I’m behind a couple days, but I can’t be the only one, so sharing my thoughts where I am.
There were a couple things that jumped out at me during the bit about the Montgomery Bus Boycott…
The evening meetings at the church, which sometimes lasted hours… All those people, working a full day of work, walking to and from work for miles, still cooking and cleaning and feeding their families (cause you know they couldn’t just tell themselves that they “deserve Seamless”)… and after all that, still going to the church for meetings and songs and sermons. It’s inspiring and makes me check myself within our modern context.
The second thing that jumped out at me was the comment that “You can’t shame segregation.” It’s easy to point fingers at segregationists because obviously they were on the wrong side of history… but I think the idea that shame is going to solve some of these problems… that shame is going to solve racial inequalities… well, just like a dog backed into a corner, shame often backfires… I can’t quite put my finger on it…. But that comment felt very powerful and still relevant today.