.comment-link {margin-left:.6em;}

21st Century Lesbian Trailer Trash

These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Pardon Me?

I was tempted to title this post BITE ME! But then I decided to show a little restraint toward those who believe that this is a wonderful gesture on the part of Alabama.

Oliver Willis directed me to this CNN.com news snippet:

'Rosa Parks Act' would bring pardons
State mulls bill to absolve those arrested under segregation laws
Thursday, March 16, 2006; Posted: 4:35 p.m. EST (21:35 GMT)

MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) -- Alabama lawmakers are considering pardoning hundreds, possibly thousands, of people who were arrested decades ago for violating Alabama's segregation laws.

The idea of a mass pardon gained traction after the death last year of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who had refused to give up her bus seat to a white man half a century earlier.

Even though the law allowing segregated seating on city buses was eventually overturned, Parks' conviction is still on the record, said Rep. Thad McClammy.

So here's the way I see it. People were stripped of their rights, of their dignity, and of their humanity. When they fought back, they were charged with crimes. Then, 50 years later, we decide it was all a mistake. "We take it back," they say. "It's all in the past. Let's just forget it."

No. It's not just in the past and it's not forgotten. I remember watching people being mauled by dogs and drenched with fire hoses on my grandmother's little black and white TV. And later, I remember Detroit burning to the ground.

The only medal that those brave people in Alabama got was a criminal record. Their own personal badges of courage. And now Alabama will strip that from them.

Of course people want to be pardoned. The vast majority of those folks were law abiding Americans who never were before or since in trouble with the law. But in return, they ought to be given medals identifying them as American Heroes. Something to show their grandchildren and great grandchildren that they played an important role in American history.


Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Interesting post. Susannah North Martin (as you know, an ancestor) was pardoned by the Massachusetts legislature in June 2002, 310 years after her death.

Here we have this tragic death, a death brought on by the wild rantings of the citizenry, rooted in the fact she made no secret of her attraction to women, who took no grief from men, and who owned property. She is an inspiration to me, 12th generation.

I'm not sure how I feel about the exoneration, and you have given me something to contemplate.

12:51 PM PST  
Blogger Frank_D said...

I don't see why,in asking for more, you decry what you have received. If all these people deserve their pardons, and more, should they be as spireful as you sound (I refer only to the tone of your post), and say, in effect, "I don't want your e - stinkin' pardons! I want a medal!"
The pardons seem doable, and represent an honest effort on the part of Alabama legislators. Thank goodness.

11:13 AM PST  
Blogger NursePam said...

Did you mean spiteful Frank? I love how you are so good at misreading people's tone and intentions. It must be frustrating for you.

Of course it's a step. I just do not happen to believe that people ought to think it will fix the problem or erase the past.

7:22 AM PST  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

casino poker chips
real clay poker chips