Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Brown Equals - Theme Thursday

Summer has ended, marked by the return to the place learning and friends.  But Brown has made this day different than years past, Brown has believed in equality yet brought dissension.  Brown has fought for what is right and created what is difficult.

The usually welcoming over-sized pane of glass surrounding the entrance to this training ground of the youth was frightfully grim.  Stone faced uniforms are scattered throughout attempting to make safe what Brown has rightly deemed necessary and important yet a tension thick as water hangs in the air.

It starts with noise from there, piercing and loud, confirming the fears and tearing the hopes.  Some run away with horror in their face while others race towards, hate and anger burning but not truly knowing why.  Fists and feet fly landing on opposite colors followed by a sudden loud crash that brings everything to a halt.

The crowd stands breathless as if realizing the futility of their actions.  This moment is frozen in time as pools of red unite on the pavement below where the welcoming pane had stood only seconds before.  This first day of return was the first day of difference.

Civility and union would prevail, and rightly so, but the beginning of what Brown won on both sides created a war that had already been fought.  Many more changes would have to be made and many more battles, fought, but truth in equality has roots to the beginning.

This is based on Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka in 1954, a difficult but correct decision that was necessary but hard.  The story is a culmination of accounts from my mother and others remembering the first day of school after the decision.  I always think of the scene in Forest Gump and it makes me smile!

This is a Theme Thursday post with the theme of Brown.  Come and play!

17 comments:

  1. Even my father remembers racial prejudice and anger at his school, and he wasn't even born yet in 1954. There were different school buses as one part of town was all one colour and the other was all another. I like that scene too :)

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  2. I love the Rockwell painting of this particular day/scene. Well done here.

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  3. Thank you for this. A great, great take on TT. :)

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  4. nice setting of that scene...i imagine a pretty tense time though i have heard others that gratefully welcomed it...nice unique take austin...

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  5. Ma talks about it like it was extremely crazy but certainly worth it in the long run.

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  6. Can we tell one day from the next. It seems the more things change the more they stay the same. Tea anyone?

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  7. Great job, very descriptive. Great take on this week's theme.
    -C

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  8. excellent - thanks for this little journey into a part of history!

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  9. Excellent piece of time travel. Thank you.

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  10. you took me right to the 50's!

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  11. I read with interest trying to guess what story you were editorializing. I did not guess Brown V Board. Nicely done!

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  12. Wow, that was so remarkable. I sit here with chills after reading that!

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  13. Interesting,clever use of the Brown v Board post, some things have changed, and yet we still have a way to go sad as it is.

    Joanny
    from Theme thurs
    http://thedowsersdaughter.blogspot.com/2010/08/early-to-rise.html

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  14. What a fascinating post. A fine take on the theme which tells me things I did not know.

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  15. I wonder how we can really tell the days apart... Nice post for the theme!

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