Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Ain't Scared of your Jails
Students and community members obviously started their protests because they felt they were being treated unfair and wanted equal rights. They used many tactics such as "sit-ins" and "freedom rides". I found it interesting that the sit-ins went smoothly for 2 weeks and then white people became fed up and attacked participants. I didn't know that protestors had to take training in non-violence in order to effectively carry out the protests. Non-violence meant taking a beating in many cases and it is very admirable that many did accept the consequences, however unfair. Protests often lead to arrests and one man said that "arrest became a badge of honor" which is striking to hear. I remember the arrogant white women who said that "not being allowed to give and refuse service to whomever they wanted was a violation of white people's civil rights" this is utterly ridiculous.