The town of Coushatta, LA became the first place in history to offer proof people really do crawl out from under rocks. According to the Shreveport Times, nine black children were ordered by the white school bus driver to sit in two seats in the back of the bus. This meant that the older children had to have younger ones sitting on their laps, while the white children were spread out throughout the rest of the bus.
A Fox News Channel report repeated the driver’s statement that she had never heard of the Montgomery Bus Boycott or the Civil Rights Movement. As a guest of the show put it, she either has an IQ of 50 or there’s something more to this story.
Now, I was born and raised in the south. Even if this woman has an IQ of 50, the only way she could not have heard of the Civil Rights movement was if she is the first case in documented history of rocks spontaneously generating living matter. No doubt she has at least heard relatives or neighbors talking about how “they” should have all been sent back to Africa, and insisting on celebrating General Robert E. Lee’s birthday rather than Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday. It is an ugly, inescapable fact of Southern living that bigotry, racism and downright stupidity still exist, and most proponents of perpetuating the evil are not shy about voicing their opinions. Perhaps she crawled out from under the rock after falling off the turnip truck and being in a coma for the last fifty years.
An Associated Press release stated that a mother of two of the children, Iva Richmond, made the first complaint to the school principal when her children told her the black kids had assigned seats. The driver was not on her route Wednesday or Thursday, but Superintendent Kay Easley would not say if the woman would drive again at all. Meanwhile, a black bus driver was assigned to pick up the children and take them to and from school.
So here we are, in 2006, just months after the death of Rosa Parks, once again facing segregation on buses. The Shreveport Times quoted NAACP District Vice President James Panell stating, “We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we won. Why is this happening again?” You go, boy! Push her back under the rock she came from. But meanwhile, I know some scientists who want samples of that amazing Louisiana God Rock. Just throw some cores on the next turnip truck headed to Alabama.