The following are the top five suggestions that would be most beneficial in making the bus integration successful: First of all, “The bus driver is in charge of the bus and has been instructed to obey the law…assume that he will cooperate in helping you occupy any vacant seat” (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2). This should work because this exhibits fairness which means no discrimination will occur (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2). It is likened to what occurs normally in restaurants where the rule is the first one to arrive and the first one to order will the first one to be served as well (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2).
Second is “In sitting down by a person, white or colored, say May I or Pardon Me as you sit…this is a common courtesy” (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2). For me, this will work because if one is nice then there is a high possibility that he or she will be treated nicely in return as well (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2).
Third is this: “If cursed, do not curse back…if pushed, do not push back…if struck, do not strike back, but evidence love and goodwill at all times” (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2). For me, even if this is a little excruciatingly difficult to do this is essential because just like the second one if a person does not retaliate then chaos will not occur/prolonged (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2).
Fourth is “In case of an incident, talk as little as possible, and always in a quiet tone…do not get up from your seat…report all serious incidents to the bus driver” (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2). Instead of retaliating and speaking in a manner that is disrespectful, just leave a comment in a politically correct and calm way (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2). Also for me this is going to be beneficial if incidents are reported to the driver so that there will be somebody to mediate and someone to calm the situation down (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2).
Last but not least is this: “If another person is being molested, do not arise to go to his defense, but pray for the oppressor and use moral and spiritual forces to carry on the struggle for justice” (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2). Just like in the second and third suggestion, this will work because if one does not retaliate then everything will stay peaceful (Alabama State Archives, 2004, pp. 1 – 2).
Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s
There were several occurrences in the 50s that were related to the Civil Rights Movement (Shaffer, 2007, pp. 1 – 4). Some of these are the following: First is the “Great Depression” which caused people to experience hunger, unemployment, etc (Shaffer, 2007, pp. 1 – 4). Second is the implementation of the “GI Bill” to guarantee that another “Great Depression” will occur again in the future (Shaffer, 2007, pp. 1 – 4).
Third, America and Russia went into a “Cold War” which led to economic problems (Shaffer, 2007, pp. 1 – 4). Finally, baby boom also occurred which added to the poverty problems being experienced (Shaffer, 2007, pp. 1 – 4). Civil Rights that the Blacks Achieved in the 50s
There are several things that the Blacks achieved and some are the following: In 1954, the “Supreme Court of the United States” acknowledged that “segregation” in learning institutions is proscribed by the law (Cable News Network, Inc., 1997, n.d.). In addition to that, when “South Carolina, Mississipi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennesee, and North Carolina were removed from the union technically referred to as the United States of America and instead formed the Confederate States of America” (Freeman, 2008, n.d.). This resulted into a war that caused deaths but it later led to the end of slavery (Freeman, 2008, n.d.).
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