Rosa Parks

I don’t normally delve over into the area of politics but being a young African-American female and hearing the latest comments from conservative Ted Nugent, I have to say something. Recently Nugent wrote the following statement published by World Net Daily, “In 2014, gun owners must learn from Rosa Parks and definitely refuse to give  up our guns”.

Dear God, where do I begin. Why is it that every political schlocky who has a bone to pick with The White House deems it necessary to compare their selfish political pursuits to the civil rights movement? Disrespectful! Maybe the mis-education of the actual facts of what happen to African-American during this era presented by today’s educational institutes is the blame. Or maybe, subliminally, these disgruntled misfits are purposely using their plights to dismantle the truth of our sufferings. Sickening!

Comparing your selfish desire to own a gun to Rosa Park’s experience is ignorance in its most oblivious form. Just in case you misread the story, allow me to give you a brief recap. Rosa got on a bus one day after a hard days work and sat down where she was permitted to sit, in the colored section. A white passenger entered the bus only to find the white section filled. Instead getting off and waiting for the next bus, the bus driver came to the white passenger’s aid by trying to force Rosa to give up a seat that was rightfully hers.

Politely tell me, how in all things rational, owning a gun has anything to do with this experience. I may be assuming here, but I’m pretty sure Rosa wasn’t on her way to file a license for a gun that day.

To put the icing on the cake, Nugent went on to add, “As Rosa once said, ‘You must never be fearful about what you are doing when it is right'”. Well Mr. Nugent, with this being America and all, I can’t say that pursuing the right to obtain and keep your gun is wrong. And, I also can’t force you to stop making inappropriate comparisons. You have your right to the First Amendment. However, I do believe the right that Rosa Parks is speaking of here had nothing to do with selfish gain. The outcome of her arrest proved that. So, with all due respect, you and your gun buddies should find another avenue in which to drive your angry interests to The White House.

Oh, and show some respect on the way.

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Naomi C. Kellogg

Naomi is an emerging screenwriter and novelist who writes fiction, nonfiction, and dramas. She’s written for a national magazine, run a blog, and headed the communications department for a 501c3 corporation. Naomi is actively completing a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts and is a member of the Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW), St. Petersburg Chapter, where she hopes to inspire young African-American women who aspire to write.

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