By Jonathan Bean | Friday November 20, 2015 at 11:53 AM PST | 1 Comment
Sixty years ago, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat for a white man and was arrested for disobeying Montgomery, Alabama’s segregation ordinance. The story is well-known, even today, as we celebrate “Rosa Parks Day” (December 1). Following her arrest, African Americans organized a boycott of the city’s privately-owned bus company. Martin Luther King, Jr. became spokesman for street protests and, ever since, the civil rights movement is remembered as a militant expression of civil disobedience and “taking it to the streets.” Within a year, the city ended desegregation, but not for the reasons you might think. The real heroes behind Rosa Parks were the NAACP lawyers who battered down the walls of institutional racism with the force of the constitution, color-blind law, and capitalist forces that worked against racism—hallmarks of the classic liberal tradition of civil rights.
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By Mary Theroux | Wednesday December 1, 2010 at 9:12 AM PST | 8 Comments
Today marks the 55th anniversary of Rosa Parks’s refusal to move to the back of the bus. As she explained in her book, Quiet Strength: Our mistreatment was just not right, and I was tired of it. Institutionalized by racist laws and upheld by racist governments, especially across the American South, such humiliations were...
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By David Beito | Tuesday August 3, 2010 at 6:53 PM PST | 6 Comments
In my capacity as chair of the Alabama State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights I am featured today in two Fox stories (print and television). Our committee has been investigating eminent domain as a civil rights issue. The stories describe how “eminent domain through the back door” has become commonplace...
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Tags: civil rights, David Beito, eminent domain, Land use, Liberty, low-income blacks, private property, Property Rights, Rosa Parks, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Urban Issues