There was a massive crowd of white people throwing things and shouting "two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate!"
Not weird white people. Not outliers of society. Normal every day white people. Expressing their superiority over N** and N**. That is the scary part. How normal people thought all this was ok and even their right.
People pulled their kids out of school that day (500 kids!). All teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Barbara Henry was the only person who agreed to teach Ruby. And for over a year taught Ruby alone.
Ruby was a brave girl. Her mom deserves an astonishing amount of credit for deciding to send Ruby to the school and sticking with it even has her entire family suffered. Big props to all of them, AND the white people who continued to send their kids to the school, who helped the Bridges family.
There is almost no one who would read Ruby's story today and not think it was all so despicable and racist and many other things. There is almost no one who is not filled with outrage at what people believed then and how terribly they acted.
And yet, today so many continue to discriminate. A majority in many states and countries!
Take gay rights. The passion you see expressed in this three min short movie against Ruby, http://goo.gl/ns09Qg, is the same you see so often in protests against gay rights. Or we are against other religious. Or reproductive choices. Or so many other things.
Why don't we see that 50 years from now (or 5 years from now) people watching our religious/sex/origin/skin color/gender protestations will think of us as being just as awful, bigoted, and despicable as those people who protested against Ruby?
I am deeply proud of the progress our country has made. I hope that we will see our bigotry not in a rear-view mirror but right when we express it, right when we trample on the rights of another human. It is harder to see it in the moment. But I pray that we do.
PS: Please watch, and show your kids, this brief three min clip: http://goo.gl/ns09Qg And here's a short Wikipedia page on Ruby, absolutely worth a read: http://goo.gl/qk4ozd
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to play with it!
PS: Poor imaginary being doesn't even get a platform to justify himself/herself/itself 😈
If you're a parent with small children, I think you agree with me and say finally in unison. A child friendly YouTube is something that we've needed for for quite some time. Kids today are more often than not consuming content on YouTube versus using traditional television and for some even Netflix or Hulu comes in second and third to YouTube. While all of the details aren't clear at this time, I'm excited for parental controls and safe and child friendly content as my children continue to become YouTube addicts for their media consumption.
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