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There was a story I came across where a police officer drew his gun, cursing and frisked (ordered them get down on their knees with there hands up) a couple of African-American teens during a snowball fight.  It was video taped and it’s heart breaking. 
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I did not include it because the short video video below with Ruby Bridges puts the Ferguson and Eric Garner cases sums up these sad situations and her unique perspective nails it..  
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​The Problem We All Live With

artist, Norman Rockwell_1964
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As soon as Ruby entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the 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 Henry taught her alone, “as if she were teaching a whole class.”
​U.S. Marshals escorted Bridges to and from school
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President Barack Obama has taken a decidedly low-key approach to racial issues since he became America’s first black president two years ago. But in a hallway outside the Oval Office, he has placed a head-turning painting depicting one of the ugliest racial episodes in U.S. history.

Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With,” installed in the White House last month, shows U.S. marshals escorting Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old African-American girl, into a New Orleans elementary school in 1960 as court-ordered integration met with an angry and defiant response from the white community.

The thrust of the painting is not subtle. America’s vilest racial epithet appears in letters several inches high at the top of the canvas. To the left side, the letters “KKK”are plainly visible. The crowds, mostly women who gathered daily to taunt Bridges as she went to a largely empty school, are not shown in the picture. But the racist graffiti and a splattered tomato convey the hostile atmosphere.
​Present Obama approved bringing the painting to the West Wing 
of the White House_July 16, 2011
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On July 15, 2011, Ruby Bridges met with President Barack Obama at the White House, and while viewing the Norman Rockwell painting of her on display he told her,“I think it’s fair to say that if it hadn’t been for you guys, I might not be here and we wouldn’t be looking at this together.”

Be Grateful!
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Camille
Camille Mitchell
Ambassador
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