The nine year old civil rights activist?


I am sorry, but I find it hard to have warm feelings about the former Chief Executive of the United States. He seems nice enough and is a very charismatic speaker, but something is just not right. I saw the transcript of his eulogy for Rosa Parks today. He had some very nice words to say, but then I read this:
I remember, as if it were yesterday, that fateful day 50 years ago. I was a 9-year-old southern white boy who rode a segregated bus every single day of my life. I sat in the front. Black folk sat in the back.
When Rosa showed us that black folks didn’t have to sit in the back anymore, two of my friends and I, who strongly approved of what she had done, decided we didn’t have to sit in the front anymore.
Now, this may be true; But the problem is not whether the story is true or false, but the fact the story was brought up. A eulogy is meant to honor the dead, not the speaker. I can see how one might think that this is a honor for Rosa Parks, as he and his friend did something to honor her defiant act, but it sounds more like he might end up with a muscle ache for patting himself on the back.
 
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