r/Damnthatsinteresting Sep 24 '22 Silver 1 Wholesome 2 Take My Energy 1 Heartwarming 1

U.S. Marshalls escorting the extremely brave Ruby Bridges, 6 years old, to school in 1960. This Courageous young girl is known for being the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South. Image

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u/bambargiator Sep 24 '22

Her parents must had one hell of a first day scare.

I mean, sending my little girl to a place that was clearly a dangerous place to her, without being there for her.

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u/GTFOakaFOD Sep 25 '22

This. My heart hurts to think of how her parents must have felt.

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u/maymay578 Sep 25 '22 Silver

Agreed. I couldn’t have appreciated the fear until I had kids of my own.

It blows my mind how long people will hold onto their racist ways. My mom’s high school had a race riot over “bussing” and integration in the 70s. Just a handful of years before I was born. And we’re still dealing with openly racist people. Folks most be unhappy and miserable as hell to want to dedicate all that energy to hating strangers.

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u/Kuritos Interested Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

It really was hell. Ruby Bridges was constantly harassed by the white parents of her classmates. She was often assaulted too, the most common form was spitting.

She developed a severe phobia of eating, because those same parents would threaten to poison her food. She wouldn't touch any food that she didn't see physically unsealed over this fear.

Edit: Let's not forget 1960 was not a long time ago. Ruby is only 68 years old today!

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u/McEuen78 Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 26 '22

This is disgusting because the hate she received wasn't from her peers, it was all from adults who knew better. Obviously, I don't know her experience at 6 but, I'm willing to bet that any animosity from her classmates was regurgitated from their parents and those kids didn't know any better.

Can you imagine being a grown ass adult and spitting on a 6 year old child, and then have your own child watch you do it?

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

I’m surprised there wasn’t some sort of documentary where some of those hecklers/spitters/poop bowls weren’t interviewed years later to see what their thoughts are today

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u/proxitauri Sep 25 '22

Is there anything to about her personal experiences and how coped over the following yrs 🤔

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u/DaddyDontTakeNoMess Sep 25 '22

ean, sending my little girl to a place that was clearly a dangerous place to her, without being there for her.

Imagine the fear of hearing of a shooting at your kids school. IF someone is killed, there is a 1 in 1000 chance that it's your kid. Her parents knew she had 100% chance of being the victim of any violence at that school

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u/TheGrimDweeber Sep 25 '22

Yeah, they are a lot braver than I am. They must have realised how important this was, for every African American in the US. I’m sure it wasn’t an easy decision, I have no doubt that they were in fear each and every single day they sent her off to school.

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u/paul-d9 Sep 24 '22

Its scary to think about how recent this is in the grand scheme of things.

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u/InternationalLie609 Sep 24 '22

She's still alive E: and has a Twitter

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u/bloodbath_andbeyond Sep 25 '22

I work with one of Ruby’s sons. When I was first made aware that Ruby is his mom, it totally blew my mind since he’s younger than me (I’m in my early 40s, for reference), which drives the point home of how recently this actually took place. Fucking wild.

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u/DudeIsAbiden Sep 25 '22

This story and others is how I shut down my Boomer dad when he wants to wax nostalgic about "The good old days when America blah blah blah" Yeah Dad in your day women couldn't own their own money and Black people had to use a different water fountain stfu

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u/paul-d9 Sep 25 '22

There are plenty of things to love about that era. My god the music was fantastic. But if you weren't a white male you were treated like shit. Fast forward 60 years and while things are better, bigots are just better at hiding their true colours.

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u/Bonnani Sep 24 '22

And many of the people who screamed obscenities at her, threatened her life, and disagreed that she should even have access to public schools are still alve and voting today..

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u/SenseisSifu Sep 25 '22

She went in 6 came out 60

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u/cristiander Sep 25 '22

That's why CRT is such a huge problem. Can't have kids learn about what their grandparents did back in the day

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u/Javerage Sep 25 '22

Crazy thought: Apartheid only ended 28 years ago here. There are still depressing memes I see from the older folks comparing old pictures of the country to current ones going: Things used to be so much better.

The funny thing is that even the white people seem to forget the apartheid government were fucking bastards to them.

I'll chat to older relatives and they'll at the same time go: Man you're so lucky you can learn XYZ and express yourself, they'd lock you up if you did that during apartheid / Oh wow the country is so crap now because non whites are doing bad things.

sigh

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u/Ill_Lengthiness_4160 Sep 25 '22

I went to one of the first model C schools in the country that embraced integration in SA (Lowveld High School in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga) and the AWB bombed the place over the Christmas break in '92 in protest.

Just be kind. That's all anyone wants...

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u/Vmy0 Sep 24 '22

I just read her story and I am shocked, apparently as soon as she entered the school some parents came to pick up their children and all the teachers except one refused to teach if she was present. All this for what? Human stupidity will always amaze me.

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u/-BelCanto Sep 24 '22

Yes, they kept their children at home for most of the rest of the school year. Ruby Bridges has her own book called "Ruby Bridges My Own True Story" that I have read with my students for years. She talks about how kids eventually came back to school after many months. She was all alone with her teacher for months in 2nd grade.

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u/ProtectionLazy1154 Sep 25 '22

Thank you!! This is the stuff that the younger generation needs to learn. It will help with any of the garbage their parents are teaching them.

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u/Admirable_Counter283 Sep 25 '22

Yeah teenagers and even ppl in their early 20’s , white AND black probably don’t know who she is . Because I run into a lot of ppl online with no real knowledge of what happened to blacks post slavery .

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u/WorthyofGreatness555 Sep 25 '22

CRT would fix that issue. Some of us know who she is while others are trying to erase the ugly truths of US history.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

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u/fistymcbuttpuncher Sep 25 '22

My mom is only 5 years younger than Ruby, but still denies that systemic racism is/was a thing :(

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u/Fluffy-Impression190 Sep 25 '22

People like that are in complete denial and it is useless to even discuss it.

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u/super-me-5000 Sep 25 '22

What planet was she lucky enough to come from?

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u/r3rain Sep 25 '22

Even scarier when you realize this is the direction many states are heading once again.

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u/fannyj Sep 25 '22

Yeah, only 5 or 6 other kids remained in the school and they were taught in a separate room for several months.

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u/MadameTree Sep 25 '22

Some of those people are still alive and voting.

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u/Fluffy-Impression190 Sep 25 '22

Yes. People fucking suck.

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u/PandaMayFire Sep 24 '22

Yep, I fucking hate this race. We're violent, tribalistic, have a herd mentality, and we fear anything we don't understand. We truly are just a bunch of slightly evolved animals wearing pants when it comes right down to it.

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u/Cjmooneyy Sep 25 '22

You say we're basically just animals, but it's funny I don't see dogs hate other dogs for having a different fur color or appearance. I would say humans behave far worse than other animals.

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u/Exploreptile Sep 25 '22

Some dogs might hate other dogs for having a different scent, though—or just being a stranger in general.

If anything, we just turned "otherness" into a more tangible concept.

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u/Card_Zero Sep 25 '22

Birds will discriminate based on appearance. Siblings share genes, genes that protect siblings proliferate, siblings look similar.

Dogs on the other hand have packs. Humans are probably a whole other deal, what with having morals and self-awareness, but there may be some kind of genetic prompt to start it off. It's notable that even the least racist often have racially discriminatory sexual attraction.

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u/dirk23wright Sep 25 '22

We do not know what dogs are thinking unless we talk to them about it. From what I know, dogs very much can hate other dogs, people, etc.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

Sounds racist

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u/thebucketoldpplkick Sep 25 '22

I thought that then realized he meant all of humanity

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u/PandaMayFire Sep 25 '22

Yes, this. Humans are so terrible I'd have to write a book about it.

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u/Luka_Tim Sep 25 '22

Sounds like something a lizard person would say…

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u/PandaMayFire Sep 25 '22

Don't interfere with my reptilian agenda, we've come to invade and replace.

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u/TheOGgreenranger Sep 24 '22

AND IS STILL ALIVE!

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u/Vrse Sep 24 '22

41 US Senators are older than her. A 42nd is two days younger than her.

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u/polarbearwithaspear Sep 25 '22

This is the most insane fact I've heard today, really puts things in perspective

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u/fuzzymumbochops Sep 24 '22

Alive??? She’s only 68!!

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u/CmonCentConservitive Sep 24 '22

Thats why the far right is against teaching history…they have indoctrinated their base that racism was ancient history. Can’t you see the picture it’s oldy time Black and white….

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u/Below_Me_Peasants Sep 25 '22

What is wrong with you? Where are your facts? I can say the left hide the truth about them being slave owners. Perhaps it is true too.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

“The left”, Dixiecrats? A perfect example of how woefully undereducated white republicans are.

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u/ph0on Sep 25 '22

It never actually happened!!1!!11!

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

Those are democrats that wanted her out of the school dumb ass... the old south was full of them... your history sucks

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u/-Cthaeh Sep 25 '22

Dumbass. The name means nothing when the values and ideas are the same. What is this comment anyway?

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u/teufels4hunde Sep 25 '22

Irony that Democrats USED to be the Conservative party, & Republicans were the liberal & more progressive party.

Never mind history, it matters not to your kind..

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u/jupitersXdarling Sep 25 '22

This is a thing that most people don’t realize the right and left, the Republicans and the Democrats swapped places in the 60s on their views and everything else. The Democrats then would be the right of today and the Republicans then would be the left of today. They literally swapped.

I am a part of the rapidly shrinking middle. The middle is shrinking at a disturbingly fast rate.

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u/CmonCentConservitive Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

LOL…yaaaaa it’s the democrats that marched on the Capitol waving Confederate flags, it’s the democrats who don’t want actual U.S. history being taught in schools especially the whole Jim Crow laws parts…And it was Republican who desegregated the military during WWII…oh wait that was Democrat Harry Truman, which was the beginning of the end for the Southern Democrat and a new party was formed in 1947 the Dixiecrats led by good ol boy Racist and brown sugar chaser Strom Thurmond as their candidate for president…but it was a Republican President who signed the Civil Rights Bill, Oh wait that was Democrat president LBJ, which really sped up the changing of the south to the Republican Party….yaaaaa my history sucks. The name of the political party that represents them is all that’s changed, but it’s the same people with mostly those same values.

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u/bosstg1 Sep 25 '22

That is the problem.

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u/shayjax- Sep 25 '22

That’s exactly what a person who doesn’t understand the difference between political party and political ideology.

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u/Suicidal__Asshole Sep 24 '22

I think khe means it like "she would've come out of that school in a body bag" kinda dark but.. uhh... I don't know but.

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u/whatizUtawkinbout Sep 25 '22

No. The fact that she’s still alive highlights how recent this was. This isn’t just a story of historical significance. This is a fact of modern times.

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u/TheWealthyCapybara Sep 24 '22

And so are the people who threatened her, and I doubt they changed their ways.

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u/Odd_Entertainment629 Sep 24 '22

A shame. But at least they never got what they wanted.

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u/LillianIsaDo Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 28 '22

They sort did. Schools are mostly segregated now. White flight happened after segregation, where white people mostly fled to the suburbs and black and brown people kept to the inner cities. Redlining made sure that we couldn't go into the suburbs ourselves. Actual efforts were made to further separate minority and poor communities from the "good" suburban people like plopping a highway right down where people lived (which also cutting off access to resources and helping gerrymander the districts but let's put that aside now). My elementary school in Queens had 4 white kids, all eastern European immigrants or children of such. My middle school had none, unsurprising since it was next to the projects. My high school was the first real integrated school I went to. Lots of places are like this. In the town I live in now, up until a few years ago everyone knew the white kids went to one of 2 high schools and everyone else went to the others. Some schools down south still hold separate proms, graduations, and homecomings, and even have separate valedictorians. And it's not just down south or the east coast. Segregation lives, people just pretend it ended.

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u/TheOGgreenranger Sep 24 '22

Maybe some, most of those old racists are dead. It’s their kids. Still racist.

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u/twoscoop Sep 24 '22

You wanna see a video from the 1970s in New York City where a mob of people go after a new family in the area?

Cuz its fucked... its really fucked.. its makes me sad. I think i saw it yesterday, ill find it if you like. Here, TV-MA

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u/InternationalLie609 Sep 24 '22

Send it to me if you do

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u/twoscoop Sep 24 '22

Added it to my post, they are just kids, man, breaks ya heart.

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u/InternationalLie609 Sep 24 '22

Bruh in 76 my father was in high school, damn weird thinking this shit is this recent

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u/twoscoop Sep 25 '22

They just got better at hiding it.

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u/CalmAspectEast Sep 25 '22

4:50 in is absolutely gut wrenching.

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u/dirk23wright Sep 25 '22

Many Northern people are just as racist as Southerns. That's one thing that Southerners hate about Northerners: the hypocrisy.

Don't forget the bussing crisis in Boston:

https://youtu.be/3qlylxu7wvc

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u/Homebrewer01 Sep 24 '22

Edit: I can't find the link supporting my statement so I deleted my comment.

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u/dirk23wright Sep 25 '22

All of the adults at the time are now dead. Most likely, her classmates are also mostly dead.

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u/Diomedes55 Sep 24 '22

One of the Marshals is a man from my hometown. He goes yo my parents church and they got to know him well. Before becoming a marshal he was a B-24 Liberator pilot who was shot down over France. He met up with the Resistance and made his way back to Allied lines. After the war he became a marshal and always said this was the most important assignment of his career. He is the true definition of an American Hero.

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u/Allmightydohllah Sep 25 '22

How did he feel escorting her out? I'd love to hear his perspective.

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u/ImJim0397 Sep 25 '22

This is what I'm curious about as well. I wonder how the Marshalls felt and what they thought about escorting her.

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u/Abrahamfunkon Sep 25 '22

Imagine being that brave at 6 years old with a bunch of inbred racists yelling slurs at you. Brave doesn’t do this girl justice.

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u/hannamarinsgrandma Sep 25 '22

The most horrifying detail about that day was a woman that put a black baby doll into a coffin in an attempt to scare her.

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u/Abrahamfunkon Sep 26 '22

Humans are such a terrible species. The hatred and vitriol we reserve for our fellow man is astounding. I can’t say I’m any better because I hope the woman that did that with the coffin died an excruciating death. So I’m contributing to the problem I guess.

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u/Separate-Room-6973 Sep 24 '22

Go see what she looks like and and it’s shocking how short a length of time this was ago

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u/Good_nuff Sep 24 '22

It’s only shocking to young people

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u/Haunting-Ad788 Sep 24 '22

And every right wing boomer who pretends racism has been gone since slavery ended.

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u/VanAgain Sep 24 '22

She has the determined face of a girl much older. This is an American hero.

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u/Ok-Concept-196 Sep 24 '22

Ruby Bridges for president!

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u/blueberrydonutholes Sep 24 '22

She was so tiny. I just want to hold her.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

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u/blueberrydonutholes Sep 24 '22

Possibly? I have a daughter her age so wanting to protect her was my first thought.

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u/Full-Sugar-4050 Sep 24 '22

I completely understand that was your view and I agree 100%

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u/WellAdjustedRedditer Sep 24 '22

You’re projecting

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u/DrArmitageShanks Sep 24 '22

It’s heartbreaking that such protection was necessary, and a child no less. Hard to believe this is only 62 years removed from us.

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u/Rugrin Sep 25 '22

So the part that we ignore/forget is that this was a public school integration. Working class and below had to integrate. This helped everyone ignore that the rich sent their kids to private schools and didn’t have to integrate. They just sent their kids to white all boys schools for about 20 years more.

The push to privatize schools is to allow an end run around civil rights. That needs to be remembered here.

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u/BobT21 Sep 24 '22

Briefcase contains signed court order? Just in case anybody asks?

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u/nerdykid5567 Sep 24 '22

Where is Ruby now?

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u/-BelCanto Sep 25 '22

She is the founder of the Ruby Bridges Foundation. She fights for equity and justice for all children. I like how she always talks about kindness. She always emphasizes that she thinks it is important for all children to be kind to one another.

If you look on YouTube, you can find videos of her talking about how she didn't see the danger of the situation. She thought people were holding signs like they did at Mardi Gras. She didn't feel threatened. She was too innocent to notice the evil that was all around her.

Elizabeth Ecford was one of the first to integrate an all whit high school in 1957 in Little Rock, AK. She gets overlooked in history, but I think she fought her battle a few years before Ruby Bridges went to school at William Frantz Elementary School in Mississippi in 1960.

They are very brave women indeed.

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u/nerdykid5567 Sep 25 '22

I actually once read a book about ruby bridges. It was a children's book. I remember that the book said there were tons of angry parents and there was only one teacher willing to teach her

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u/-BelCanto Sep 25 '22

Yes, I taught 2nd grade for many years. The book is called "Ruby Bridge My Own True Story." Her teacher, Ms. Henry, loved her and said she was an awesome student. They got back in touch many years later when Oprah Winfrey invited them to an interview on her show. They keep in touch, according to an interview I saw on YouTube. I always showed it in class. Now I teach 3rd grade. I will be teaching about Rosa Parks. I have some research to do!

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u/Good_nuff Sep 24 '22

Someone else in the thread linked her twitter if you wanna scroll through

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u/G20fortified Sep 24 '22

Bigots are pos

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u/Gods_Lump Sep 24 '22

My grandmother was 20 when this happened. She died last year. This was not long ago.

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u/the85141rule Sep 25 '22

The natural courage and poise this child must've been born with is a marvel. Look at that face. No matter any struggle this represented to her, I only see composure and alacrity. My God, this is a special photograph.

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u/LetsGetBusy2 Sep 25 '22

This was not long ago. Some people who were alive then, who seethed with hatred as Ruby was allowed to mix with them, are alive today. They had kids and guess what they taught them. It's not just about slavery.

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u/billyions Sep 25 '22

Anyone wanting to hurt a kid for going to school is pretty messed up.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

Its sad to thing that this is fairly recent history. People act like segregation ended 100s of years ago but no. That shit still affects people to this day. There is a lot of people who are still alive today that were victims of segregation. Horrifying

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u/jtaustin64 Sep 25 '22

There are also a lot of people alive today who were proponents of segregation, which is scarier to me for some reason. I grew up in NW TN (graduated high school in 2012) and there were a significant amount of people my age that were against "race mixing".

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u/shayjax- Sep 25 '22

The children of the people that fought to keep her out of schools are now fighting to keep her history from being taught in schools.

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

I have heard the bs that Republicans and democrats magically changed parties after the Civil War but never never never have I heard such an idiotic idea in my life. You are telling me that they switched parties since the 60s??m I'm the idiot? So freaking Woodrow Wilson and his agenda would be a republican today?? I'm the idiotic one?

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u/cristiander Sep 25 '22
  1. This lady is still alive today

Segregation isn't ancient history and it's effects are still very visible today

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u/Atheist_Bale_ Sep 24 '22

Bravest lil' girl in HISTORY!!!

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u/koolaidisthestuff Sep 25 '22

With her little book bag and school outfit.. I’d clobber someone if I seen them talking down to that kid. People can be monsters. Just a little girl who wants to learn, brave soul 🫡

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u/Big_Forever5759 Sep 25 '22

Makes you connect the dots with the MAGA Movement and this image being so close to us In history.

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u/randomname560 Sep 25 '22

People where threatening her whit guns. They wanted to kill a 6 year old, for going to school

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u/Pazoll Sep 24 '22

Legend

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u/colin8651 Sep 25 '22

I would love to see anyone touch that girl or the US Marshals guarding her. That’s what the President and the Marshals wanted.

The president has already taken control of your national guard. He would have been happy to now control your state police.

Everything would have been federal, the racist murders would have become prevue of federal courts and some real sentences would have been handed down.

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u/Allmightydohllah Sep 25 '22

The thing is racists are cowards and only attack when they think they can get away with it.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Fucking badass 6 year old

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u/Equal-Tea8289 Sep 25 '22

Us aboriginal native Americans and African Americans have been through some hardcore criticism and physical abuse, slavery, rape, ect. And still to this day we're looked at funny and discriminated against. Lolz and yes we pay taxes just not on reservation land.

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u/StopSignSass Sep 25 '22

That poor baby. I cant fathom how scared she was.

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u/waywardhero Sep 25 '22

Norman Rockwell painting of her.

Notice how he still injects his style of childhood innocence when drawing her and how she is just left of center of the piece as if she is excited to go to school.

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u/Hiddenshadows57 Sep 25 '22

Crazy that she's only like 68 years old.

Really makes you think about how it really wasn't that long ago.

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u/AppropriateAd6990 Sep 25 '22

The leader of the free world at the height of Cold War.

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u/Wagbeard Sep 25 '22

You Americans ended segregation 60 years ago. The US never properly integrated though because your upper class undermined MLK's 'dream' in the 90s by forcing 'black' Americans to be called African-American which created a form of ideological segregation.

MLK's main goals were to get black people out of the slum low income urban communities and blended with other Americans in wealthier suburban communities. He wanted to be integrated the same as the Italians and the Irish and to just be treated as an American citizen and stop looking at people by their skin tone.

https://www.npr.org/2010/01/18/122701268/i-have-a-dream-speech-in-its-entirety

Malcolm X was MLK's biggest critic. He claimed the US upper class was using MLK and that they were lying about integration.

https://youtu.be/T3PaqxblOx0

Do you have any idea how gross it is reading these comments and you guys condescendingly looking down on people in your country based on skin tone? Or how crappy it is watching Americans being gaslighted by your establishment into acting like the Civil Rights movement never happened or that you guys had a 'black' president for 8 years while thousands of low income 'black' youth get killed yearly in street violence because your academic/media establishment conned people into thinking black people choose to stay in the ghetto and exploited as socio-political entertainment.

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u/DarkBrandonsLazrEyes Sep 25 '22

(Some right wing) People act like racism doesn't exist now, but ruby bridges would only be 68 today.

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u/super-me-5000 Sep 25 '22

I can't even imagine being only 6 and going through this.

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u/EatThetaForBreakfast Sep 25 '22

Her face looks like she ain’t got time for bullshit.

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u/RevonQilin Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

I literally just came from a post of a cop purposly damaging a person's car for no reason

And then there is this... wtf happened to the police man, they went from protecting to being the threat

Sry ik ik this is kinda out of place

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u/Perfect-Virus8415 Sep 24 '22

Marshalls and regular cops are pretty different Marshalls follow orders from both state and federal government federal government being one above the state government

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u/AvengingThrowaway Sep 24 '22

Police were damaging much more than cars for no reason back in 1960 if you weren't the correct hue, they've never been seen as protectors.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

If you think this is bad you should see what the police did back then!

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u/LordEsidisi Sep 24 '22

There have always been good police and shitty police.

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u/Good_nuff Sep 24 '22

Lol the police have always been like this. You must be pretty young

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u/Technical-Memory-241 Sep 24 '22

I wonder is she still alive???

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u/heatherbabydoll Sep 24 '22

Yes

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u/Technical-Memory-241 Sep 24 '22

Thanks

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u/heatherbabydoll Sep 24 '22

You’re welcome!

Someone below linked her twitter account actually.

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

Yall do realize all these people were democrats right? From the governors all the way down

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u/arghitsmira111 Sep 25 '22

I will never understand this “gotcha” Can we not all just agree segregation was a fucked up part of American history and not play the blame game?

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u/AvengingThrowaway Sep 25 '22

Party realignment, don't forget you're on the internet

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u/Past_Material_7690 Sep 25 '22

You do realize that the parties evolved right??

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

I bet ”ya’ll” have a stroke when I tell you who today’s KKK and neo-nazis are, poor thing. Hint, not ’libruls democrats’.

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

Yeah because I'm a republican I'm a racist nazi, even though I taught in Memphis inner city for 11 years....lol

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u/bottle-of-water Sep 25 '22

Many republicans aren’t racists. Many racists are republicans.

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u/MonstrousVoices Sep 25 '22

Just like Democrat Strom Thurmond....who would later become a Republican.

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u/TovarishchRed Sep 25 '22

Surprised the Marsalls even protected her tbh.

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u/ElizabethElinorAnne Sep 24 '22

Can you imagine wanting to hurt that adorable child? Little baddie.

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u/Thecrazyjoe250 Sep 24 '22

1960 is not exactly yesterday

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u/Useful_Base4145 Sep 24 '22

It's less than 65 years ago

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u/Thecrazyjoe250 Sep 24 '22

So? B&W photography was still widely used in the 60's.

Many, MANY things can change in more than half a century, it was another time.

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u/OGBrngBakPgBack Sep 24 '22

I agree with this 💯 percent. Unfortunately, racism is still alive & well.

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u/Over_Accountant3492 Sep 24 '22

I wonder what caused those smirks

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u/mikeevans1990 Sep 24 '22

She looks like she had a shit day

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u/nickcliff Interested Sep 25 '22

OC right here.

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

The democrats hated her for that

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u/Tobybrent Sep 25 '22

Idiot

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

Am I wrong? Obviously not. Dumb ass liberals want to tear down statues of people 200 years ago and forget about their racism of 50 years ago. All dumb asses

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u/Tobybrent Sep 25 '22

Jesus, who ties your shoe laces?

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

Wow another liberal who calls people names but has no facts.... what are your pronouns?

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u/Tobybrent Sep 25 '22

Progressive and liberal

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

I figured... thought they might be dumb and ass

You do know that all the southern governors against desegregation were democrats right?

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u/Tobybrent Sep 25 '22

So which are you Oath Keeper or Proud Boy?

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

Neither...lol... nice box you put people in... I just know the democrats were the cause of that picture and you don't like that fact

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u/Tobybrent Sep 25 '22

I know the history. Dixie is now GOP when it used to be all George Wallace racists. The parties flipped on race after the Democrats signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 though it took a few years for the switch to settle but it’s locked in now.

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u/tridentofchas Sep 25 '22

Do you know who was responsible for central high in little Rock being desegregated?

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

You’re woefully uneducated, dixiecrats were far right slavers, today’s republicans. I feel bad for your lack of understanding American history.

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u/punkass_book_jockey8 Sep 25 '22

She’s on Instagram.

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u/naut_the_one Sep 25 '22

She's still alive and well today

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u/Old_Adhesiveness2214 Sep 25 '22

It wasn't racism, it's fear... They all know what an education means. They were scared of the status quo bring changed

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u/Ice_BergSlim Sep 25 '22

Meanwhile in San Diego in 4th grade, I had no clue that this kind of stuff happened in these here United States. I even walked the girl I had a crush on home from school, carrying her books and she was white.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

My grandfather was there as an MP in the army

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u/monkale98 Sep 25 '22

sad to think that people would see a child and deny them the opportunity of a better future through schooling. fucking incredible the strides we made but then ronald reagan came in, neo liberalism took hold and we're fighting to keep public schools alive.

folks they, the conservatives and their billionaire donors, want to get rid of public school entirely. you cannot let them win these school board and local elections. it will affect the poorest of us, those without, those that need it. mark my words, libraries are next. they're still gunning for the postal service too.

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u/missykins8472 Sep 25 '22

I have a 5 yr old son who started kindergarten.

This pic just hit in a whole new way. I can't even imagine how hard this would have been for her parents.

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u/KrispyBaconDonuts Sep 25 '22

Can’t imagine the fear and anxiety that girl and her family must has felt.

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u/rhh92 Sep 25 '22

There's a really good piece in a John Steinbeck novel about this, from what i remember from it the crowd were so vile he had to leave the city

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u/LillianIsaDo Sep 25 '22

She is currently 68. I hate that they show this in blavk and white because this historical event was not that long ago. She's a year older than my father. 1 year.

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u/Havoc_XXI Sep 25 '22

Good for her, this is when people were brave to do something that mattered because it was right and fair, not just for attention like 90% of people these days…

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u/Scarraface Sep 25 '22

Poor kid Imagine the struggle she had in the upcoming 30 years ! I have Seen the people protesting for this act! Blew my mind

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u/ElderWaylayer Sep 25 '22

So cute, So brave.

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u/No-Comparison8472 Sep 25 '22

Out of curiosity were other ethnicities such as asians already accepted in schools ?

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u/Firestorm83 Sep 25 '22

I doubt that this girl is any more African than Joe behind her...

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u/el-thenyo Sep 25 '22

I love this photo. Look how cute and innocent she looks.