Not all stuff will be recorded.Â Many times and that really is nobody's deliberate decision, but sometimes I come across interesting stories purely by accident.Â Here is one:
In the Spring of 1972, my school (a boys school) and my sister's school (a co-ed school) jointly arranged arranged a trip to Florida for their senior class students.Â My sister was not a senior at the time, so she stayed while I and my older brother went.
We stayed at a hotel called The Colonial. Nice place, not expensive at the time.Â The staff had no problems with the teachers who accompanied us, but they did not know how to deal with Jamaican teenagers, but they did O.K. and learned real fast.
Our first bus ride was nice.Â Greyhound is the best.Â The driver was white, but you could never tell from the way he treated us.Â Kept us well entertained all the way to each of the attractions we visited and back again to the hotel.Â Because of that, I use Greyhound every time I visit and must make a long trip.
Public transportation wasn't bad, but something we read on the ticket puzzled us.Â "Seating in this bus does not depend on race."Â Why do they have that printed on a bus ticket?Â When I got back home, my father told me two stories.Â One was about a lady named Rosa Parkes.
The other is not anywhere in your history books.Â It occurred in 1956 in Florida.Â A white Floridian dared to ask a black Jamaican man to move to the back of the bus.Â My dad knew them.Â He said that the man was about to comply whenÂ the wife launched into a tirade which included some unprintable Jamaican insults which included metaphorical expressions referring to the Floridian as a sanitary napkin (there are 4 metaphors).Â The Floridian attacked them both and the police had to be called.
They sued the bus company but lost the case.Â I tried to find any mention of that incident, but only found a transcript of the case.Â The reference is 266 F.2d 326, Docket No. 17461, United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, April 20, 1959.
I had wondered why only the man was asked to move until I read the transcript.Â His wife looked white.Â I wonder how that bigot now feels?Â He had assaulted an Anglican minister and his wife.