Stay-At-Home Protesters Called Modern-Day ‘Rosa Parks’, Others Call BS

In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19, states have implemented stay-at-home orders.

While many support the orders, there are some protesters fighting against the states and rallying to reopen - an act at least one prominent conservative compares to that of “Civil Rights Era icon Rosa Parks,” according to Time.

People in six states have come together to rally against their state governments, demanding that they lessen orders that require the closure of nonessential businesses and schools.

The protestors desire for their state governments to allow healthy people to resume working, alleviating economic hardships and reducing “suffering from financial setbacks and depression, among other issues.”

Heath experts, though, warn that lifting the orders and reopening the economy too quickly could have adverse effects, as it could mean risking a “surging in numbers of coronavirus cases and lead to a needless loss of life.”

Conservative economist Stephen Moore, a member of the White House council that is focused on reopening the country’s economy, says, “I think there’s a boiling point that has been reached and exceeded,” reports Time.

Also a member of a coalition of conservative leaders advocating for steps to lessen the country’s lockdown, Moore adds, “I call these people the modern-day Rosa Parks - they are protesting against injustice and a loss of liberties.”

Moore’s comments were not welcomed with open arms - they were quickly criticized on social media.

“Congratulations to Trump adviser Stephen Moore on a comment at once strikingly stupid and deeply offensive,” Bill Kristol mentions.

Ida Bae Wells shares her thoughts. “When people like Stephen Moore make comparisons to Ross Parks we should treat it as the cynical, calculated form of race baiting that it is. Enslavers said they were in fact the slaves. Segregationists adopted Civil Rights mvmt language to fight policies to help black people.”

“Stephen Moore calls them ‘modern-day Rosa Parks.’ But Parks desired different freedoms,” activist and author Ibram X. Kendi tweeted. “These folk want the freedom to infect, like they have wanted the freedom to enslave, lynch, deport, exclude, rob. They have always protested the ‘loss of liberties.'”

Adding fuel to an already heated issue, Time mentions that this is not the first time that Moore has stirred the pot. In an April 14 episode of the YouTube show “Freedom On Tap,” Moore said, “This is a great time, gentlemen and ladies, for civil disobedience. We need to be the Rosa Parks here and protest against these government injustices.”

Though he is a vocal advocate for reopening the economy, he could not be immediately reached for further comment.