I think most people in the United States are familiar with the story of Rosa Parks. She was a black woman who on December 1, 1955 refused to give up her seat to a white person after the white section filled up on the bus she was riding in Montgomery, Alabama. She was charged with disorderly conduct and for violating a city ordinance. Her arrest resulted in a boycott of the buses and later a movement that would help end segregation.
What is interesting is what she said of the incident.
People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically, or no more tired than I usually was at the end of a working day. I was not old, although some people have an image of me as being old then. I was forty-two. No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.
She was tired of giving in to unjust laws and had enough and revolted. The Jim Crow laws of that time were morality laws imposed upon the minority by the majority. The trend continues today. No we do not pass laws that discriminate against races. We do however pass laws that discriminate against people who we do not like. That is what morality laws are at their very core. It is the majority voting that a certain population of this country are criminals and should be imprisoned if they do not comply. The disliked group does not have to harm anyone. Just perform a behavior or be themselves. The black community dealt with this and lived with it and dare say accepted it because that was just the way it was. In fact the arresting officer stated this to Rosa Parks upon her arrest.
As the officer took her away, she recalled that she asked, "Why do you push us around?" She remembered him saying, "I don't know, but the law's the law, and you're under arrest
Police officers historically use no critical thought or support the Constitution in any way and just enforce the law. They don't have to agree with it, they just mindlessly enforce it. The majority of Americans go along with it. What changes the masses going along with the status quo are people like Rosa Parks who stand up against the machine and challenge it.
I did not want to be mistreated, I did not want to be deprived of a seat that I had paid for. It was just time... there was opportunity for me to take a stand to express the way I felt about being treated in that manner. I had not planned to get arrested. I had plenty to do without having to end up in jail. But when I had to face that decision, I didn't hesitate to do so because I felt that we had endured that too long. The more we gave in, the more we complied with that kind of treatment, the more oppressive it became
The more you give in, the more oppressive it becomes. Very wise words I must say and I agree 100% with that statement. Rosa Parks was right in violating the unjust law and standing up for what she believed in. Today we do not have laws that discriminate against race, but like I stated earlier we have far more laws that are "morality" based. Each year the federal government, state government or local government pass laws or ordinances that oppress people who have a behavior they do not like. It is time to stand up and start violating said laws.
Rosa Parks gave into fear and the status quo for 42 years. Finally on that 42nd year she had enough and rightfully so. She stood up and created change. People are arrested and killed by cops for selling loosies on the street, carrying a bb gun being sold in Walmart, drugs, and for violating thousands of other laws that have no victim. They are simply performing a behavior that the majority find offensive. Both the left and right wing support these type of laws. When will it change? When will people realize that throwing people they do not like in prison is not the answer? Will it be when our system collapses from debt? It costs money to enforce all of these laws. Money we simply do not have.
Will they change their mind when a loved one is thrown in prison for making a wrong decision? What if Obama, Bush or Clinton had been arrested for drugs? They would not have been President I can assure you. Should we really be throwing people in prison for wanting pleasure or for self medicating? You may not agree with it, but it really has no bearing on your life.
I can feel a tension in the air. People are getting tired of big government and the laws. They are getting tired of police and being killed by them. The biggest reason for police killings are morality laws. Take away 90% of laws and there would be less police interaction and less fear of police. People are starting to revolt. These revolts will end up with more laws in place to oppress the people even more which of course will cause more rebellion and more people in prison which will create more debt.
So Rosa Parks taught us you can be successful standing up against oppressive laws. That we should not give into fear.
Who is going to be the next Rosa Parks?