Okay, I'll bite. What exactly is the difference between "rights" and "social privileges"?
Originally Posted by Snorunt conservationist
That's what I hate the most about Republicans. You use so many legal loopholes and technicalities, never realizing that you're treating people's lives as statistics while doing so. People are NOT numbers!
Just because you COULD doesn't mean you SHOULD.
Let me tell you a little story.
James Fred Blake was a simple bus driver in Alabama. One day in 1943, a black woman boarded the bus and paid the fare. She then moved to her seat but Blake told her to follow city rules and enter the bus again from the back door. She exited the bus, but before she could re-board at the rear door, Blake drove off, leaving her to walk home in the rain. Understandably, she didn’t like it.
Twelve years later, on December 1, 1955, fate proved a rascal. Blake and the same woman - her name, by the way, was Rosa Parks, in case it hasn't sunk in yet - encountered each other again when he ordered her and three other blacks to move from the middle to the back of his Cleveland Avenue bus in order to make room for a white passenger. Whether he remembered her or not, we may never know; I kinda doubt it. But she clearly remembered him. She defied his orders, and as you know, this famous incident prompting the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
"I wasn't trying to do anything to that Parks woman except do my job. She was in violation of the city codes, so what was I supposed to do? That damn bus was full and she wouldn't move back. I had my orders."
Well, Mr. Blake, congratulations, you did what you thought was right. And history was likely changed because of it. For the better, yes, but likely not the way you or the folks you supported would have liked it.
"When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all."
- "God", from the Futurama episode "Godfellahs"
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