On the morning of September 4, 1957, fifteen-year-old Dorothy Counts set out on a harrowing path toward Harding High, where-as the first African American to attend the all-white school – she was greeted by a jeering swarm of boys who spat, threw trash, and yelled epithets at her as she entered the building.
Charlotte Observer photographer Don Sturkey captured the ugly incident on film, and in the days that followed, the searing image appeared not just in the local paper but in newspapers around the world.
People everywhere were transfixed by the girl in the photograph who stood tall, her five-foot-ten-inch frame towering nobly above the mob that trailed her. There, in black and white, was evidence of the brutality of racism, a sinister force that had led children to torment another child while adults stood by. While the images display a lot of evils: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality, it also captures true strength, determination, courage and inspiration.
Dorothy Counts, a fifteen year old black girl attempting to integrate at the all white Harding High School in North Carolina in 1957.After four days of abuse her family removed her from school
The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, the leader of the White Citizens Council, urged the boys to “keep her out” and at the same time, implored the girls to spit on her, saying, “spit on her, girls, spit on her.” Dorothy walked by without reacting, but told the press that many people threw rocks at her—most of which landed in front of her feet—and that many spat on her back. More abuse followed that day. She had trash thrown at her while eating her dinner and the teachers ignored her. The following day, she befriended two white girls, but they soon drew back because of harassment from other classmates. Her family received threatening phone calls and after four days of extensive harassment—which included a smashed car and having her locker ransacked, her father decided to take his daughter out of the school. At a press conference, he said:
It is with compassion for our native land and love for our daughter Dorothy that we withdraw her as a student at Harding High School. As long as we felt she could be protected from bodily injury and insults within the school’s walls and upon the school premises, we were willing to grant her desire to study at Harding.
My opinion now is that the majority of “white” citizens of the USA are absolute shits. This happened in the 1950s and some of these bastards are still alive. They have probably passed their tainted and obscene thoughts onto their children and their grandchildren. I wish the USA could be isolated the way South Africa was during the apartheid era.
(forcefully sterilizes ethiopian jews)
(demolishes the homes of palestinians on a huge scale)
(segregates buses so that palestinians have to ride separate buses from israelis)
(forcibly makes it so palestinians cannot visit parts of their own homeland)
(kills and oppresses the palestinian people in the name of a pure jewish homeland)
(throws a rock)
Perhaps through work or play, a son is overwhelmed with fatigue. As the father protectively places his arms around his son, we witness a moment of tenderness. This image was shot in Afghanistan.
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As always; The photography is wonderful and very moving but I do not share the enthusiasm for “family”. Friendship? Yes, but too much shit is “done” in the name of “family”. From blood feuds that span generations to those nasty little secrets that “We don’t tell - because it’s family”.
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