also stood for something. How many people can say that? She actually made a difference. She lived her life with dignity and her memory will live on. Quite a legacy.
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I read that on the paper too. She will be missed.
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She was an important figure. I didn't even realize she had been around this long!

Can this thread go to the main board? That seems the place for OT stuff that we want to talk about anyway - not the weight board.
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Who? I've never heard of her.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks
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She was a key figure in the American civil rights movement. She refused to give up her seat in the front of a bus to a white passenger. (Back then, black people could only sit in the back.) I guess you Brits never had much of a problem with civil rights as slavery was outlawed from the start there?
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Oh right.

Heh most people I know are racist.
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She was a key figure in the American civil rights movement. She refused to give up her seat in the front of a bus to a white passenger. (Back then, black people could only sit in the back.) I guess you Brits never had much of a problem with civil rights as slavery was outlawed from the start there?
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Actually, she WAS in the back of the bus, the colored section. She refused to give up her seat to a white guy who couldn't find an available seat in the front of the bus. That's one fact I never knew about her! But I do believe that she was chosen by the NAACP to get that ball rolling (again), as opposed to acting wholly on her own. Fascinating story, either way.
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This is very tragic news. Rosa Parks inspired 2 generations (Depression children and baby boomers) to rise up against racial oppression and stand for justice.
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Wonderful article about Ms. Parks Here.
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She was a key figure in the American civil rights movement. She refused to give up her seat in the front of a bus to a white passenger. (Back then, black people could only sit in the back.) I guess you Brits never had much of a problem with civil rights as slavery was outlawed from the start there?
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What are you talking about? Britian ran (read, "had a monopoly on") the slave trade from the mid seventeenth century when Portugal lost its influence (~1640) until they outlawed it in 1807!
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Next to Dr. King, she was the purest example of Civil Disobedience for a more righteous purpose.. May God Bless her
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http://archive.parade.com/2004/1003/...ots_irish.html For decades I'd had my eye on the hidden far-right agenda of PARADE Magazine, with its wildly disinformative articles about the efficacy of dieting , as a tip-off... scroll halfway down... shortly after 9-11 they whipped up this whopper about Parks' bus-seat resistance being due to her Scots-Irish DNA component ...
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Interesting link!

I didn't know that the bus in which she rode is in a Museum in Michigan.

I also read that she was robbed and battered over ten years ago in her Detroit home. How awful.

Rosa Parks led an incredible legacy.
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i know some of you know already know the news. any ways she died of natural causes.
Yes, I saw that. She lived a long, valuable life. It still saddens and baffles me that the United States carries such a shameful thing as segregation and racism in its history, and one that in some respects continues on today. Then again, we are the nation that has never had a female president, finds the very notion of one shocking and worthy of much debate while pretty much all other civilized countries have had female leaders. We're also the nation with shockingly naive moral double standards, and other hapless incongruencies ill-becoming of a "superpower." We are at the same time incredibly advanced and openminded, and hideously backwards and childish.
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First of all, calm down. I'm fully aware that Britain ran a massive slave trading "industry" (or whatever it would be called). And although they technically outlawed in slavery 1807, they didn't practice it in the UK since the middle ages. Meaning that it happened in their colonies, not their homeland. So they never really had much reason for a civil rights problem with stemming from slavery.
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I'm sorry if I upset you before, but it really sounded like you'd washed the entire british nation's hands of the matter and I figured that was as good a point as any to start ranting. You're right that British racism has its roots in other places than triangle trade slavery, but the timing and quantity of the pertinent legislation in the British Isles does point to certian simularities with the Americas. I wish I'd taken European history.

There were no plantations on the island, but a fair number of slaves. Slavery was legal in Great Britain until 1768 when any mention of the practice at all finally made its way into the law books freeing every slave anyone brought home after a trip out west. All 10-20,000 or so of them. Considering British slave merchants managed to keep in business for another forty years it does seem they knew where their bread was buttered, didn't it?

Enough with the pontification. Rosa Parks was a great woman, had a great life, and I'm sure she's somewhere good now.
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I agree, Conrad. But it seems to never really go away. Look at the internment camps in WWII, and the current day racial profiling of those of Middle Eastern descent. And that's not even including ongoing descrimination against blacks and hispanics. We never seem to learn, really. Well, maybe a little. It's at least heartening that some kind of cry went up at the post-911 profiling, which is a change from the deafening silence during the removal of Japanese to the camps during WWII. Fear really screws things up, because so often the reaction is knee-jerk.
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