Ruby Bridges was the first Black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the US South when she was 6 years old.
For her to attend school her first day, federal marshals with guns had to make way through a crowd of grown men and women screaming “nigger”, spitting on her, threatening her life, and waving confederate flags. They even carried a small coffin with a Black baby doll inside, which caused Ruby nightmares at the time.
In her classroom, all her classmates were either withdrawn by angry parents or abandoned the class refusing to sit with the 6-year-old.
Nearly all the teachers abandoned the school except for one. For the entire school year, Ruby went to school to a classroom that was just her and the one teacher that didn’t refuse her.
She refused to eat any food that wasn’t pre-packaged and sealed because they threatened to poison her.
Ruby is only 65 years old today. It wasn’t a long time ago that a lot of racist people were living among us; now many people consider racism a crime. However, we are facing a systematic racism and discrimination everyday and we should fight against it.
We should know that there’s a lot of people like Ruby who we should support to make changes. Our fight continues.