A picture and a thousand words

Amazing, disturbing piece on the Little Rock nine from Vanity fair. The sadness of that girl's subsequent life, in stark contrast to the usual story we get--music swelling to a crescendo as the nine march past the guards, and then fade to black--is awful to bear.

Update I just deleted all the comments on this thread. Normally, I'd leave notes, but I assume everyone involved knows exactly why they were deleted. Frankly, I don't even know what to begin to say to the people who turned a discussion of Jim Crow into a rant about how black people are Destroying Our Schools.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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