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America has such a messed up history… 1957.
This photo was taken in 1957.
The young men are just smiling. There are very fine people on both sides.
the determination on that mans face could move mountains
What is truly tragic is that with with the current POTUS that is possible that we will see this again in the near future.
[This](https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article66900492.html) was an interesting article that includes some thoughts from a couple of the boys in this picture, 50 years later.
> “The peer pressure was just unbelievable, “ he says. “I can understand why teenagers do what they do, because I felt it back then. You do things that, looking back, you can’t believe you did. All we knew was that she was different from us and we didn’t want her there.”
If you got the full story you’d see she approached them first /s
Many of those kids are still alive and voting. We know who they voted for. -borrowed from the Twitter
Heritage, not hate – that’s what those kid’s kid’s are saying these days, right?
Whos that Boo Radley-looking mofo on the right? Throwing a serious Angry Old Man Face.
>[ Dorothy Counts (born 1942) was one of the first black students admitted to the Harry Harding High School, in Charlotte, North Carolina. After only four days in-school days of harassment that threatened her safety, her parents forced her to withdraw from the school.](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Counts)
>Dorothy, whose nickname was Dot, was dropped off on her first day of school by her father Herman Count along with their family friend Edwin Thompkins. As their car was blocked from closer to the front entrance, Edwin offered to escort Dot to the front of the school while her father parked the car. As Dot got out of the car to head down the hill, her father told her, “Hold your head high.” The harassment started when the wife of John Z. Warlick, an officer 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 students formed walls but parted ways at the last minute to allow her to walk past. Photographer Douglas Martin won the 1957 World Press Photo of the Year with an image of Counts being mocked by a crowd on her first day of school.
>The following day Dot had fallen ill. With a fever and aching throat, she stayed home from school for the next two days, but had hoped to start the next week better. On her first day she had made befriended two white girl students and hoped their friendship would lessen the stress of starting a new school. As she arrived the following week on Monday, the girls told her they couldn’t be friends with her anymore due to them enduring their own harassment while she was absent, including eggs being thrown at them. A few days later on Wednesday Dot requested to go home for lunch after a group of boys spit in her food the previous day. When she returned that afternoon with her brother, a bystander threw something at their car and shattered the back window. The following day, a week after her first arrival, her parents were pulling her from Harding High.
They’re is a lot of difference today. Today those kids would be wearing a red hat, sayin their political opponant kill baby and practicing human traffic. A lot more different.
comma after Counts in title is important
[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui2qfS0JlSg](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui2qfS0JlSg) her own account of the story
I wonder how these people feel about being on the wrong side of history. I wonder if they even care.
Bunny ears… the enigma.
How can something be both funny and not funny at the same time.