Article reposted from The Lily
In light of Charlottesville, VA, the article below encapsulates my thoughts, entirely. I think about my own self daily, and what I would have done during the Civil Rights Movement.
“In June, Bri Traquair, 31, posted a mugshot of a young white woman named Joan Trumpauer Mulholland on Facebook. In 1961, Mulholland was arrested for protesting segregation. Traquair wrote that almost every white person she knows “has at least thought they would be like Joan” if they had been alive during the civil rights era. Yet, it’s easy to ignore the racial injustices of today if you’re a privileged white woman, she said.
“My fellow white people,” Traquair wrote, “if you think you would have done something then, but are doing nothing now, then you wouldn’t have done anything then, either. So think about what side of history you want to be on, because now’s the time for doing something.”
The post garnered 54,000 likes and more than 43,500 shares.
Mulholland was born in 1941 and raised in Arlington, Va., which was segregated. Her mother was an “unrepentant segregationist,” Mulholland said, and concerned about status. So Mulholland went to Duke University, where she began participating in the sit-in movement to protest segregation. She was arrested twice, and Mulholland later dropped out and became active with the Nonviolent Action Group in Washington.
She was a Freedom Rider, and on June 8, 1961, she was arrested alongside eight others in Jackson, Miss. They refused bail, and were put on death row at Parchman State Prison Farm, where Mulholland was imprisoned for two months.
Mulholland went on to attend Tougaloo College, a historically black college, and worked at the Smithsonian Institution, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice. She was also a teacher in Arlington and is still alive.”