The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Culture Corner:
Demon Copperhead and The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Jan 23, 2023

Book: Demon Copperhead, by Barbara Kingsolver 2022

This book follows the life of a boy in modern southern Appalachia, a society where the mining jobs are long gone. He faces crisis after crisis in his life: the overdose death of his teenage drug-addicted mother, foster care, abuse, exploitation. We see through his eyes and caustic wit what today’s society has to offer: unemployment or overwork, broken bodies, alcohol, the opioid epidemic, drugs, pit mines scarring the earth, and the elusive golden ring, football. The author captures the hurt and the hope of youth, with a clear-eyed view of a society consumed by greed and rot, and yet offers us a sliver of hope for the future, if we don’t turn away.

Film: The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, 2022, streaming on Peacock.

This film is based on the bestselling biography of the same name by Jeanne Theoharis and was produced by Soledad O’Brien. It tells the entire story of Rosa Parks’ life and places it in its historical context, in the burgeoning civil rights struggles, first in Montgomery and later in Detroit. It shows how she was a militant her entire life, fighting for change, and it reveals her activism, her radical politics and her courage and dedication. She never wavered, never gave up, never stopped being active, in her entire life. Yes, the battles she fought are not yet won, but it is people like her that one day will finally turn the tide so that we don’t have to fight for equal rights yet again.