Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin (Born September 5, 1939, in Montgomery, Alabama). When she was 15, Colvin was arrested in March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks refusal to give up her seat to a white person. She was arrested and became one of four plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, which ruled that Montgomery’s segregated bus system was unconstitutional. Colvin was the first to really challenge the law.
In early 1955, Claudette Colvin, a 15 year old black girl was dragged off a bus in Montgomery and arrested for not giving up her seat to a white person. The NAACP agreed to take up the Colvin incident as a test case. They dropped the case after discovering she was pregnant. (Taken with Instagram)
…and we just gonna leave the story right there? There was more behind them dropping the case just because she was pregnant.
Nope, that was pretty much it. She was a teenager, unmarried and with child. Also, the pregnancy was the result of rape. With all those issues, the NAACP didnt think she made a “respectable” face for this movement.
and we continue to have the same damn issue w the self appointed black caucus sans-caucus. misogyny, rape culture, victim blaming, classism and politics of respectability all up in this bitch.
see how they devalued a straight up G?!