The Houston NAACP spoke out late Sunday against a city councilman’s recent statement comparing one local business’ defiance of the current stay home order to civil rights activist Rosa Parks.
At-Large City Councilman Michael Kubosh recently was asked by KPRC Channel 2 to comment on the Federal American Grill offering in-dining service, in spite of restrictions in Harris County’s stay home order.
“Sometimes, civil disobedience is required to move things forward. That’s why we remember Rosa Parks,” he told the news station.
Houston city council member Michael Kubosh explains why he’s at a restaurant open for dine-in service in violation of Harris County’s stay-at-home order:
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In a lengthy public statement, local NAACP leaders called the comment “insensitive” and “inflammatory” and asked for an apology.
“I’m not saying that white Americans don’t have the right to practice civil disobedience, every American has that right; but not the right to compare a loss of some freedom of movement for a month or two or even six months for the purpose of saving human lives to that of the African Americans fight for equality that has lasted for almost 400 years,” according to part of the statement, signed by branch president James Douglas.
Kubosh isn’t the first public figure to make that comparison. Stephen Moore, a conservative economist and member of the White House council to reopen the country, called stay-at-home protestors “the modern day Rosa Parks” in a Washington Post article published April 17.
The NAACP statement also pointed out that the virus has been disproportionately affecting black residents.
“The statement by Councilmember Kubosh is just another example of white America’s misunderstanding of its own racist policies and how these policies have had a negative affect on a large segment of American society.”