Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 4 months ago

Why was Rosa Parks any different from other black people who wouldn't give up their seat?

She wasn't the first black person to refuse to get up for a white person, so why was it when she did it, a movement started. I'm glad it did, but what was it about her that made her any different than the many others before her that just got arrested for it, with nothing significant ever coming from it?

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  • 4 months ago
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    One girl fought the cops and they charged her with resisting arrest. The NAACP could not very well defend that. Another one had a father who was a well known drunk. That would not have played well to the press. So they sent in their shill, Rosa, with clear instructions not to fight the cops. Since she had a clean record (and a history of working for the NAACP) she was used as the test case. Good that you know she was not the first....keep up on the facts.

  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    Rosa Parks was not just some black lady who would not give up her seat on a bus.The whole thing was planed. At the time, Parks was secretary of the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP. She had recently attended the Highlander Folk School, a Tennessee center for training activists for workers' rights and racial equality. She acted as a private citizen "tired of giving in" Black activists had begun to build a case to challenge state bus segregation laws around the arrest of a 15-year-old girl, Claudette Colvin, a student at Booker T. Washington High School in Montgomery. On March 2, 1955, Colvin was handcuffed, arrested and forcibly removed from a public bus when she refused to give up her seat to a white man. At the time, Colvin was an active member in the NAACP Youth Council; Rosa Parks was an advisor. f E. D. Nixon, president of the local NAACP chapter and a member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Nixon intended that her arrest be a test case to allow Montgomery's black citizens to challenge segregation on the city's public buses. With this goal, community leaders had been waiting for the right person to be arrested, a person who would anger the black community into action, who would agree to test the segregation laws in court, and who, most importantly, was "above reproach". When Colvin was arrested in March 1955, Nixon thought he had found the perfect person, but the teenager turned out to be pregnant. Nixon later explained, "I had to be sure that I had somebody I could win with." Parks was a good candidate because of her employment and marital status, along with her good standing in the community.

  • Athena
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    She wasn't.

    She just chose to take a stand, get arrested, and force the issue.

    Civil disobedience is an important tool but it must be used right.

    You have to choose the right victim for "THE MAN" to come down on.

    It has to be sympathetic for the rest of the world to get upset about it.

  • 4 months ago

    Because the blacks have never rallied around other members of the black community to boycott the bus corporation that was deemed responsible for Parks humiliation. It was the first time ever that the blacks have taken concerted action against the perceived institutional racism of the American South.

    This marked a turning point in the Black civil rights movement in the USA.

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  • gerald
    Lv 7
    4 months ago

    like the young lady advocating climate change there is something about them that inspires people like Trump the other way and Hitler

  • Anonymous
    4 months ago

    Because she was friends with (among others) Martin Luther King and other black activists.

    She wasn't the first black person to give up her seat, and the boycott that followed was not the first one in the US, or in Montgomery.

    What made her case different was it came after a landmark ruling in the case of Brown v Board of Education, where the court outlawed segregation in schools and thereby undermined its legal legitimacy in other areas. That case was brought by National Association for the Advancement of Colored People who took up Park's case and the rest is history.

    It was more a matter of the time having come and it could have been anyone, but Rosa was a sympathetic figure in contrast to the white bus driver, Fred Blake

  • 4 months ago

    First she was a member of the NAACP, which was a lot more intelligent in those days than it is now. So she was well aware of the political and social issues involved, as well as the legal implications, and how to behave during an act of civil disobedience. She was smart and calm, yet assertive. In other words, she was a good litigant.

    She had no criminal record, and did not lose her temper. And she had the connections to get the legal help she needed in order to fight this unjust law.

  • 4 months ago

    She put her life on the line and paid dearly for it.

    • bluebellbkk
      Lv 7
      3 months agoReport

      I agree it could have been physically dangerous, but how did Ms Parks 'pay dearly' for her action?

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