Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Using Rosa Like Wellstone!

Kathryn Lopez looks at Rosa Parks' funeral service and sees a political event... sounds like the Wellstone! Memorial! from three years ago.

Just listen to (the always available) Reverand Al Sharpton.

"I heard somebody say Jim Crow is who she fought and Jim Crow is still around. But Jim Crow is old. That's not who I'm mindful of today. The problem is Jim Crow has sons."


"One we gotta battle," Sharpton continued, "is James Crow Jr. Esq. He's a little more educated. He's a little slicker. He's a little more polished. But the results are the same. He doesn't put you in the back of the bus. He just puts referendums on the ballot to end affirmative action when you can't go to school. He doesn't call you a racial name, he just marginalizes your existence. He doesn't tell you that he's set against you, he sets up institutional racism. Where you have a nation respond looking for weapons in Iraq that are not there but can't see a hurricane in Louisiana that is there."

Kathryn takes time to mention some respectful words to honor Rosa. I'll let you see for yourself.


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