Thursday, January 29, 2009

Interesting Comparison

I got this email from a colleague yesterday.

This is a Norman Rockwell painting of Ruby Bridges ...

the little black girl who had to be escorted to school by federal marshals. "On November 14, 1960, nearly 42 years ago, Bridges faced hostile crowds as the first black child to attend a previously all-white New Orleans school. She was 6 years old and had only been told by her mother that she was going to be attending a new school that day and 'had better behave.' Little did she know that she would be bombarded with jeers and even death threats, and that she would end up being the sole child in her first grade class after other children were kept home by their parents." All because Ruby was Black.

Forty-eight years later -- January 5, 2009 -- here is a picture of Sasha Obama, a little 7 year old Black girl, being escorted to school by her mother, First Lady-elect Michelle Obama, and the Secret Service because Sasha's daddy is now President-elect of the United States, Barack Obama:


Anonymous said...

great article John, well done. Love the comparison...

Anonymous said...

Hi john, What happened to ruby,

John Gray said...

Hi Anon

whoops - could I claim this was the American spelling?

Hi Paul

Check out

Anonymous said...

And President Obama,just keeps on delivering.nice to see a politician keeping his promise's

'I also believe that we have to reverse many of the policies towards organized labor that we've seen these last eight years, policies with which I've sharply disagreed. I do not view the labor movement as part of the problem, to me it's part of the solution. We need to level the playing field for workers and the unions that represent their interests, because we know that you cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement. We know that strong, vibrant, growing unions can exist side by side with strong, vibrant and growing businesses'.

He get's it,do you think Gordon Brown and Lord Mandleson get it?

John Gray said...

Hi Brian

I think so – The US unions mind are in a much worse place than even us.

I like the “you cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement.”

Has anyone told the Daily Mail?