Claudette Colvin Refuses to Give Up Her Seat (feat. Mariah Wilson & Lisa Bonet) – Drunk History


– HELLO. TODAY WE’RE GOING TO
TALK ABOUT CLAUDETTE COLVIN. GUESS WHAT.
IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, IN 1955, A YOUNG BLACK WOMAN BECAME THE
FIRST PERSON WHO WAS ARRESTED FOR NOT GIVING UP HER SEAT
TO A WHITE LADY ON THE BUS. THAT YOUNG WOMAN’S NAME
IS CLAUDETTE COLVIN. CLAUDETTE COLVIN
IS A 15-YEAR-OLD BESPECTACLED TEENAGER. UH-OH, LET ME SAY IT.
BESPECTACLED TEENAGER. IT’S A HARD WORD,
“BESPECTACLED.” SHE TAKES THE BUS HOME
FROM SCHOOL, SO HER FRIENDS ARE LIKE, ALL RIGHT, WE’RE HAVING
A FUN TRIP TO HOME. UH-OH, A WHITE LADY.
A WHITE LADY GETS ON THE BUS. THE WHITE LADY’S LIKE,
HEY, YOU GUYS HAVE TO MOVE, BECAUSE I’M WHITE. CLAUDETTE’S FRIENDS LEAVE,
BUT CLAUDETTE STAYS, AND IS LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT,
I PAID MY FARE, THE SAME AS THIS WHITE LADY
PAID HER FARE. SO CLAUDETTE’S LIKE,
[bleep] YOU. I’M [bleep] SITTING.
HAVE A SEAT. WHITE LADY’S LIKE,
I WILL NOT HAVE A SEAT. THE BUS DRIVER’S LIKE,
I’M GONNA GET THE COPS. SO THE COPS ARE LIKE, MOVE. CLAUDETTE’S LIKE,
I SHALL NOT BE MOVED, AND THEY DRAG HER OFF THE BUS. THE ONLY THING SHE KNOWS TO DO
IS TO GO, IT’S MY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT.
AND THEY’RE LIKE, IT’S 1955, AND WE DON’T HAVE TO DO [bleep],
SO [bleep] YOU. CLAUDETTE’S LIKE,
[bleep] [bleep] 1955. [burps] I’M SORRY I BURPED,
BUT I’M NOT SORRY! SO WAIT, WHAT? SO THE N.A.A.C.P. IS FLOODED
WITH LETTERS SAYING, CLAUDETTE COLVIN IS SO BRAVE,
SHE’S WONDERFUL. AND THE PERSON
WHO READS THESE LETTERS, THE SECRETARY OF THE N.A.A.C.P.,
ROSA PARKS. ROSA PARKS GOES TO
CLAUDETTE COLVIN’S HOUSE AND IS LIKE,
CLAUDETTE, YOU’RE THE [bleep]. CLAUDETTE’S LIKE,
I [bleep] KNOW. I’M THE ONE WHO GOT MY ASS
DRAGGED TO JAIL. AND THAT’S HOW THEY REALLY
CONNECT AND BECOME FRIENDS. SO, WHENEVER SHE’S
AT AN N.A.A.C.P. MEETING, SHE SPENDS THE NIGHT
AT ROSA PARKS’ HOUSE. AND ROSA PARKS IS LIKE,
YOU KNOW WHAT, YOU’RE GREAT. CLAUDETTE COLVIN IS LIKE,
YOU’RE GREAT. THEY REALLY CONNECT.
TIME PASSES, AND E.D. NIXON, THE PRESIDENT OF THEIR LOCAL
CHAPTER OF THE N.A.A.C.P., IS LIKE, WE NEED
TO START A BUS BOYCOTT, AND THIS BUS BOYCOTT
WILL START A REVOLUTION. WE SHOULD USE
CLAUDETTE COLVIN’S ARREST AS A REASON
TO BOYCOTT THE BUSES. PEOPLE WILL GET BEHIND HER. BUT THEN THEY WERE LIKE,
OH, BUT NOT WHITE PEOPLE, BECAUSE SHE HAS DARKER SKIN,
AND WE CAN’T HAVE A 15-YEAR-OLD AS THE FACE OF
THE ANTISEGREGATION MOVEMENT, BUT WE CAN HAVE ROSA PARKS
AS THE FACE OF THIS MOVEMENT. SO IT’S AT THAT TIME
THAT ROSA PARKS SITS DOWN IN THE WHITE SECTION OF THE BUS
AND GETS TAKEN OFF TO JAIL, BUT SHE HAD TO ACT LIKE,
OH, I WAS JUST TIRED. AREN’T I NOT THREATENING,
WHITE PEOPLE? AND THEN WHITE PEOPLE WERE LIKE,
OH, SHE’S JUST TIRED. WE’RE EATING THIS UP.
OKAY. [laughs] I’M JUST, LIKE, HYPERAWARE
THAT, LIKE, THIS VERY MOMENT
COULD BE ON NATIONAL TV. I’M [bleep] LIKE AN ASS[bleep]
RIGHT NOW, OKAY. IT’S AT THIS TIME
THAT THE N.A.A.C.P. PUT A FLIER IN THE HAND OF EVERY
BLACK PERSON IN MONTGOMERY, INCLUDING CLAUDETTE COLVIN. THE FLIER SAYS, PLEASE DON’T
RIDE THE BUS ON MONDAY. WE ARE BOYCOTTING
THE ARREST OF ROSA PARKS. AND THEN
CLAUDETTE COLVIN IS LIKE, I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT I’M FINDING
OUT THROUGH A [bleep] FLIER THAT ROSA PARKS
DID EXACTLY WHAT I DID. I FEEL VERY HURT.
CLAUDETTE COLVIN IS LIKE, OUCH. AND AT THAT SAME TIME,
SHE FINDS OUT SHE’S PREGNANT. SHE’S LIKE, [bleep]. HER HIGH SCHOOL FINDS OUT
THAT SHE’S PREGNANT, SO SHE’S KICKED OUT
OF HIGH SCHOOL. SHE’S LIKE, [bleep].
YOU KNOW WHAT, [bleep] THIS. I’M MOVING TO BURNING MAN.
DID I SAY BURNING MAN? I THOUGHT BURNING MAN,
WHILE I SAID BIRMINGHAM. BIRMING–BURNING MAN?
NOW I CAN’T SAY BURNING MAN. UH-OH, OKAY,
I’M IN A TAILSPIN. – WHERE IN THE WORLD WAS I?
MM… – WELL, UM– – [laughs] AT THIS TIME, THE BUS BOYCOTT
HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR FAR TOO LONG. FRED GRAY, ONE OF THE ONLY TWO
BLACK LAWYERS IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, GOES TO
CLAUDETTE COLVIN’S HOUSE, AND HE’S LIKE, LET’S SUE
THE CITY OF MONTGOMERY FOR THE FACT THAT SEGREGATION
IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. WILL YOU TESTIFY?
SHE’S LIKE, ABSOLUTELY. LET ME HAVE THIS BABY.
SO BAM. SHE HAS THIS BABY, AND THEY PUT
SOME PEOPLE ON THE STAND, AND CLAUDETTE IS
THE STAR WITNESS. SHE’S LIKE, YOUR HONOR,
I HAVE THIS, AND I HAVE THAT,
AND I HATE [bleep] SEGREGATION. THE JUDGE IS LIKE, [burps]
SEGREGATION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. THEY WIN THE CASE,
SO SHE WAS LIKE, YOU’RE WELCOME, MONTGOMERY,
[bleep] ALABAMA. I ENDED SEGREGATION.
PEACE. I’M MOVING TO NEW YORK
TO BECOME A NURSE. SHE MOVED TO NEW YORK–
[laughing] I MEAN, OKAY. EARLIER I FELT OKAY,
AND THEN AFTER THAT, I FELT DRUNK,
BUT THEN NOW, IT’S REALLY DRUNK. OKAY, 55 YEARS LATER, A REPORTER
FINDS HER AND IS LIKE, ARE YOU CLAUDETTE COLVIN? DIDN’T YOU DO THE THING
THAT EVERYONE KIND OF THINKS ROSA PARKS DID,
BUT SHE DIDN’T, YOU DID? AND SHE’S LIKE, YES,
IT WAS ME, IT WAS ME! AND THE REPORTER WAS LIKE,
AREN’T YOU JEALOUS OF ROSA PARKS AND HOW EVERYONE CELEBRATES HER? AND CLAUDETTE COLVIN SAID,
I’VE MADE MY PEACE WITH THAT. I’M JUST SATISFIED
THAT MY CHILDREN CAN SIT
WHEREVER THEY WANT ON THE BUS. THE END!
[mimics music beats] – WOW, WELL,
YOU JUST CRUSHED THAT. – THANK YOU. IT’S MY JOB RIGHT NOW
TO TELL STORIES. HOW ARE YOU,
CUP?

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