“In many ways, history is marked as ‘before’ and ‘after’ Rosa Parks. She sat down in order that we all might stand up, and the walls of segregation came down.” Jesse Jackson.-
Have you ever noticed how people are always smiling in the ‘after’ photo for makeovers? Maybe if they smiled in the ‘before’ photo they wouldn’t need the makeover. Just a thought.
On a more serious note, Jesse Jackson’s quote reminded me of how difficult it is to imagine the world before a life changing event. It’s very easy to think things were always as good as they are now or that people have always had certain basic rights. Anti-slavery laws in the US were only passed less than 100 years before I was born.