Back in 1955 Montgomery, AL approximately 40,000 Blacks rode the city buses, this compared to approximately 12,000 Whites. During this time in America, specifically the South, segregation laws (Jim Crow) were enforced. In this instance of the public transit system, the first 10 seats of every bus were reserved for White riders and the last 26 available to Blacks.
Now there are those who will argue that this was fair, while unconsciously ignoring the obvious problem of segregation. Today they tend to remain silent on posts like this so we likely will not have to worry about listening to such chatter.
The other question that is raised is what happens when there back 26 sets are taken and the front 10 are empty?
Blacks had to stand.
The other question that is raised is what happens when the front 10 were full regardless of the back 26?
Blacks had to stand.
The bus driver had the power to expand the White section and shrink the Black section by ordering Blacks to give up their seats to Whites. So as White passengers boarded the bus and dropping their fares, they took a seat in the front.
The other part that raises the insanity of Jim Crow laws and the logic behind separate, but equal practices is that during this time Black passengers were not allowed to walk past the White section or passengers. They had to get off the bus and enter through the rear.
You had some drivers who would accept their fares, but drive off before the Black passenger was able to reenter the bus through the rear. But this is what is ignored by those who are on behalf of segregation of any sophistication.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott was just one of our national examples of the psychologically maliciousness of racism, both unconscious and overt. Many people say they are not racist today because being seen as one is socially unacceptable, while ignoring the evidence of implicit bias and unconscious discrimination that fail to acknowledge, because it isn’t happening to them or they do not recognize it. You only have to observe how they respond to issues regarding race.
Side-Note: I ask that you consider what you say or may do. Only reveal what you know, because this is just the first post in a line of posts regarding our American history as it relates to its Black people. Just giving you a hint without revealing too much 🙂