Thursday, November 14, 2013
Brave Little Ruby
How do you thank a little girl like, Ruby Bridges? Who is that, you might ask? She is the heroic little black girl who took the unforgettable step into integrating white and black children into the same school.
On November 14, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana, this beautiful little girl stepped into a "white" world and instead of love, all she found was hate.
So many fought, threatened and actually threw things at this precious little girl. Good people who attended church every Sunday. Good people who loved their children and their country. Good people who said they followed Jesus and believed in a supreme being, actually threw hard, hurtful objects at this little, innocent girl.
"There was a large crowd of people outside of the school. They were throwing things and shouting...."
Said Ruby as she got out of the car. In her innocent mind, she thought they were celebrating Mardi Gras.
She was met with intolerance and pure hate....
"As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Mrs. Henry taught her alone....
Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her....
Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Bridges Hall has said "scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us." At her mother's suggestion, Bridges began to pray on the way to school, which she found provided protection from the comments yelled at her on the daily walks."
How can anyone be this way?
This was not that long ago.
And I will say that this bothered me before I had a little, precious black girl...but it bothers me even more now. To imagine my Lia or any of my children having to endure the hate of adults, makes me sick inside.
It makes me embarrassed to be white. To know that my own race could hurt a child simply because she wanted to be equal. To hate simply because it was the "thing" to do.
We are all God's children. He loves Ruby as he loves the woman who threatend to poison her. But do WE really love God? Do our actions show our love of God to all mankind? Do we judge harshly against those who may look or believe differently than ourselves, even though they are still God's children?
I hope and pray for that day when hate will be taken from the earth and therefore our hearts...but until that day, what are we doing in our own little corner to eradicate it?
Thank you, Ruby and your family, for being willing to change your little part of the world for those who couldn't change it for themselves. And thank you, Mrs. Henry, Ruby's teacher, for showing us what a true Christian is: loving someone despite popular beliefs.
Lots of love,
Quotes taken from this site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:The-problem-we-all-live-with-norman-rockwell.jpg