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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Are you a Deviant?
By, Idella Logan
Deviance-behavior that violates social norms or rules
One word can have different meanings. When I think of the word deviance I automatically picture a straight up criminal or a down and dirty rebel ready to go to jail. Yes, the majority of the time deviance is bad but when I actually thought about it, sometimes being a deviant or having that deviant behavior can be for the better. Deviant behavior can actually benefit society. Let's go back way back in time to December 1, 1955 with Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks, who was middle class working woman living in the then segregated state of Alabama, was labeled a deviant for the refusal of giving up her seat. Of course she was locked up because back then the Montgomery, Alabama city code required that all public transportation be segregated and that bus drivers had the "powers of a police officer of the city while in actual charge of any bus for the purposes of carrying out the provisions" of the code. Although the city's bus ordinance did give drivers the authority to assign seats, it didn't specifically give them the authority to demand a passenger to give up a seat to anyone. But because of Rosa's color they demanded her to give it up and when she didn't follow the rules they took her away.
In this case some people would look at Rosa Parks as the deviant because of her act of refusal of a seat after a long day of hard work. Those rude people would scream "Shame on her"! But if you really think about it the only act of deviance in this situation was the bus driver who demanded her to get up out of her seat. This situation is the perfect example of how societies definition of deviance can be turned into a good thing. Because of her acts she brought awareness to how ridiculous and wrong segregation was. It helped launch nation-wide efforts to end segregation of public facilities. So, I now realized that maybe being a deviant is not bad all the time. Violating "social norms or rules" can be good thing to make a difference. Sometimes even doing so can even make you a national icon like Rosa Parks. It would be nice to be a national icon.