Rosa Parks and Finland

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By Enrique Tessieri

Rosa Parks (1913-2005) is not only a symbol of the US civil rights movement but of countries like Finland as well. In order for history to change you don’t need a lot of firepower but people who lead by example. Rosa Parks is one of these we should not forget as Multicultural Finns and other minorities struggle for greater acceptance recognition in Finland.

                                                                                                             US civil rights activist  Rosa Parks.

One cannot change the world but one can with his or her example impact those that live around them. That is in a sense the story of Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her seat to a white person on a bus in December 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama.  Contrary to other brave blacks who had refused to give up their seat to a white person, Parks’ arrest sparked a bus boycott in Montgomery.

What is even more important was that Parks’ civil disobedience turned into an important symbol of the civil rights movement and against racial segregation.

Blacks were forced to sit in the back of buses in Montgomery and if the bus was full they were required to give up their seat to a white.

Even if this type of racial segregation does not exist in countries like Finland, there are more ingenious ways of forcing people to sit in back of the bus of society.  Just like blacks were forced to give up their seats to whites on buses, immigrants and minorities in Finland are the last ones to get employed and the first ones to be laid off.

The ways racism is practiced may have changed but it is still the same ogre that segregated blacks in the United States but created one of its greatest symbols.

  1. Mary Mekko

    Enrique, your ignorance of the black civil rights movement is appalling. Read about the real Rosa Parks by including the word “Communist” in your search. She and Michael King, Jr (MLK later) were heavily involved in planning disruptions with Communist funding. Their idea of having a bus incidence was based on an unmarried black very pregnant teenager girl’s real life story, where she was not allowed to sit down on the bus as there were no seats left in the back. They, these planners, considered using her, but chose a mature and much more dignified black woman who would have the guts to pull it off and be respected by both blacks and whites (as illegitimate children were frowned upon and the mothers spawning them). Rosa Parks, a regular participant in these meetings, agreed to this strategy.

    The real “civil rights movement” was about agitation, in order to weaken the society. That is a standard Communist technique, one that Finland, living next store to USSR and getting Karelia stolen, should know all about, and fear with constant dread.

    If the importation of dark foreigners into Finland is deliberate provocation and agitation, something not to be ruled out, check for the Reds behind it. They didn’t all die in 1991.

    How bus strikes in USA have any connection with Finland I don’t understand. Are the Somalis in the back of the bus or the Metro? Are the Mustalainen segregated on transport? As far as I can tell, it is the Muslims in Scandanavian who as males discriminating against their own women and shoving them to the back of their society. Now that’s an outrage and needs addressing, which I am sure you will do, as an infranconinophile extraordinaire.

  2. BoredinFinland

    Mary Mekko, just because I am in a good mood today:

    Word of the day: metaphor – noun /ˈmet.ə.fɔːr//ˈmet ̬.ə.fɔːr/ [C or U]

    an expression which describes a person or object in a literary way by referring to something that is considered to have similar characteristics to the person or object you are trying to describe.

    It is good to learn something new everyday, isn’t?