On July 17th in Richmond, there was a symposium examining the effects of “Massive Resistance” and the heroic efforts of many to integrate public schools in the 50’s and after. As dark as that history is, today’s progress lends hope that things can still get better and that other profound problems can one day find remedy.
I came across a recent article on this symposium in the Richmond Times Feel free to go there and read what happend. In case you missed it, the Virginian Pilot had an excellent series on “Massive Resistance”. Pretty informative for those of us that were born in later, brighter years. The pictures in the paper served as a point of pride for a co-worker of mine that was excited to let me know that his family was related to one of the Norfolk 17. He pointed her out in a photo of the reunion in Norfolk.
As a Libertarian, I also hold certain truths to be self-evident. We are all created equal. As small children, we wouldn’t even think to discriminate on the basis of the level of skin pigment. How could adult minds become so twisted? How could one possibly justify……rationalize subjecting a group of people to a lower status on the basis of particular appearance? What if mankind never had the power of sight? Would some person in the name of profit and power, decide to asign a lesser status based on the pitch of your voice? Possibly. People at one time were falsely accused of witchcraft simply to have a rival burned at the stake. If you can persecute someone based on imagined circumstances, is there any limit to the darkness mankind is capable of?
Sometimes one can feel depressed when they consider man’s potential to do evil. I choose to find hope in those that despite harsh circumstances and risk, decide to fight for liberty. I celebrate those black children that endured and went to school when they were not welcomed. I also celebrate those (black and white alike) that fought to send them to school despite personal and political pressures. They are what heros are made of. They are sources of hope.