May 19, 2024

Hankering for History

Hanker: To have a strong, often restless desire, in this case for–you guessed it–history!

Montgomery Bus Boycott / My Experience

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As I headed to Florida today for my summer vacation, I was fortunate enough to take a small field-trip to the Montgomery Bus Boycott Exhibit at Troy University, in Montgomery, Alabama. I had my own hankering for history experience, which had to be filled! My lovely wife, was more than willing to accompany me on this educational endeavor.

I am sure this will be held over my head at a later date in exchange for a Coach handbag or an iPad!

Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University
Standing in front of the Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University!

So I went, and it was very informative. I had always heard about Rosa Parks and her involvement in the Montgomery Bus Boycott, but the specifics were fuzzy. I had either not learned or forgotten the extreme length of the boycott. I certainly was not aware of how organized the first days of the boycott were. The boycott was established and served as a major victory for the civil rights revolution.

As I got to the end of the exhibit, I thought to myself, “How is it that almost one-hundred years after the Civil War, that blacks were still treated so unfairly?” Then as I got out to my car I was thinking, “How is it that here, almost fifty years later, we don’t allow same-sex marriages?”

As far as America has come in the fight to create and preserve civil rights, how can we still deter minority groups from accessing equality?

As a heterosexual, white man, I cannot relate to the mistreatment of blacks, women, or members of the LGBT community. Based on history though, I can see the pattern of abuses against these groups. As blacks and women have gained their individual rights, I can only imagine that it is a matter of time before the LGBT community does.

Hopefully, there will be a Rosa Parks entry coming soon. As I said earlier, I was unaware of the heavy involvement and the process involved in the boycott. I think everyone would be interested–as I was–in the history of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. So, a post on this topic should come to fruition shortly. 🙂

Hanging out with Rosa Parks!
Hanging out with Rosa Parks!

5 thoughts on “Montgomery Bus Boycott / My Experience

  1. I absolutely love how you’ve conflated the perfectly legitimate grievances that black people rightly had during the time of Jim Crow laws, with the asinine and risible theory that society should provide marriage subsidies―which were intended to subsidize the bearing and raising of children―to those who can never conceive or bear children due to their aberrant sexual deviance.

      1. Now that I have had some time to reflect on your comment, I have a serious question. By your logic, the tax breaks given to heterosexual marriages because of their burden to “bearing and raising of children”, should not be given to those who cant?
        I am to understand that a 70 year old couple that gets married should not be fill under a joint married status on their taxes? That a young married couple that cannot conceive should be exempt from receiving marriage subsidies?
        If this is the case, can a same-sex couple adopt a baby from China and start to receive the proper government subsidizing?

        1. So you’re in Seaside…that’s not too far from me (Tallahassee).

          Musuems: There’s a maritime musuem in Apalachicola. But even there wasn’t, you want to check Apalach out. Where the ice machine was invented.

          And in Carrabelle, maybe 30 minutes east of Apalach, is a WW2 musuem of the Army camp that was there.

          You wife can pick up the Coach handbag at the outlet mall in Destin…

        2. IRS tax breaks, the military’s “basic allowance for housing” the social security benefit for survivors, to name a few, were all designed to encourage heterosexual couples to get married and have children. You can deny deny deny all you want but that won’t make you right. Your 70 year olds probably don’t have that much taxable income anyway, and your infertile couple are merely exceptions to the rule and will likely try to adopt. Obviously same-sex couples shouldn’t be allowed to adopt lest they indoctrinate the innocent baby to their own aberrant sexual preference.

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