Friday 25 August 2006

Back to James Blake and Rosa Parks - 1955 to 2006

Losing the religion of liberties

I would not be speaking too soon if I suggest that all the freedoms and liberties we fought for and gained in the last 50 years of the 20th Century are disappearing into the cloud of the war on terrorism that fosters profiling, discrimination, segregation and suspicion amongst people who had heretofore been neighbours expressing all manner of civility.

Rosa Parks must be turning in her grave as news arrives that blacks were asked to give up their seats for white kids by a school bus driver.

This in the self-same United States of America – Read on (unfortunately the Shreveport Times has killed this link).

As the story goes, this happened in Coushatta, Louisiana on the 24th of August 2006 where 9 black kids were asked to give up their seats for fellow white students on a bus. I have included a transcript from the CNN about the event. (Search for Coushatta on the page to land within the text of the matter).

This town has history.

Updated 11th March 2008

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