As a stay-at-home mother with no cable, I spend a lot of time amusing myself on YouTube after the baby is in bed. I watch so many different types of things that it is hard to pin down exactly what makes me tick.
Last night, I started by watched a Madonna video ended up watching Art Linkletter in vintage "Kids Say the Darndest Things" segments. I was enjoying the adorable kids and their responses when I scrolled down and read some of the comments.
There was a lot about "how much better things were in the 50's" so I left a "cheeky" comment on one fellow who stated that "People were just classier and cooler back then...even the kids."
My reply was "I'm guessing you're a white guy and not one of the black men or women who would have been sitting on the back of the bus. Don't forget, not everything was peachy back then. We've come a long way."
That was it. I didn't think it was particularly inflammatory or rude.
The response, however, shocked me....
Black people (males) and some females rode in the back of the bus because they tripped white riders on the way by, touched white women on the way by, and made the eternal negro commesnt to white people on their way by. Understand now, dumbass - ?
What? I have heard a lot about the Civil Rights Movement, but I have never heard that situations like requiring Black people to sit in the back of the bus was for the "safety" of white people or that it was some kind of punishment for not being a good citizen. That was new to me.
How did this guy ever even come to this conclusion? Was it his own design? Was it taught to him by someone else? The latter seems likely and I doubt it was learned in school so it must be a parent or other older person of authority in his life.
The effects of that time period continue to impact us socially and even politically. If children aren't being taught truth and facts about what happened then, how can we communicate effectively?
You're arguing about one thing based on false facts...and I'm talking about reality!
How strange. How odd. How frightening!