Subject opinion to coercion: whom will you make your inquisitors? Fallible men, governed by bad passions, by private as well as public reasons. And why subject it to coercion? To produce uniformity? But is uniformity of opinion desirable? No more than of face and stature.

- Thomas Jefferson

The Right Thing

The passing of Rosa Parks gives pause. She was a woman who simply did the right thing: she took a stand for herself and refused to move to the back of the bus for a man because he was white. Rosa is credited as “the mother of the civil rights movement,” but she was simply taking a stand for her own dignity, doing the right thing.

Rosa Parks should always be remember as a great American, a great human being, who knew she had as much value as any other human being and was willing to take a stand for that truth. How many are willing to take a stand today for a truth? About as many as took a stand for truth in Rosa’s day; few.

She was special, and will be remembered. 92 years of living, that’s a full life.

posted at 08:02:34 on 10/25/05 by clearpolitics - Category: Farewell - [Permalink]

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