A mum has fought back against racist comments she says were made about her and her family.
Rosa Parks was a civil rights leader in Montgomery, Alabama, where she was assassinated by James Meredith in 1963.
In recent years, Parks’ granddaughter has said that racism in the US is “ridiculous”.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to stop the next person from going through what I’ve been through,” Parks said.
“We are a little bit better than that, and I’m going back to being a civil, loving, respectful human being.”
The mother of five, who was born in Alabama, said she was “taken aback” when people were upset about her heritage.
She said she didn’t feel like her comments about racism were directed at anyone in particular.
Parks said her mother’s comments were “about respect” and were not intended to disrespect the Parks family.
“It’s not about me.
I am not trying to disrespect anybody,” she said.”
I don’t think that’s a negative thing.
I’m just saying I’m very concerned for my family and myself and what my future has in store.”
Her grandmother and stepfather, Roddy Parks, said they would fight to “bring back the dignity” of the race.
He said: “I think Rosa was taken aback by a lot of what she heard and what people have said about her.”
We’ve done it before.
I can tell you Rosa Parks did it.
We’ll do it again.
“Ramon Parks said racism was “ridick” in the country.
‘It’s a shame’A statement released by Parks said: “The comments were made by one person, who has no place in our community.
We have no doubt that the comments were racist.
People are very hurt and upset about this and want to make a public statement.
Our goal is to show the community that this is not ok.
“A spokesman for the Montgomery police department said the department would review the comments and take action.
But Parks said it was not enough.
Her grandfather Roddy told ABC Radio Adelaide’s Morning Report: “We’ve been called all sorts of names.
We’re the Black people.
We’ve had our houses razed.
I’ve had my house destroyed.
All the stuff that she has been put through, I don’t feel sorry for her at all.
“Peters mother, Sandra Parks, is the first African-American woman to serve in the Montgomery County sheriff’s department.
Ms Parks said she had been called a n*****g for years.”
You can’t change history, you can’t bring back the past.
You can only make a better future,” she told Breakfast.
More to come.