Friday, February 10, 2012
Growing up in the 1970's we knew one thing for sure, that the U.S.S.R. was our enemies. The government said so, every T.V. show said so, even in the Olympics they were our greatest rival. A young, white male from Greensboro, N.C. was interviewed of what he thoughts were of the black Americans sitting in the segregated white lunch counters. His reply was, "Well, it's just not the things we're used to down here. I mean, they came in and they sit down, and we're not used to them sitting down beside us, because I wasn't raised with them, I never have lived with them, and I'm not going to start now." Without condoning his views I can see how his values can be askew. Yes we should not be lemmings led to jump off of a cliff and be able to think for ourselves, but one can see how outside factors can influence a persons ideals. It was ideals like these, that there was a need for change. What struck me most is how a few kids from a local college ignited a fire that was picked up by the entire country. One does not have to be a great leader, with a great name, to make changes in this country, just a nameless college student who sat at a lunch counter.