Thank you Miss Rosa, you are the spark,No doubt that the late Rosa Parks was a heroine. Last night on CNN when Aaron Brown referred to her as the mother of the Civil Rights Movement, Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia went a step further called her one of the mothers of Modern America.
You started our freedom movement
Thank you Sister Rosa Parks.
The Neville Brothers
But when considering heroes, I like to consider villains too.
I'm not talking about the obvious villains of the Civil Rights era -- Wallace, Maddox, Bull Connor, the Ku Klux Kretins who committed bombings and lynchings and midnight terrorism.
I'm talking about someone who has fallen through the cracks of history: The white man on that bus in Montgomery in 1955 who wanted Rosa Parks' seat.
By all the accounts I've read, it was the bus driver, not this anonymous white passenger who caused the uproar -- ordering Parks to stand up or be arrested, then actually calling the police.
But I want to know how that white passenger felt that day.
Was he just another Alabama bigot, angry at the uppity nigger who was sitting in the seat that rightfully belonged to him?
Was he less than a hater, just a passive participant in the Jim Crow laws, quietly accepting segregation as the natural order of things? Did Parks' refusal confuse him? Did he really care about getting a seat all that much? Was he embarassed when the bus driver made a scene? Or was it he who reported Parks to the driver?
Did this guy's views of Civil Rights change through the years? Did he curse the sit-ins and freedom marches? Did he vote for George Wallace? Was he one of those who drove Parks and her husband out of Montgomery by making threatening phone calls?
Did he ever come to feel shame about that day on the bus? Did he ever feel less than manly about trying to oust a middle-aged woman from a seat on a bus?
Did he ever get to know Rosa Parks? Did he ever apologize? Did he ever realize that her act that day actually made him more free?
Is he dead or alive? Who is this guy? I believe the story of Rosa Parks is incomplete until we know.