Freedom Riders fifty years on

IU South Bend alumnus David James reports back from a recent trip to the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Riders who helped to break segregation in the American South.

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One response to “Freedom Riders fifty years on

  1. I was reared by a generation that survived and benefited from the Civil Rights Movement and the effort of those similar to Mrs. Hamer’s. However, I feel our current generation has either dropped the touch and feel the torch is for someone else to carry. I’m disheartened by those who see education as a burden or credential. I’m bothered by those who choose not to vote because of political gridlock. I feel our generation is failing to propel the progress of equality fought for by those who invested physical, emotion and financial capital. However, when I read about people like Mrs. Hamer, the word “adversity” is too small to describe what she endured. We can not fathom a cross burning, lynching of a relative, the blind of of a justice system and Jim Crow “Race Card” legislation. I will continue to critically argue the need for legislation that protects human rights, but I will also challenge the benefactors of the legislation. Their inaction is as damning as the Klansman, Governor Wallaces and Strom Thurmonds. Hate is motivated by one thing; fear. My question is “What were they afraid of loosing by allowing others to…live?”

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