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Response to azmom (Reply #38)

Fri Nov 28, 2014, 11:30 AM

39. Those are damned good questions. One could have asked the

 

same about Rosa Parks some 60-odd years ago. Parks was preceded by a 16-year old, Claudette Colvin:

Claudette Colvin (born September 5, 1939) is a pioneer of the African-American civil rights movement. On March 2, 1955, she was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, preceding the more publicized Rosa Parks incident by nine months.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudette_Colvin


I can speak only for myself in these matters. I used to teach Freshman English in Kansas City, MO and had a smattering of students from St. Louis metropolitan and St. Louis County. So, for me, it is this awareness that, 20 years ago, Michael Brown could have easily been one of my students. I tend to take attacks on students personally.

I cannot speak for others, but we may all sense the senseless waste of potential that occurred here. Who among us can say what Michael Brown might have grown up to accomplish? And it was all taken away for something so banal as jaywalking (and possibly talking back).

That's as near as I can come right now.

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