Rosa Parks reference was misplaced

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2004

In reference to Ms. Madden stating that people think her struggle is comparable to Rosa Parks ("National groundswell spurs lesbian couple to wed, April 13,") I'd like to make a couple of comments. The last time I consulted my history books, I found that these were the facts:

• European slave trade boats did not bring lesbians over from Africa to become slaves.

• The American civil war was not mostly due to the issue of lesbian slavery.

• Plessey vs. Ferguson (1890) did not make segregation legal between straights and lesbians.

• The KKK and other racists did not target lesbians for lynching.

• The poll tax and other programs to disenfranchise voters did not target lesbians.

Lesbians never had to sit in the back of the bus, never had to relinquish a seat on that bus to a straight, and never were turned away when approaching a voting booth. It is not like Rosa Parks, Ms. Madden.

Michael Kazmac

Juneau



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