Timing is everything…

Oh boy. Six months on a chain gang for riding on a bus.

Obviously, civil disobedience is no panacea. The timing must be right, the tactic, apt. Originality counts. One size does not fit all. The first Freedom Rides were undertaken by the Congress of Racial Equality in 1947, but at least partly because no television news existed to push their story to prominence, they went nowhere. A group of interracial bus passengers, trying to force the federal government to uphold a Supreme Court ruling that segregated seating of interstate passengers was unconstitutional, were arrested in North Carolina without much to-do and sent to a chain gang for six months.
Page 54 of Todd Gitlin’s “Letters to a young activist”


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