Today is the 55th anniversary of the day that Rosa Parks told a bus driver she wasn’t going to give up her seat on the bus to make room for a white passenger. As someone who values justice, fairness and equality I am happy that Rosa had the courage to stand up for what was right. As a man who loves and has chosen to spend my life with a woman of color I am incredibly grateful for Rosa and every other person of color who has endured things that I cannot even imagine. I cannot imagine what it’s like to be treated differently than others because I don’t look the same. I cannot imagine being told that I am not as worthy simply because the pigment of my skin is darker. I cannot imagine being threatened or worse for no other reason than the color of my skin.
It saddens me to know that there are still people in this country, in this world, who actually believe that the color of a person’s skin makes them less of a human. Bigotry on any level disgusts me – even though I myself am guilty of it. Since knowing and loving Cristina I have a new found appreciation for how difficult it can still be to be “of color” in America. My hope is that on this day we can all take a moment and think honestly about our own prejudices – be they based on race, creed, religion, socioeconomic status, political affiliation – and maybe take some inspiration from a very brave woman’s act 55 years ago and set them aside.
Just because I was feeling like it:
This one scares the crap out of me. Where does the guy who rolls our from under the bus come from?
Ok. This isn’t a crash but it’s just nutty!!
Holy Shucking Fit!!
What a dufus!
To wrap it all up:
That one just makes me laugh.
I usually like Alex’s irreverence and wit but I found this post to be particularly witty and especially irreverent.
First and foremost I want this guy’s energy. I think I used to have it but I can’t seem to muster it anymore. I find his concept of applying game theory to the world around us interesting – there are some intriguing business concepts there as well.
A call to action from Sheryl WuDunn that, by answering, will help us all feel better, happier and change the world at the same time:
It’s sad and scary how bad this fire is.
The latest update:
I have a colleague who lives in Four Mile Canyon who, as of 2:14 PM, does not know if he still has a house.
This is very cool.