The Freedom Riders Essay

1200 Words May 30th, 2014 5 Pages
English BBB
Period N
18 March 2013
Freedom Riders Backlash The Freedom Riders strive through a journey of hardships to have their point accepted by others, which was bus desegregation. Through the journey the Freedom Rides took some obstacles that affected them physically and mentally. They fought threw times like the downfalls that their movement brought and the mobs that greeted them in every state. The mobs were verbally and physically violent towards the Freedom Riders more than a few times while their movement went on. The Freedom Riders went through a devastating downfall through their movement. In May of 1961, the Greyhound carried the Freedom Riders into South Carolina where, like Carson’s article
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In this article it also explains how John F. Kennedy “[…] telephoned the governer of Alabama and insisted that it was the government’s responsibility to guarantee safe passage of interstate travelers.” (SNCC 1). The Freedom Riders were then escorted with helicopters of police surrounding them until they entered Montgomery. Entering Montgomery, the Freedom Riders were taken by police and thrown behind bars to stop them from continuing their protest. In the article “MLKJ”, the author describes how, “[…] the local police that had been ordered to meet the freedom rider in Montgomery never appeared.” (MLKJ 1). With them being defenseless, the Freedom Riders were once again bordered by a mob. They were given wounds from the angry mob. According to the same article, “When the police finally arrived, they served the riders with an injunction barring them from continuing the Freedom Ride […].” (MLKJ 2). It was as if the police were not there to protect the Freedom Riders. They let these situations happen uninterrupted and became known as bystanders. Every time the Freedom Riders arrived in a new location, angry mobs greeted them while carrying weapons. Some slashed their tires while others fire bombed the buses. An online article discusses how the mobs, “They attack with baseball bats, broken bottles, and lead pipes.” (Freedom Rides of 1961 3). The reporters that were getting a close interview on this never got the chance

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