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Thank You, Ruby Bridges
by Elise F.

Dear Ruby Bridges,

I believe that everyone should be treated the same. It is wrong to categorize people by the way they look. People that do so will never be able to enjoy someone’s company for who they are, for they will be far too busy fretting about the way they look or what religious beliefs they possess.

Everyone comes from different countries, but in the end, what does it matter? The majority of Americans today are not entirely one nationality. Their ancestors came from different countries. There is living evidence that all nationalities are equal. No one is better than the person next to him. Although they may be your enemies, they are the ones who need your prayers.

In the words of Jesus, “It is not the healthy that need the doctor but the sick.” So when you pray, pray not for those who believe in equality, but for those who do not. Those people who are prejudiced have been around others who think like they do, so they do not fully understand that people are people no matter what they may look like.

Everyone has a strong and colorful character if you just know where to look. Those who have prejudiced personalities have clouded eyes, so they have difficulty locating someone’s true colors. They see only what a person looks like; for them, everything is what it seems. These people have not been able to grasp the fact that almost nothing is what it seems.

You can never tell what someone is really like by looking at their face. If you want to get to know someone, it is vital that you seek for what lies beneath the surface, for it is there that you will find the character traits that are unique to that person. They need to learn how to touch, listen and see with their hearts, for if they do not, the world will probably be a dull and uneventful place. They automatically assume that because someone else has dark skin and they have light skin, the other is inferior to them. These people are not true Americans.

In the Pledge of Allegiance, it clearly states that everyone who is an American citizen shall receive justice, but those who have prejudiced minds do not believe this. Human beings should not be judged by their features, but by their hearts.


Elise F., 6th grade, Texas

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