Thank You, Ruby Bridgesby Bronte P.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
Dear Ms. Bridges,
I got the chance to read your book “Through My Eyes,” and I must say, as I was reading, I got scared for you, and I got a bad case of sweaty palms as well.
In my small town, there are barely any problems with racism, or at least not on my watch, but I have had some pretty bad experiences with prejudiced people, which is absolutely nothing compared to your life story, especially you being so young and all. I can’t stand it when someone makes a comment about another person’s hair or clothes or their weight or anything along those lines because I don’t think it is right to judge what kind of person they are by how they look or how they talk. Also, before you criticize someone, you have to put yourself in their shoes and ask yourself the question what would I do or how would I react if that was me? The golden rule comes in handy with talking about racism: treat others the way you want to be treated, because that’ll get you far.
I know that I would be terrified if I had to be escorted to school everyday by big men with guns, and I think that you were extremely courageous and brave, doing what you were doing, even if you didn’t know it at the time. I loved your sandwich stuffing method, because it was a very clever idea to try to get to go to the cafeteria with the other kids and it sounds like something I might do, even though it’d be risky. I can’t say that I know any children, now adults, who can honestly say that they helped integrate schools, stuff you went through, and how you, yourself as a person, impacted the United States was a brilliant idea because now, people all over can relate, and say that you were, and still are an inspiration to them, me being one of those people.
Bronte P., 6th grade, Massachusetts
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