The exact significance of Parks's association with various left-wing characters is debatable. Maybe the Reds just gave her some technical advice. You have a grievance? Well, let's figure out a way of addressing that problem... The Reds played a similar role in the American labor movement. For their own devious purposes, of course.
I really do admire the political work that made the Montgomery bus boycott a success. If the black people of Montgomery had not felt oppressed by the enforced seating arrangements, the boycott would have failed.
Even when you have supportive comrades, flouting local racial conventions does require a bit of nerve. Even a bit of courage. The black people of Montgomery have every reason to respect her as the local hero that she was.
But why her elevation to sainthood? I'm sure the Red cadres had their own motivations, but, at least in the public mind, the "civil rights movement" got started as an attempt to have people treated with general fairness regardless of race. Over the last 50 years, it has become part of an ever more powerful, more "inclusive," totalistic attempt to reshape American society and the minds of American citizens. This new secular religion needs saints. Thus, we have St. Martin and now St. Rosa.
I respect Rosa Parks the 1955 activist. I have nothing but contempt for the church that now canonizes her.
There is some excellent commentary on the American Renaissance discussion thread: Rosa Parks to Lie in Honor at Capitol.
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