Remember your first real job, when you stopped earning $7.25 an hour at the neighborhood's fast food chain and started negotiating a yearly salary? I bet you felt like a millionaire. I know I did. My first job out of college paid around $50,000. Almost $1,000 a week, or $25 an hour! That was more money than I had ever made. But after working for a few months, it didn't seem like there was much more money flowing in than before.
This month marks the 55th anniversary of the Freedom Rides on interstate buses that shocked the conscience of the nation and helped bring about an end to legal segregation. These days, the trials facing many Greyhound riders who fill the 55 seats on any given bus, while different, should also shock the conscience of the nation.