1. sourcedumal:

    dynamicafrica:

    Today, September 8th, is the 60th birthday of Ruby Nell Bridges - a woman who, being the first black child to attend an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960, underwent a traumatizing ordeal that came to signify the deeply troubled state of race relations in America.

    On her first day of school at William Frantz Elementary School, during a 1997 NewsHour interview Bridges recalled that she was perplexed by the site that befell, thinking that it was some sort of Mardi Gras celebration:

    "Driving up I could see the crowd, but living in New Orleans, I actually thought it was Mardi Gras. There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting, and that sort of goes on in New Orleans at Mardi Gras.”

    Only six-years-old at the time, little Ruby had to deal with a slew of disgusting and violent harassment, beginning with threats of violence that prompted then President Eisenhower to dispatch U.S Marshals as her official escorts, to teachers refusing to teach her and a woman who put a black baby doll in a coffin and demonstrated outside the school in protest of Ruby’s presence there. This particular ordeal had a profound effect on young Ruby who said that it “scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us.”

    Only one teacher, Barbara Henry, would teach Ruby and did so for over a year with Ruby being the only pupil in her class.

    The Bridges family suffered greatly for their brave decision. Her father lost his job, they were barred from shopping at their local grocery store, her grandparents, who were sharecroppers, were forcibly removed from their land, not to mention the psychological effect this entire ordeal had on her family. There were, however, members of their community - both black and white - who gathered behind the Bridges family in a show of support, including providing her father with a new job and taking turns to babysit Ruby.

    Part of her experience was immortalized in a 1964 Norman Rockwell painting, pictured above, titled The Problem We All Live With. Her entire story was made into a TV movie released in 1998.

    Despite the end of the segregation of schools in the United States, studies and reports show that the situation is worse now than it was in the 1960s.

    Today, still living in New Orleans, Briges works as an activist, who has spoken at TEDx, and is now chair of the Ruby Bridges Foundation.

    1960. My mother’s time. This is literally one generation ago. And where have we gone from this? Not very far.

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  2. mr-gerbear:

    lady-johnlock:

    lemon-the-epic:

    OH COME ON

    ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW

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    I scrolled past this but I audibly whispered “NO…” to nobody in particular so here we are. Damn it.

    Reblogged from: talysia
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  5. beware-the-leopard:

    thedeandobbs:

    And so the world fell to its knees.

    I love this post.

    Reblogged from: carry-on-my-wayward-nun
  6. acacophony:

    iwriteaboutfeminism:

    Police continue to make arrests at Ferguson protest.

    Part 4.

    Take note: The moment people stopped reblogging and tweeting and writing news articles and calling attention to Ferguson, they brought back the armored cars. It is not over. They were waiting for the world to lose interest and knew it would.

    Reblogged from: witchyroses
  7. ralphwigguum:

    all these people falling in love with chris pratt now that he’s in shape smh

    always remember chubby pratt

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    Both are just as cute if you ask me

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  9. chillona:

    rabidauthor:

    trashy-prince:

    2srooky:

    shanellbklyn:

    x-cunt-hunter-x:

    kxngvxgitx:

    cold-fury:

    One of the best moments of my childhood.

    BITCH

    ZERO HAD ZERO FUCKS

    I can’t even tell you how excited I was that they turned this book into a movie and it was good

    I literally have absolutely no complaints with the movie at all. Once, my friend and I did comparisons from the book and the movie, and we found the only major difference was the fact that Stanley wasn’t heavy set when he arrived at the camp in the movie. The majority of the script is raw quotations from the book.
    This is my favorite book to movie adaptation and it did everything Percy Jackson, Inkheart, and The Golden Compass didn’t.

    yesss this was such a good book and film

    And the only reason Stanely wasn’t heavy set was because in the book he loses tons of weight and eventually ends up being almost thin. The director said he didn’t want to force an adolescent boy to lose weight on such a quick filming schedule, and L’bouf’s audition was so spot on, that they decided to go with a thinner Stanely from the beginning

    ^

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