Rosa Parks and Segregation

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Segregation and Rosa Parks Ellis Cose wrote about the Montgomery Bus Boycott event of Rosa Parks that led up to her becoming an American hero. She referred to the story of Rosa Parks (refusing to stand for a white man in order for him to take her seat on a bus in Montgomery Alabama in 1955) as the children’s version. What she calls the complete story included a reference of a black man named Thomas Edward Brooks. Thomas entered a bus through the front door instead of the back door and was beaten in the head with a billy club then shot to death. Cose stated that at least two other men were similarly killed in years prior to Rosa’s act. Cose went on to describe Rosa’s life post civil rights era. Rosa was attacked, robbed, and suffered from health issues. Parks stated “I try to keep hope alive, but that’s not always the easiest thing to do.” Cose implied that segregation, as it exists today, needs to be addressed. She mentioned that Rosa’s adopted home of Detroit “is the most segregated metropolitan area in the nation.” She also noted that segregation in schools was worsening. Ellis said that it’s hard for people to see the harm in today’s “softer form of segregation” because it doesn’t leave physical evidence with its devastation. She implied that the psychological, economical and social harm of today’s segregation was equally damaging as it was 53 years ago. She stated that today’s form of segregation is far from the brotherhood that Rosa Parks tried to
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