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Thank You, Ruby Bridges
by Alicia C.

Dear Ruby Bridges,

Wow! You were exceptionally brave to face the challenges of integration. Even though there were many threats and riots, you persevered and kept right on going to that school. I am honored with the chance to even write to you.

I feel that racism is wrong. It is not right to judge people by their appearance or color of their skin. Just like the old saying, "don't judge a book by its cover," it's what is on the inside that really matters.

When people group others, then problems start. Just look at some of the problems with the Holocaust, the current problem in Iraq, and the segregation problem back when you were young. Little disagreements led to riots, which led to death of many people.

It is unfortunate that even though people fought for civil rights and made a difference in the world, there is still racism going on today. It happens in the world, in our country, in my state, my town, and my school and even on the bus. My friend shared with me a time when he was riding home on the school bus and the bus driver wouldn't let him put his window down, but let another kid put his window down. My friend is black and the other kid is white. It's little things like that which add up to big things and can literally split apart a nation.

I am glad that the world has been changed. I live in a better world today because of the actions taken by brave people like you. I hope someday I can live in a world where there is no judgment or segregation and we can all accept each other as equals.

Thank you for reading about my thoughts. I surely hope you feel the same. I am humbled when I see how great a change you have made and how much you are still doing to promote civil rights. Thank you for your work!

Your Fellow Fighter,

Alicia C., Michigan

"Thank You, Ruby Bridges"

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