We are not sure who needs this hear this today, but not wearing your mask on an airplane does not make you Rosa Parks. It just makes you a moron. You can stop now. You are not Rosa Parks. You are more like Rosie O’Donnell.
Airplane anti-maskers are the single largest contributor to in-flight incidents which have skyrocketed throughout the course of the pandemic, but one strange phenomenon has recently emerged whereby airplane anti-maskers have started comparing themselves to Rosa Parks.
I will write that again for you in case you missed it: people refusing to wear a mask on an airplane are comparing themselves to Rosa Parks. Rosa. Freaking. Parks.
Has the world gone mad?
One passenger, a white male, claimed he was Rosa Parks while wearing a pink thong on his face instead of a mask. You can watch a video of this absurd incident below, but it was his comment after the fact during an interview with a local news station that caught our attention.
In the interview, Adam Jenne noted, “Illustrating that absurdity by wearing women’s underwear on my face sounds perfect. Everything else that has sparked change in this country has started from everyday people. Rosa Parks wasn’t famous. She changed the course of history.”
Yep, you are reading that right. This man thinks that his thong-wearing protest is going to be remembered just like Rosa Parks’ refusal to give in to a racist society’s demand she sit at the back of the bus, in the “colored peoples” section.
Another recent incident arrives courtesy of a washed-up Playboy Playmate whose storied past includes stints as a Raiders Cheerleader, and acting gigs on Married With Children and Baywatch.
Patricia Cornwall, a white female who lives in Florida, was recently involved in an-inflight assault where she hit and spat on a man who called her out for asking the question, “Am I Rosa Parks?” Cornwall had been asked to take her seat and was not wearing her mask correctly when the man intervened and called her out on her remark. The event led to the woman being arrested upon landing in Atlanta. Part of the event was captured on video.
The older man was indeed correct: she is not Rosa Parks and to compare herself is both insulting and offensive to the great icon who took a stand against racial injustice.
Who was Rosa Parks? Let’s remind our readers.
Rosa Parks was a black woman who refused to sit at the back of a bus in the “colored section” as it was referred to at the time. White folks were allowed to sit up front, ahead of black folks who were forced to move to the back of the bus. Such racist actions mark an abysmal period in our nation’s short history. Her heroic stand, along with many other activists that both preceded and followed in her footsteps helped ultimately end racial segregation. She was a true hero.
Not wearing a mask on a plane isn’t heroic. Sure, wearing a mask on a plane may not be fun. A may not even be needed at this point (at least some airplane CEO’s don’t think so), but it is still the law. It has been shown to be effective in reducing the spread of the virus. And while it is annoying (I hate it too), it’s not anywhere close to the racial injustice suffered by people like Rosa Parks.
So, again, we are not sure who needs this hear this today, but not wearing your mask on an airplane does not make you Rosa Parks. It just makes you a moron. You can stop now. You are not Rosa Parks. You are more like Rosie O’Donnell.
If you’d like to learn more about a real hero, consider watching this Biography channel documentary on Ms. Parks.
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