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Rosa Parks Was Once Assaulted Despite Who She Was

I find this story to be totally incredible because it happened to Rosa Parks. Hadn’t she been through enough? Criminals don’t care who you are. This particular criminal is proving that he never belongs out of prison again.

In 1994, Joseph N. Skipper broke into Rosa Parks’ Detroit home. He struck her in the face and robbed her of the $53 in her purse. He didn’t stop to think about the fact that she was Rosa Parks. No, this ignorant soul robbed a national treasure without even blinking an eye.

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It didn’t take long for them to catch him, and he was sentenced on June 7, 1995. His sentence was eight to 15 years, and he was released on July 23, 2009, after serving over 14 years. But, he was back in prison for a ten-year bit just four months later.

He was released for that term in August of 2019 and only managed to stay good until New Years when he thought it would be a good idea to break into another building with the intent to rob it. In a similar case to robbing Rosa Parks, he stole about $50 from another elderly lady.

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Now, it looks like he won’t be able to get out until 2030. But they can hold him until 2045 if they choose. At the rate he’s going, he won’t do any good out here. They should keep him until ’45 if he lives that long. Maybe karma will handle this one for us.

There is a happy twist to her story as far as Rosa Parks is concerned. Mike Ilitch, the Little Caesars founder and Detroit Tigers owner who passed away in 2017, heard about the Rosa Parks robbery and decided to do something about it.

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This part of the story begins with Damon Keith, a Detroit native and federal judge who took it upon himself to find Rosa Parks a safer place to live. The Riverfront Apartments in downtown Detroit were what he set his eyes on, and that’s where Rosa Parks moved.

When Mike Ilitch caught wind of the move, he contacted Keith with the proposal to pay the rent indefinitely. That deal was accepted with arms wide open. Ilitch paid Rosa Parks’ rent until the day she died in 2005. The best part about it is this story was kept under wraps until after Ilitch passed away. He wanted to keep that to himself. But it’s too good of a story to keep quiet. Doesn’t it make you want to order some Little Caesars Pizza tonight?

Even though Rosa Parks made all that fuss in Alabama, sparking an entire movement, you can see that she became a very important part of Detroit’s history as well. As an icon, good standing citizens of the city looked to take care of her, not rob her like the pathetic criminal who can’t seem to do any good in this world. May God have mercy on his soul!

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Michael Allen is the author of the newly released novel The Deeper Dark - When Haven Kayd returns home after being a POW for years, he returns to a world that has moved on without him. As he's playing catchup, the truth comes out about a scheme he was unknowingly the poster boy for and he learns about a hidden world that threatens everything he cares about. Available now at Amazon!