Daniel with Ruby leaving a segregated school

Daniel WitsilMr. FlowersCivics 8 – Period 7Jan. 25, 2018A.M.D.G.A Girl for Others The movie Ruby Bridges tells the story of a 6 year old who integrated an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960, just six years after Brown vs. Board of Education. To do so, Ruby Bridges and her family faced rabid mobs, threats of poisoning and psychological distress. They also had courage, help from other people and faith in God. Throughout the movie, there are conflicts: the state government vs. federal government, people who support integration and those who don’t, and between going along with the crowd and standing up for what is right. The movie begins with Ruby leaving a segregated school with her friends. When she gets home, she  plays baseball with them outside. Inside the house,  Ruby’s mother is meeting with a man who works for the NAACP. He tells her Ruby did “very, very well” on a test. Ruby’s father comes home, and there is a dispute whether Ruby was out or safe when playing baseball. A neighbor rules she is safe. Ruby’s father picks her up. They go to Stein’s market, then return home, just as the man from the NAACP is leaving. He congratulates Ruby and tells her that she was picked with five other girls because of their test scores to integrate the white school. That night, Ruby’s parents talk about the plan to integrate the school. Her father isn’t convinced it is a good idea because it puts their daughter in danger. Her mother says she isn’t going to be afraid that the governor is trying to stop desegregation. She tells her husband that Ruby won the right to go to the better school and that could make things better for their other children and all children in the state. Next, the family goes to church and the pastor says that they are never alone because God is always with them. He preaches to the congregation about inequality in America and tells them that they can “rise up” despite of the opposition. The morning after, Ruby’s father walks to work and is stopped by police who have barricaded the streets. To take Ruby to school with her mother, U.S. marshals come to the house in cars. Ruby waves goodbye to Alison, one of her friends. When they get to school, the marshal gives Ruby instructions to stay close, and no matter what, “Don’t look back at the crowd.” Ruby and her mother are met by an angry mob. They are shouting “2-4-6-8 we don’t want to integrate!” and they tell Ruby she doesn’t belong there. When they reach the school doors, police tell them the governor forbid them to enter. The marshal, however, tells the officer the president gave orders to let Ruby and her mother in. The is an example of how federal jurisdiction supersedes state jurisdiction. Ruby goes to school, but the white parents quickly pull their children out of class. Ruby also finds out that the other black children that were picked with her changed their minds and she is now the only student at the school. That same day, a new teacher Barbara Henry also arrives, but she is sent away because of the confusion. The new teacher, who is from Boston, later becomes Ruby’s teacher because none of the other teachers want Ruby in their class. In addition, a psychiatrist, who is driving by the school and sees the angry crowd, decides that he wants to help Ruby cope with stress. He later goes back to the school and offers his assistance. In class the next day, Mrs. Henry tells Ruby that she is advanced for her age. Ruby’s mother says she is like a sponge and picks everything up. Later, in the teachers’ lounge, the other teachers resent Mrs. Henry. They tell her the school is ruined. At home, Ruby’s father is worried Ruby will soon have to go to school without her mom. Ruby’s mother, however, tells her husband they can’t be afraid because integration is the only way that there will be change. That night, she tells Ruby that Jesus also faced a mob and he prayed for them. The next day, as Ruby walks into the school, a woman in the mob shouts: “I’m going to hang you.” Ruby ignores the threats, chants and signs. After school, Ruby’s father comes home with his arms full of donuts. He lost his job because his daughter is going to the white school, but a baker felt bad and gave him the donuts. The dad is upset. He was injured while protecting a white man and earned a Purple Heart, but white people don’t want his daughter to go to school with their children. Since he lost his job, he plans to take Ruby to school. However, the marshal said Ruby’s father couldn’t go because, as a man and her father,  he wasn’t sure whether he could restrain himself against the mob. At the school, a woman starts threatening to poison Ruby. The situation gradually takes its toll on everyone in the family. Ruby makes all A’s, but she also starts having trouble sleeping and stops eating because she is afraid her food is poisoned. She only wants to eat food out of new bags. She also starts working with the psychologist, who can’t figure out why Ruby isn’t more traumatized. At the market, the Steins ask the Bridges family not to shop there anymore. Eventually, a father, who is also a minister, takes his white daughter to school alongside Ruby. After that, some white students return to school and Ruby has class with them. By the end of the movie, people are starting to change. The psychologist realizes that Ruby’s faith protected her and gave her strength. Mrs. Stein brings the Bridges some groceries. Some of the children stop being mean to Ruby and will be her friend. Ruby’s test scores at the end of the year are very high. Mrs. Henry says that the country is changing, and Ruby and the other children start to play together. Then, a voice-over says that as an adult, Ruby Bridges started a foundation to help other children. It is a reminder that one little girl can make a difference, and that, we all have an obligation to stand up for our rights and for others.