Elizabeth and Hazel: Little Rock women struggled after iconic civil rights image
The key figures in this famous photo are featured in the new book, "Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock."
December 22nd, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Elizabeth and Hazel: Little Rock women struggled after iconic civil rights image

By Stephanie Siek, CNN

(CNN) - David Margolick’s latest book, “Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women of Little Rock,” explores what happened to two teenagers captured in one of the civil rights movement’s most iconic photos.

Elizabeth Eckford was one of nine black teenagers to integrate Little Rock, Arkansas', Central High School in 1957, and the photo shows her walking a gauntlet of shouting, taunting white students and adults. In the photo, Hazel Bryan, now Hazel Bryan Massery, was the white girl caught in the midst of yelling a racial epithet. The moment depicted in that image continued to reverberate throughout both girls’ lives.

Eckford struggled with depression and anxiety throughout adulthood, once being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder due to the near-constant bullying she experienced at Central High. She attended two colleges before depressive symptoms forced her to drop out. Bryan Massery transferred to another high school before dropping out to marry at 16. She was the mother of two children when she first called Eckford to apologize for what she'd done. Although the two women eventually reconciled and even became friends, the pain and guilt each experienced because of the events in the photo crushed their friendship, and they no longer speak to each other.

CNN: What motivated you to write this book?

Margolick: I was in Little Rock doing a piece, a [Bill] Clinton-related piece for Vanity Fair that didn’t pan out. While I was there, I went to Central High School, which had always been a legendary building for me. I was well aware of what had happened in Little Rock in 1957 … Central High School was a holy place for me, and I wanted to see it for myself. When I was there, I went to the visitors’ center across the street, which had just opened, and right when you got in you saw the famous picture.

It seeped into my consciousness the way it seeps into the consciousness of every historically curious person.

I can’t tell you [how old I was when I first saw the picture]. I could no more tell you than I could when I first saw the picture of the little boy in the Warsaw ghetto with his hands up. You just know you’re changed once you see it. These are images that haunt you for the rest of your life.

But what happened in the visitors' center was that very close to the picture, in the gift shop, was a poster of the grown-up pictures of these girls … I realized this was the same Elizabeth and Hazel, only they were grown up and they were friendly. The picture was taken in 1997, and I was there in 1999 … I thought, as any journalist would, how did we get from the first picture to the second? And why didn’t I know anything about it? How had these two archetypal racial antagonists buried the hatchet? How could that be? So that’s what made me curious enough to start looking into it.

CNN: What was it like reporting this story – were the two women and the people around them willing to talk?

Margolick: It was a delicate matter reporting the story, but not for the reasons that I anticipated. The two women were initially quite willing to talk. They met with me right away, and - but there were problems very quickly. When I met the two women, the bond that had developed very quickly between them in 1997, had begun to fray.

Hazel was wary of me and decided not to cooperate with me. Hazel felt that me and Elizabeth would gang up on her. For the first eight years that I worked on the story, she wouldn’t even talk to me.

When a version of the story appeared in Vanity Fair in 2007, an early version, and Hazel could see I bore her no ill will and was trying to be fair to her, then she agreed to see me. And from there I went back and forth between the two of them. They only live a few miles apart. Though they hadn’t talked to each other since 1997, they were talking to me.

I found that their families were not anxious to speak about it. Their children - I never spoke to Hazel’s children, she would never let me. She thought some of the ostracism that she had suffered for coming out and apologizing would spill over to their lives and hurt them, their businesses.

There were a lot of white people in Little Rock that thought Hazel had given them a bad name, that they had behaved completely appropriately in 1957 and never did anything to hurt the black people at the school, and here they were saddled with the image of Hazel in the picture. They were seen as racists, when all they did when the black children at Central were being harassed and humiliated, was look the other way. They think that they were good kids, and that the trouble inside Central to which Elizabeth and the others were subjected was the work of 200 troublemakers, and the other 1,800 of them were living as normal a life as possible in a school that was militarily occupied.

CNN: What do you find most tragic about this story?

Margolick: There are lots of tragic things here, lots of tragic dimensions to this story, but each has a positive side, too. This story is very mixed; it’s complicated. It’s a great tragedy that, because of her own demons and the abominable way she was treated, Elizabeth’s growth was stunted. Elizabeth could have been anything. She could have been a great lawyer or a history professor. So that’s a great tragedy. It’s a great tragedy that a childish mistake - Hazel has had to bear this cross for the last 55 years, and this picture will be on top of her obituary. It will be the only reason she’ll have an obituary in The New York Times.

It’s a tragedy that the despite the intents of these well-meaning people, they ended up incommunicado, despite the great bond of love between them even to this day.

That’s why I think the last chapter of this book will not be in my book. It may not be written yet.

CNN: From what I understand, Hazel’s life took an upward, or at least normal, curve, while Elizabeth struggled for decades after the day that picture was taken. What do you think accounts for the difference in the levels of their successes?

Margolick: I think it’s a matter of their mental makeup – I think that Elizabeth had a family history of depression that Hazel didn’t have to deal with. And Elizabeth had suffered much more egregiously than Hazel ever had, and that exacerbated whatever tendency Elizabeth had toward depression, whereas Hazel was just sort of a normal southern girl. Hazel wasn’t troubled at all until the picture began to torment her years later. And she was traumatized incrementally and episodically when the picture came up, but few people knew that she was the person in it. So it was a sort of private embarrassment she suffered. With Elizabeth, it was an ongoing affliction. And it wasn’t just the picture and wasn’t just her experiences at Central, it was everything thrown together. And the affliction was just constant and unrelenting for decades.

CNN: What’s the overarching lesson to be learned from Elizabeth and Hazel? Is there one?

Margolick: I guess it’s just that even for people with good intentions - the best of intentions - it’s very hard to overcome the history of racial tension in this country, and racial misunderstanding and racial division. Because both of these people mean well. And, as I said, underneath all the tension and anger and bitterness and resentment, there still exists a great bond between them. I know there does, because whenever they talk about each other, they tear up. They miss each other. And I think that compounds the tragedy that you were talking about before

CNN: People want so badly for this story to have something like a happy ending. What does it say about America that this happy ending never materialized?

Margolick: I think it says something about American naivety that we think it should have materialized, and about American impatience over the fact that it hadn’t. This would be a much bigger story, a more newsworthy story, if it had materialized. Then Oprah would be talking about it again. And the fact that it hasn’t yet makes it less interesting to people, when that fact is, it should make it more interesting to people because it’s real.

So it’s very stirring - movies get made of unrealistic, completely implausible situations like 'The Help,' but not vexing real-world situations like this one. And that’s very sad. Revisionism is much more popular, much more marketable, than reality. You can walk out of the theater eating your popcorn and feeling happy. I wanted there to be a happy ending to this story, but I felt it wasn’t my role to stage manage a happy ending when there wasn’t. I didn’t even want to ask them to pose for a picture together. I did, but that was only at my photographer’s insistence, and only at the very end, when the book was almost completely done.

CNN: What did writing this book teach you about racism and race relations?

Margolick: It just reminded me of how complex they are, I guess, and how heavy the hand of history is on us still, and how omnipresent America’s racial legacy remains. There’s no such thing as 'post-racial,' and all these problems are still lurking. They’ve just gone a bit beneath the surface. They’re not as bad as they once were, but there’s still a long way to go. I write all my books trying to figure out the kind of person I am, how I would behave in those circumstances and these books give me a chance to ponder that.

CNN: The current generation of 15-year-olds is growing up in a more integrated society, in many ways. Do you think racial reconciliation of past and current racism will be any easier for them than it was for Elizabeth and Hazel?

Margolick: Oh, I think so. Even though the races are very much separated still, they are so much more mixed together than they were.Elizabeth told me she actually didn’t understand some of the white kids when she arrived at Central; they spoke with an accent she had never heard before. That would be inconceivable today. So things are starting from a much more advanced place, and the level of racial understanding is necessarily much, much higher, however far it still may have to go. And in a school that’s as heavily black as Central High School is now, the sort of harassment that the Little Rock Nine had to put up with would never be tolerated. It would be crazy even to attempt it.

CNN: Do you find that people of different races, ages, backgrounds react differently to the story?

Margolick: I’m not sure if I have enough of a cross-section of reactions, frankly. I think that blacks get this story more than whites do, and feel more drawn to it than whites do, in some instances. That certainly goes for some of the reviewers. But then I haven’t had any black reviewers, I’m just thinking, anecdotally. I so much want this book not to be read just by the usual white liberals. I don’t want to just round up the usual suspects for this book. I want blacks to read it too. I want white conservatives to read it, because I think that Hazel would really resonate with them. The thing that burns up some conservatives is that only liberals are [portrayed as] tolerant.

I’d like this story to be discussed on Fox as well as CNN, but I’d be satisfied with it on either. Instead of just on MSNBC.

See more iconic images at CNN Photos

CNN: Is there any other photo in American history that you’re dying to find out about?

Margolick: No, I don’t think I want to do another one of these. I think no picture better captures the racial divide in this country than this picture, and since the racial divide is such a large part of the American story, and since I’m so interested in that racial divide, there’s no other picture I want to write about. I was incredibly lucky to write about this one. I was incredibly lucky that no one had ever written about this picture.

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  1. Vincent

    I heard an extract of the audio version of this book on Elaine Charles' radio show (http://bookreportradio.com) I am amazed to see so much activity on this site. Isn't it time for everybody to get over it.

    February 21, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. bad debt

    Ohiko comment ez dut, baina izan zela bikaina mezua. cheers!

    February 9, 2012 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. playdayAccoma

    These days there's too significantly garabage written on blogs, glad to see your blog has kept it's integrety. Thanks

    February 8, 2012 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brandon

    I would die if I was the white lady. To have that picture haunting you for the rest of her life. I hope they are happy. And I cant wait for the day when generations upon generations look back at us and say : WHAT THE HELL WAS WAS WRONG WITH AMERICA?

    January 4, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. David Blanding

    Great interview. Since I first saw this picture, I've always wanted to know what has happened to those two women. I think I will purchase the book, and perhaps write a review about it, if only to help diversify the perspectives on the book, as Margolick would like. In the meantime, it's worth noting that this picture has in fact been written about before: Dorothy Sterling and Donald Gross' 1958 book, "Tender Warriors," includes some commentary on this photo, as well as other photos featuring children involved in Civil Rights Movement protests and counterprotests. That book is now out of print, but I would recommend that folks interested in this story pick it up from a library if possible; I imagine "Tender Warriors" would make a nice a bookend to "Elizabeth and Hazel."

    January 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. stuart

    Most people just assume that blacks dominate when it comes to social security, section 8 and the likes but please do your research before you attack. Please read the parable that Jesus told about being wise (Luke 14:31-33) also take a look at this link; http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1077/is_n2_v48/ai_12970819/ It will surprise you. Blacks only make up a little over 12% of the population and use just over 9% of social security whereas whites who are 74+% of the population are the recipients of 88% of welfare checks. So do that math there are approximately 35.4 million checks issues for retirement and the rest. Please stop throwing stones if you live in glass houses. Just because you see or think you see a black receiving benefits look around because for every 1 black you see there are 8.5 whites.

    January 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keven

    I think in today´s world what effects us more is not so much "Racist" ideas, but the different economic, cultural and educational groups we are raised in. Do I care about the ethnicity, color of their skin of my neighbor? Not in the least. Do I care if a house next to mine has been rented via "section 8 voucher" to poor family who haven´t the time or the interest to educate their children correctly? Yes. I have a problem with that.

    December 31, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Aud

      I understand what you're saying; however, what do you mean by "correctly?"

      December 31, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Keven

        Interesting word choice, i.e. “correctly". Let me try to clarify without sounding like a pompous fool. I do not presume that anyone who is poor or on government assistance would have neither the time nor the interest to raise their children "correctly" (with a good moral foundation based on respect of others). My original post was meant to those who CHOOSE a life that is destined to keep them and any children they may produce, down, a life without direction, a life without respect of others, a life driven by a "what’s in it for me" mentality. I think of violent thugs who will put much planning into how to rob someone who is weaker, but never the same energy into something positive.

        December 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ten

    She looks like rachel maddow.

    December 28, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • thepoweroflove


      The article states the picture was taken in 1997 and she saw it in 1999, well that 1997 should be 1957 !!!!!!!

      Hate hurts everyone. Experience the power of Love. Let's create a more enlightened world for today's children and the yet unborn. Wishing for peace, love and goodwill toward humankind.

      December 29, 2011 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. marc

    Wow...look at the hate in that white cave beast eyes you can hear the N-word vomiting out of her filthy hole of a mouth just by looking at the picture.The sickest thing is that all of the people in that picture who thought that it was right to treat someone like that due to their skin tone would call themselves Christians. I'm sure they're burning right now.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ten

      Some of the people walking with her are supporters.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sannate

    What makes you think either one would have you?

    December 28, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  11. SuperVal

    I think this is a great piece meant to get people stirred up. The picture and tag line are somewhat misleading, but I've seen videos and pictures before, and I can say, that would have been a tough walk for highschool kids to make at that time and place, I would have been terrified if I were one of them. They, and their supporters, were very brave people.

    The problem with racism today is that open, blunt racism is very rarely seen in public. Today most racism is not so much a matter of hating like it was in the old days, I would suggest that the more problematic issue is one of stereotyping. You see a muslim boarding your plane, some of you will wonder if he is a possibly terrorirst. You see a black guy with baggy pants sagging down and their drawers hanging out the top walking towards you on a dark night and some of us will worry if he is going to try to rob or do worse to you. You see a white biker with paint and long hair and you assume he's some type of unsavory character or another. newsflash: Not all muslims are terrorists. Infact, you probably cant even tell if a person is muslim or not strictly by their dress here in the US. Not all black people or criminals, the vast majority of blacks in america are hard working people just trying to get by. Just cuz someone looks like they stepped out of the Sons of Anarchy set doesnt mean theay are members of a biker gang. A lot of bikers are decent folks. I know many who are executives and business leaders in the community. Its just as bad to assume that whites in the south are racist as well.

    The ability to stereotypes and group things together is as a survival tool we have due to our big brains to help keep us alive, and its a pretty good survival trait. We tend to focus on the most distinct differences and negative attributes we encounter in individuals and generalize those attributes towards larger groups who may look, talk, act the same or have similar backgrounds. But our best species survival trait is to be able to short-circuit these built in warnings and make judgements for ourselves on a situation by situation basis. And thats the challenge because its so easy to generalize things and be fine with our generalizations. The key is wanting to change.

    December 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexandra

      Right on! Agreed.

      December 27, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      You’re correct in that stereotyping is a survival trait, I disagree however that it is racism. Like legend and myth most stereotypes have a basis in fact. That is why they persist. The typical counter argument to this is to point out exceptions. Well.. exceptions do not make the rule which is what a stereotype is, a generalization. I realize it is not politically correct to state this but I believe honestly and truth to more important than creating a fiction to hide an unpopular truth. Real racism and the self imposed victimhood (of today) will persist until we stop codling everyone with PC garbage.

      December 28, 2011 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
      • Sannate

        Finally, an honest man! Thank you!!!

        December 28, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
      • Dion Green

        although that may be seen as tru in some circles, i think that it is thoughts like that that continue the issue of racism in america today. the fact that people claim that "parts of stereotypes are true" is absolutely ridiculous. and to simply say that there are "exceptions" is utterly ridiculous. the fact of the matter is racsim creates a divide based on beliefs that are completly baseless. now the fact that one race may be feared due to its people being loud, aggressive, a tendency for crime and violence etc etc is NOT owned by just one race. and that is a fact that no one can deny, no matter there beliefs on stereotypes. so despite all of that, racism is not a result of political correctness.

        December 29, 2011 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        The flaw in your observation is that people are quick to stereotype other groups but far less willing to acknowledge negative traits in their own group. Thus southern whites invariably reject the plain truth that their ancestors were notorious theives having prospered by stealing the labor of blacks held as slaves for hundreds of years, but they will quite willingly stereotype black people as thieves. Thisvis nothing but hypocrisy.

        Also, it is a fact that there are bad actors in every group, so the notion that generalizing negative traits to all members of a group is just a recognition of unpleasant facts is simply not true. Look at drug use in the US. A sizable proportion of whites will insist that drig dealers are almost all black, notwithstanding that every credible study has found that the majority of drug dealers and users are white and that whites use illegal drugs at a higher rate than blacks. We know that blacks are treated more harshly at every level of the criminal justice system than similarly situated whites, yet a majority of whites point at the wildly unequal outcomes as justification for their racial biases.

        December 30, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. flyboi

    When I look at some of the dumb responses to this aricle I think to myself "Lord, I can't wait for your second coming to wipe us all out with our ingorant selves.....Amen." How could something as grand and loving as God create some of you people....you all are pathetic and miss the point EVERY SINGLE TIME. It was a story about how racism affected two players on both sides of the fence and the book that told their story and yet there's people debating that because this ONE SHOT caught one person specifically in mid-yell, that the author is over-embellishing by saying "guantlet of angry white people" ..So the videos and archives of groves of white people hanging, burning and spraying blacks with firehoses and spitting on black children going to school isn't enough......with videos like that, who needs to "embellish" anything?!

    December 27, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHE

      Amen! You're preaching to the choir.
      Let the TRUTH be told, Sons and Daughters of Satan Lucifer CAN'T stand and face the TRUTH of their evil pasts. To them it never existed or if it existed at all; they were very minute and needed to be swept under their filthy trailer park carpets and pretend it never happened. Somehow they forgot that somewhere in their trailer park Bible it is written: By their EVIL DEEDS; ye (meaning; we normal people and the World at large) shall know them. These are the same people who have now manifested themselves into Evil delusional GOPers and Racist Teaparty Lucifers. They’re the same evil cobras with different heads. They can’t FOOL anyone or the World at large. We will fight them to the hilt for a better and a peaceful World …………period!

      December 27, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ravensun

    Until we stop thinking of black, white, yellow, or red-pigmented skin as different "races," we are doomed to this B.S.. Just listen to yourselves.

    Dogs and CATS are different races.

    I am a human. I happen to be of western European (very mixed) ancestry – especially when you consider English -AND- Irish in that mix. I could not give a rat's fat behind what color someone's skin is unless I'm trying to shoot a portrait; then, and only then, I pay attention – so I can set my lights properly to get the best exposure.

    -ISMs need to go rot. All of them. "Racism" does go both ways, and denying it does is in itself racist.

    December 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sannate

      Dogs and cats are different species, not races.

      December 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. micky

    OBAMA 2012!!

    December 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alice

    Ok so I haven't gotten past the first sentence and it already doesn't look good:
    "..the photo shows her walking a gauntlet of shouting, taunting white students and adults."

    Um.. is it just me or does it look like there is ONE sneering white women and the rest of the crowd (even the ones in the far back) look like they couldn't care less and are just going about their business?
    What a bias assessment CNN.

    December 27, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Oscar Wilde

      You're so right; it's not a politically correct story unless the blacks are portrayed as victims and whites as evil oppressors. The daily news is filled with reports of black crime and violence. I wonder what their ancestors, who fought so hard for equality, would think of their behavior today? I believe they'd think they squandered all the opportunities that were gained. But that wouldn't be politically correct, either; blacks are never allowed to make comments perceived as negative or chastising the blacks in this country. So what's the answer???

      December 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dion Green

        "filled with black crime and violence". and sensical person can tell that the news it not filled with only the crimes of black citizens. this is again the issue the article is trying to bring up. the fact that many people have views that seperate us based on race and yet thos same people claim to not have racial issues. believe me, crime is not simply a white/black problem.

        December 29, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • fred

      I thought exactly the same thing. there is only ONE mouth open. Some of the walkers are even smiling. Doesn't look like a threatening crowd to me. And the black girl doesn't looks scared or upset either. CNN makes a mountain out of a molehill again. How do you know that the white girl is even talking to the black girl? More media hype gone wild, this time from the 1950s.

      December 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Rob

        The video footage clearly shows many whites shouting and screaming at her. Wishing does not alter what actually happened.

        December 30, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc


      December 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick

      A well forgotten fact of the civil rights movement is that whites were THE major player. Without the support of whites this movement would have gone nowhere. Yet it is seen as a black victory over whites. I’m sorry my black friends you did not “win” anything. You were given something. Sadly most of them have wasted it.

      December 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dion Green

        another major aspect frgotten about the civil rights movement is that it was not just about blacks. it was for EVERYperson of color as well as the huge amount of poor whites. so the fact that you still believe that this was something "given" by white people is exactly why racism is still an issue.

        December 29, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • John Schwendler

      If this picture is your first exposure to the story of the Little Rock Nine, then you are correct in your picture assessment. The folks do look rather calm. However, in reality, it was an angry mob of whites outside that school that these nine brave souls walked past daily. It took U.S. Army soldiers, armed to the teeth, to guarantee their safety. This picture's intent is to show one person's vitrolic anger at another. A wider-scope picture would display an entirely different scene, one charged with extreme hate.

      December 31, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jona

    CNN you are PATHETIC. Why no stories about the Nike stabbings and the riot at the Mall of America. Tell it like it IS CNN.. not like it was. You are liars, and devout racists. Thanks to the fact that you aren't the only news service around we can get THE REST OF THE STORY elsewhere.

    December 27, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • micky

      Having a bad day huh? Thanks for sharing! NOT

      December 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      because they are not analagous. look it up. if you can.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reggie from LA

      Ya just can't stand it can ya? Ugly history. Some redemption.
      What the he11 are you anyway? Some kind of...there's no words.
      Why don't you do your reading someplace else.
      A complete waste of electronic print. I guess you need to be in charge at cnn so you can have it your way.

      December 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Katie

    Um, racism is everywhere, not just in the South. Also, there are just as many blacks hating whites... Until the truth is spoken, and people get real with their feelings and beliefs, there will always be this underlying tension between breeds: black, white, hispanic, asian, etc....

    December 27, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Taioseach

      And do you think there might be a reason why there are blacks that really don't care for whites?!

      Look at the photo genius! And if that isn't enough, go to withoutsanctuary.org

      Whites in America have earned their share of scorn and if half of you knew how minorities spoke of you amongst themselves you would never leave the house.

      The arrogance of Caucasian America is beyond the beyond. Let you in on a little secret that your European cousins have been well aware of for the better part of two centuries. People of color make up the majority of the people on the globe

      December 27, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • fred

        Sadly, you don't know history. Blacks were never intended to be equal to whites in America. The slave owners, buyers and traders never intended them to be free and equal Americans with whites. I am not debating what is right or wrong, I am just stating a fact of history. When the Civil Rights movement started, most people inAmerica did not support it in the least. White people feared for their lives that the blacks would be allowed to take over the country and change the way whites lived. In effect, that is what resulted from the Civil Rights era. With that in mind, you can better understand why the whites in the photo may have been upset about the black girl being allowed into their white-only school. Wake up and smell the history.

        December 27, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHE

      @Katie, what side of your brain is still active?
      For the Record: Racism and Hate started or originated with WHITE folks. What part of this recorded history by your own forefathers don't you understand? Whew, what a moron! Some people.
      You expect Blacks or victims of racism to crawl on their knees if they see one brewing? We will STOP it before it becomes a tsunami or hurricane. Grow your brain than allowing Glen Beck and Racist Faux News to provide the fertilizer. You reap what you sow!
      Job 4:8 in the Old Testament puts it this way: ….. . . they that plow iniquity, hate and sow wickedness, reap the same.”
      Also: He that planteth thorns shall not gather roses. You expect brothers to shower yee with roses? Take it from me. In your dreams; it won’t happen!

      December 27, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sannate

        Your posts are painful to read. Did you even make it through the fifth grade?

        December 28, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Reggie from LA

      Why don't you "enlighten" the ignorant of us Katie?
      Why don't you tell us what a "breed" is?

      December 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Krean

    This story made me sad, especially for Elizabeth. It's almost like the experience killed something inside of her...

    December 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leeroy

      It seems that sometimes, even heroic people like Elizabeth, can't stop second guessing what they "would of, should of, could of" done. Elizabeth did great! And it sounds like Hazel learned a little about the need for us to forgive and forget . . . and move on. 🙂

      December 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Amber

    This story made me sad, especially for Elizabeth. It's almost like the experience killed her on the inside...

    December 26, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Leeroy

    We be voating for Romney! 🙂

    December 26, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leeroy

      @ PalinTwit: And what exactly is Obama doing for us? Oh yeah . . . worst economy since the depression. Well, I'm all ears. Who do you recommend?

      December 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Psychologist

    I am friends with the daughter of Minnie Jean-Brown who was expelled from Central High as part of the Little Rock Nine. Unfortunately, it is very true, and Elizabeth is very withdrawn. I hope wounds continue to heal, and that this will be one massive learning experiment for all of us.

    December 26, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leeroy

      It's unfortunate when people allow a tramatic experience/s to define their lives. I'm seeing this with my fellow service members returning from Iraq. Some clearly had issues before we went. Others . . . 🙁 I hope she will pull out of it some day.

      December 26, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  22. David

    Go to any small town in the southern U.S. and you will see things have not changed at all with white folks.

    December 26, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tired

      I am tired of hearing "in the south". It's not just in the South. Racism can be found anywhere if look for it. I have lived all over and find other parts of the country to be just as racist as the south.

      December 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • David

        In my opinion its more overt and virulent in the South.

        December 26, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • Xairesephos

        I live in the south as well, and racism is entrenched at a casual level in this section. Yes, you'll find racism anywhere, indeed the worst racist rant I ever heard was in Connecticut, but it's disingenuous to claim that racism is alike throughout the country. Colorado or Mississippi? Hawaii or Louisiana? With all due respect to the later two states in those examples, their civil rights records leave much to be desired in comparison to the other two. When all is said and done, the South at least confronts racism in ways that the rest of the nation cannot, and does not, largely owing to regional history, but also due to longstanding demographics.

        December 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • micky

      David I am white and I agree with you! Just about any town outside of the larger few cities in Texas, you can still find the hate! But its the same with Latins, Gays, Chinese, etc, or anyone who is different than them! Its just plane old HATE! Nothing more, nothing less! I think in the south, the conservative Christians are the worse!

      December 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  23. So.....

    "They were seen as racists, when all they did when the black children at Central were being harassed and humiliated, was look the other way. " #isthisBTCHcrazy?

    December 26, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      I think she was trying to show that the other white kids didn't see themselves as racist. And they may not had been. Maybe they were just cowards and afraid to stand up to the other kids. White people who defended black people against racists were treated badly. Fear worked well for the KKK as it does for any other bully.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Taioseach

        A lot of good people did nothing in Nazi Germany too. And before anyone starts in on my "Holocaust" comparison, blacks all over the U.S. were being lynched and burned and well before and after 1936.

        I'm not minimizing the Holocaust, but what do numbers matter when innocent people were murdered over ideology.

        December 27, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patrick

        The Holocaust was the genocide of approximately six million European Jews and millions of others. Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds perished in an attempt to completely eradicate a race.

        Yea, same thing…. Idiot.

        December 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • SuperVal

      I can understand someone who has the conviction to stand up for something they believe in, even if in my opinion what they believe in is bs like racism. What I cant comply with is someone looking the other way or turning thier backs on someone who needs help. That's just cowardice.

      December 27, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  24. So.....

    Hazel is UGLY both inside & out!!

    December 26, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      It makes you wonder what hr parents were like.

      December 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  25. MO

    Sometimes I thank God for that place called HELL. It is such hope to know that in the last day, the sheep shall be separated from the goats, the Son of God from the sons of Satan. How will a man love God who he hasn't seen if he cant love his fellow man who he has seen. But again, if we pretend there is no God, then it is easier to accommodate this thing called pride. People send themselves to hell, a place prepared for Satan and his team of demons and men given to his possession. Before long, we shall all find out what eternal damnation and eternal life means. The wound of racism on black folks last for generations. They are not merely eradicated by wealth, it is a wound in the soul not of flesh. It is the place for black folks to FORGIVE lest they also end up in damnation from their unforgiveness. God bless

    December 26, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • V.R.

      Take you and your post(s) to the Belief section of CNN. Hell is not a relevant topic here, so move on before a belief brawl breaks out on this article amidst all the constructive conversations.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
      • MO

        Racism is a SIN ! and it must me routed out like any other evil where ever you encounter it, be it on a bus or here. I know you probably think you are just fine because you don't rob banks and you haven't killed anybody. I am condemning hate as a sin straight from the thrones of hell. It's solution does not come from the wisdom of man but from the creator. I am not apologizing for anything and if you like you can curse God and die this day ! not tomorrow but this day !

        December 26, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sabina

      Please, take your religious crap somewhere else. I, for one, would like to be able to read a non-religious article and the comments without having to suffer through these kinds of rants. Aren't there religious websites you can go to to do this without disturbing others? !

      December 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carmen

        So you want a censored comment section?

        December 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • Leeroy

        Have you not heard of freedom of speech? Some of us believe there are religious roots at the base of everything we think, say and and do. So, chill.

        December 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peter

        It doesn't get any more religious than this. This young girl sinned against her neighbor in front of the whole country, bringing misery and shame to both of their lives. And what do you say? Gag religious talk? Yeah, you're a big help.
        If Hazel would have loved her school mate half as much as she loved her cat or dog, or maybe even her pretty shoes, it would have been better for both of them.

        December 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Carmen

      Ahh i see the soulless censors are out enforce today. MO there is nothing in the forum conduct policy that states that you can not bring up religion or post about religion. It is obvious that any mention of religion seems to be too much for their gentle sensibilities. Perhaps they should consider moving to China or North Korea

      December 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • micky

      Fool! you live in hell as it is! The is no other fairy land!

      December 27, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. saltine

    All i have to say about this article is that the same system of intollerence, hatred, and ignorence, that racist white americans have set up for black americans, is the SAME system of intollerence, hatred, and ignorance based on skin color is the system they will find themselves rotting in when it's all said and done. One day blacks will overcome our Willie Lynch existance.

    December 26, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • wackomama

      @ Saltine: and by calling yourself "saltine" you are truly helping things. It's a two way screet homey!

      December 26, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • saltine

        I can choose whatever name I want...dont like it??? like the saying goes..."it's no fun when the rabbit gets the gun"

        December 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • V.R.

      Who is to say that only white Americans are racist? That in itself is a racist statement. You'll find that proof-reading your comment before posting can have it's benefits.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
      • saltine

        I said racist white americans..i didn't say that all whites in america are racist, the non racist whites in this country suffer because of the racist whites, that is my point, but if you want to lump yourself with racist white americans..go right ahead...i'm not stoping you...idiot

        December 26, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
      • V.R.

        @saltine I'm referring to your sentence structure of "racist white Americans" instead of just "racist Americans." There is a problem with stereotyping "white" Americans as being the racist ones, meaning if any Americans are racist you are implying they are white in skin. This leaves out asians, hispanics, etc.

        December 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • So.....

      wackomama/ casey a. go back into hiding, fool.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • saltine

      @ V.R so what are you saying? that black americans written and approved Jim crow Laws???get real!!! RACIST whites did that..are you saying that black americans written and approved housing and financial discrimination laws, and racial profiling laws??? GET REAL..you ignorence is offensive to ALL americans.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
      • saltine

        I tell you what V.R. when blacks start blasting whites with high pressured firehoses, attacking them with german shepard dogs and nighsticks upside the head , telling them where to eat, drink, or take a leak BY LAW you will win this arguement...till then you're just another sorry white guy in denial.

        December 26, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • V.R.

        @saltine Now you have resorted to calling me names, which is one reaction to realizing one's mistakes in phrasing, I suppose. I am obviously not ignorant on the topic of racism and discrimination, so I will try to explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you: Stereotyping Americans that are racist as "white" Americans is offensive and racist in itself. It implies that all other races of Americans are completely tolerant of all other races, no exceptions. It's like saying that there is no gold in China: You'd have to look under every rock and tree and square inch of property in and on China to prove it. But when you see a old man in China yawn with his gold tooth showing, you'd be proven wrong. Not only white Americans are racist, simpleton.

        December 26, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • saltine

        @V.R What does the price of rice in china have to do with racial discrimination laws in america between whites and blacks that this article adresses????..don't devert white racism in america to somewhere else...it's pointless, and so is your arguement..have a nice day

        December 26, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • non-white/black/whatever non-racist

        @V.R. I believe the mistake here was initially perpetrated by you. If 'saltine' had meant that all white Americans were racist, I believe he would have stated so explicitly. As for name-calling, you can't really take the moral high ground here when you yourself brand him as a simpleton. Perhaps I should make an attempt at helping YOU to understand the statements that saltine had made, or maybe you could take that ego of yours that's apparently affecting your sensibilities and set it aside. OK here goes: there were no stereotypes stated regarding white Americans as racist. The Americans that passed the Jim Crow laws WERE racist AND white. The brutality against black Americans was absolutely from racist sentiment, there's just no way around that. What's offensive here is you implicating yourself when saltine was merely expounding on historic fact. Racism exists among all races and no one is going to argue that. But you should also recognize that sometimes its better to admit that you're wrong, as in, you misinterpreted the initial comment.

        December 26, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • LoveYaAll

        I am so saddened to read the comments that prove racism is still alive and thriving. I hated it as a child when my family was racist... I couldn't understand why they hated blacks and hispanics and I still can't. We are all people – humans. However I see many people forget that and don't act human. We should all have respect for other people. I hate racism regardless of the race of the person that is racist. I wish people could see that racism is the issue – not the color of skin or nationality. I am sorry that the blacks were given different laws and treatd terribly and even killed. But I am also sorry that there are people that are still treated as lower than others. It angers me that some still treat others as inferior – not just based on race but on gender as well. Please have a heart.

        December 27, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  27. peacefuldrummer

    ladies, I hope that you both have some peace in your lives and know that there are a lot of people who are routing for both of you to have happy lives.

    December 26, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  28. tp1776

    It's only a small step, in my opinion, from this picture to the 'birther' movement.

    December 26, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  29. Yohannon

    I like this story because it keeps to the forfront the nightmare history of this country that still is effident.. While the policy of this nation is police the rest of the world(so called democracy or NEW WORLD ORDER), the past/present of this nation is the worst in the history of the world. Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 26, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Quick Response

      Many people on this blog have opinions...hmmmmm opinions that you are able to voice. This means that you live in a free society thanks to social changes in the United States. So, consider yourself lucky! If you are able to vote, make a living with out having to be under a brutal dictatorship consider yourself lucky! True this country is not perfect and racism is very much alive in various places. Heck we all have a little racism in ourselves. But we have amount numerous of people in society that are doing great things who are from various backgrounds that are successful you don't hear about everyday. These people may work behind the scenes for the government, they may work in a corporate office, they may do something significant you DO NOT know about! If it were not for the abolitionsits, civil rights protestors, and leaders that stood up for this country half of us would not be where we are. Oh yeah, if you're a person of color consider yourself grateful because you can sit anywhere you want in an eating establishment or any other place that was off limits no more than 50 years ago. Before you post something dumb think about what your saying to the world! Signed Quick Response!

      December 26, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • bob

        so what color are you? you refer to others as coloureds. are you trying to say you are colourless?

        December 26, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Carmen

        So you are saying that we are lucky that we have the same rights that Whites in this country have always had. Isn't it interesting when you can really get a glimpse of what is going on in someone's head?

        December 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bukoo

      You are correct Yohannon, it could not have been said better!

      December 26, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  30. jusme101

    get over it all ready... get a life and move on...

    December 26, 2011 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • jus-shut-up

      really?? Just get over it like the holocaust? Let's be real you low-brow trailer cowboy, if someone did this to your family, I'm sure you'd be screaming bloody murder. The reality is that you you have no empathy, understanding or insight. If I came and lynched your mother and hurled abuses at you, how would you feel if I told you to just get over it?

      December 26, 2011 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Mi Poo


        December 26, 2011 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
      • Bukoo

        Amen, the next time someone tell you to just get over it, just direct them to the book by James Allen called "Without Sanctuary". The photos in the book will say it all. Then ask them if they would be able to get over it. I always have the book handy to show what was done to black people. I'm happy we have the pictures to prove it. They constantly want to tell you about the Holocaust but they don't acknowledge the suffering of millions of black people at their hands which was long before their holocaust. Just show them the pictures. You have to shame them into shutting up.

        December 26, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Patrick

        Indeed get over it.
        Whites today are not more responsible for the Jim Crow laws than they are of slavery itself. And to compare the history of blacks in America to the Holocaust is a pathetic and emotional attempt to justify your self imposed victimhood. You show how little you know of both histories.

        December 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Silly person you

      December 26, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Rio78

      Should we just get over9/11? Should we just get over the Holocaust?

      December 26, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
      • czerendipity

        Yes. Learn from it and move on.

        December 26, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • V.R.

      Either you are ignorant about the topic of racism or incredibly insensitive. In any case, you are in dire need of intolerance education.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      That isn't the sort of thing people "get over" and telling them to do so only reopens those wounds. Time heals all wounds and this is a very, very big wound.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • skpfrmdc

        Also time wounds all heels so let them get over it when the chickens come home to roost.

        December 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Zoundsman

    If you live or have grown up in a neighborhood and there is a gang of thugs of a certain race (ethnicity) other than your own, you mat be predisposed to fear and be negative about them. Add reinforcement by your peers, and you've got
    a pilot light for hatred. This is across the board: Blacks fear a Black Gang (Crips, etc.) and Whites fear a Skin Head gang. So, being rational about it, yes, people are people and shetty people are shetty people. Love all un-shetty people of any race and don't pre judge too quickly. You can find negatives in anyone if that's your stupid hangup.

    December 25, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  32. jusme101

    and people still live amongst their own... people are people, no matter what you force on them...

    December 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      Lord someone needs to pray for you.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  33. JustSaying2U

    I love asking so-called Christians, how will they handle it when Jesus comes back as a black man? Of course, they never believe that possibility, until I remind them that what he started out as.

    December 25, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Booger McCoy

      The Bible clearly describes what Christ will look like when He returns, and He is neither white, nor black, or any other race. So, nice try on your 5th grade psychology test, but no cigar.

      December 26, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
      • skpfrmdc

        bible written by people like you booger. looking to impress with minimum skills. Common sense will tell you how could they know, therefore you're even less convincing.

        December 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • sarah

      I think that would be pretty cool... and sad! Man... I wanted to see humanity turn out better.

      December 26, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • sarah

        as in, Star Trek better. 😀

        December 26, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Gregory

    The longest road in the world is the 27,197 miles Pan Pacific Highway - but is pales to length of the journey for human's ability to accept each an everyone of us for our being equal and different partners on this shared spinning ball called "Earth" in our universe. This photo is over 50 years old - the hate has grown deeper. Today we have fanatical religious groups fomenting hate for anyone who is either different or prays a different way. It used to be - they said it to your face, now they cower in their groups and plot behind your back. Soon to be 2012 and you'd think we as humans would be so much more accepting, tolerant and forgiving.

    December 25, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  35. checkyofacts

    Is that Archie Bunker on the far left of the picture?
    "Hey there, meat head".

    December 25, 2011 at 3:26 am | Report abuse |
    • CHE

      Looks like so!
      And the woman in front of him is a vicious white woman POSSESSED by the Satan Lucifer the Son of the Living God (Jesus) warned us about.

      On his (Jesus) Sermon on The Mount, the Son of the Living God said (Matt 5: 3, 5, 10):
      1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.
      2. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the Earth.
      3. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness sake, for theirs is the God.

      All that young Elizabeth Eckford is asking for, is her Birth Right to be Educated like everyone else.................. period! And nothing else! Is this toooooo much to ask for as a human being in America? Heck Noooooooooooooooo!
      The only people who have problem with her basic wishes are the sons and daughters of the living Satan Lucifer.

      December 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pants987987

        That was a really weird post, Che.

        December 26, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
      • Sabina

        CHE, I hope you get the help you so desperately need.

        December 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • CHE

        Sabina and Pants987987; glad to make your Satanic Horns become tight on your Satanic Evil Skulls.
        I bet your Satanic Evil Eyes have also been set on fire as well just like your evil master, Satan Lucifer.

        December 27, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  36. bfskinnerpunk

    The good news is that the rednecks (depicted in this article) are no longer the problem.... and haven't been in a looooong time. The bad news is that black folks are in worse shape than ever. Black males are more likely to be murdered, more likely to reject education, reject their children, reject their women than ever before. It is a full on implosion that outdoes even the most extreme fantasy of the most evil of Klansmen. So, the good news is that racism is no longer your biggest problem... it is barely on the radar, in fact.

    December 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • wujasay

      Racism still exhist. Now adays it's just taboo to be up front about it.

      December 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ann

        That's true

        December 26, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • stonesrule

      God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.
      J. G. Holland

      December 26, 2011 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
    • cleo


      Racism is not a problem?

      I'm white and I don't even buy that.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • czerendipity

      Silly, silly person. Racism is still very much an issue, I know several of them and it makes me sick to hear them talk.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
      • TRUTH


        December 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • sarah

        It is a problem. Just like in this article, its the few that kick up the problems and others who wear a blindfold. Though the difference is, racists are the ones who have to be careful who they talk to.

        December 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      This is what happens when you try to live white. Civil rights were not the problem, intergration with out preparedness was and still is. Check out how your sons and daughters dress and behave.

      December 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  37. t3chsupport

    This is a good lesson. Should be, anyway. The lesson is that you should be careful of what you say, because it might just come back to haunt you for the rest of your life. You have the right to free speech, but the right of free speech and press and thought and all else also belongs to others, who have the freedom to make sure you don't forget it. Hazel is an icon for being on the wrong side of civil rights, and that's going to be what the world remembers her for, if they choose to remember her at all.

    December 24, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. davidr

    Just because civil rights legislation is introduced from time to time, it doesn't mean that racism just disappears. You can't legislate racism out of people's minds. The fact that the Emancipation Proclamation, the Civil Rights Act etc. exist at all is because they were necessary, and to me that stands as proof that all men are definitely not created equal. The one who hates and the one who is discriminated against are both victims of the poison of racism.

    December 24, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • bfskinnerpunk

      People will dislike other people for stupid reasons forever. This can not be legislated away. We need to accept that people will be like this and not decide that every foul, offensive word is a sign that racism is the big problem. It isn't. Granted, people worry about being sued for "racism" or being accused of it... and this breeds a kind of contempt... and the violence within minority communities is shocking.... but most people are utterly apathetic about your color or religion or weight. Be civil and everyone is happy to have you around.

      December 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pam

        Racism is a big problem because it leads to hate !!!!!!!

        December 26, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      OMG call it what you will it's still Racism and it's Wrong !

      December 26, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  39. obamainator

    Thanks to CNN for pushing the idea that people are defined by thier skin color. If a conservative ever uttered those words he would be trashed by your unbiased news organization. How is it that CNN devotes a space to the idea that you are different because you are black and that this is a negative thing to be? It seems kind of racist actually...

    December 24, 2011 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  40. Jim Cronnne

    CNN will let you write whatever you want as long as its anti-white, were a victim BS. Try and call anyone out with the turth and suddenlty you have been choosen to be reviewed by a monerator. What a joke, Free speech huh.,.. GET RID OF AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OR STOP YOUR CRYING. NO ONE CARES, STOP BEING VITCIMS, I DIDNT ENSLAVE OR DISCRIMINATE ANYONE AND DONT CARE , MOVE ON

    December 24, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
    • CHE

      Son of SATAN the Lucifer, Jim Cronnne are your demons making you restless even to the day? Hang your EVIL self so that the World will be a better place without you for the sons and daughters of the Living God.
      Answer is this question is your FAKE Jesus Christ Colored or White? You Evil Devilish Soul, thank God you're being eaten alive from within by stinky maggots infestations.
      Hehehehehehehehehe! Drop dead and eat your Satan possessed heart out. You father, Lucifer awaits you in HELL.

      December 24, 2011 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
      • t3chsupport

        Oh my...

        December 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Double d

      Yes but I'll bet you would if you could

      December 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      You crazy person amnd look at your name look kind of like Jim Crow Lol !!

      December 26, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  41. Jim Cronnne

    Love how Cnn censors the truth, you guys are a joke

    December 24, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • CHE

      Son of SATAN the Lucifer, Jim Cronnne the TRUTH hurts down to your EVIL soul and your Devil possessed heart. The Pix in the article speaks for itself and not twisted by your crazy Faux News Media. The said Pix was photo-shop by CNN .............. Right? The World at large is bearing witness to the great SINS of thy fathers. Live and Deal with it like the Satan you're! By their DEEDS ye shall know them; sayth the Lord. Heheheheeeeeeeee!

      December 24, 2011 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ground Zero

      CNN is a privatly owned company.
      You are on "thier" website.
      They have every right to censor your venom and hate.

      I just love that they have a "report abuse" button.
      You can always go post your garbage at fox, they love this stuff.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Ground Zero

      No Jim, most people posting here just feel sad
      that people like you still exhist.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      All I can say is Jim Crow if you now what I mean Lol!

      December 26, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      C U L8R......not.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  42. fq

    with all the outrage on this board there should be a lot more whities living in the ghettos with their people 🙂

    December 23, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Judy75201

    I wonder what is meant by "the pain and guilt each of them felt.". Seems to me that elizabeth had the pain and hazel the guilt... What an ugly ugly photo and person (hazel).

    December 23, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • MO

      It is a cheap attempt to rationalize the ugliness seen here by pinning some blame on the defenseless black girl. An attempt to make some folks feel like it was two evils. We all know the truth though and that's what matters.

      December 26, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  44. Noe

    I hate racist. Good thing most of these people in this photo are dead. Lets hope the hatred ended at their graves, and didn't pass on to the next generation.

    December 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ten

      the occupy people are picking up the hatred.

      December 23, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • CHE

        @ten, they (a.k.a OWS) are exercising their Birth Rights just as Jesus Christ occupied a Temple with a whip to reclaim the Temple for the Lord God. Do you even read your Bible you "ten" year old?
        Question; are you still sucking your thump even at ten-yrs. old? Your maturity is still and very limited as evident here. You have an IQ of a pig. Seek some Education and whilst you're at it; enroll in the nearest Sunday school. You are primitive and intellectually backward for real. Not only that; you’re light years behind normal human growth.

        December 24, 2011 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  45. cacique

    The hatred displayed by that woman's face is the kind that never goes away. It is hatred that is passed through to the sons and daughters, or children of similar families. The same way that it was passed on to her: at the dinner table, in the living room and out in the yard during family gatherings.
    The only way to stop it is to make a personal inventory of our deepest feelings to attempt changing them one by one.
    I believe hatred is a very destructive feeling that actually works as a double-edged sword.

    December 23, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ann

      That's so true

      December 26, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  46. Vumba

    Oh boy, here it comes, here it comes, all those liberal feel good statements, "I wonder if that white girl is embarrassed", "I wonder if the white people feel good about themselves", "I wonder why the government hasn't done enough for the black community..." And then all the experts about 'race' relations, you know, how a white person treats a black person, those race relations. Of course someone will shout 'racist', and a few libs and maybe a racist black will start chipping away at what I say and pretend that they feel sorry for me and pray for me and all that good stuff because a person doesn't toe the liberal feel good lines. Did you read the article, only 20% of the whites did anything, the others looked the other way but there were many whites who helped as well, lest we forget. This pales with the statistic today that 14% of the population, that's right...commits 50% of the crimes (here it comes, here it comes, some obscure FBI report from say 2008 saying only 10%, and whites do more of this and that...On and on). Heck, today another story in the paper about three bro's tried to shoot a white guy for a gold necklace! Whoa. Surprisingly they showed their faces in the paper. Usually they won't do that, why, because the liberals squirm in their sits while reading the paper, eating their toast and drinking their orange juice. Instead now they just print their names, wink, wink, we ALL know those names. What's my point? Stop beating your chest and talking about the past in terms that make you feel like your helping the race problem. The reality is that TODAY, not yesterday, is far worse (thanks affirmative action, liberal press) for many people based on race. I just wish MLK was here to give his opinion of today's society not these self-righteous race haters disguised as righteous, loving people.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      Did you actually read the article?

      December 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • disappointed in you

      You really think that race issues are "FAR WORSE" today than ever? Granted there are problems, but far worse is just an overstatement. "Affirmative action" and "liberal media" are more damaging that slavery, segregation, withholding of rights like the right to vote? The most damaging racism in this country comes in statements like your trash. Yes, the ratio of black americans committing crimes is high, but a lot of this has to do with the poverty that stems from an unlevel playing field. You're probably some middle-aged white guy in some small town where there's nothing but other middle-aged white guys afraid of anything new or unfamiliar. Your kind will wither and die and the world will be better off.

      December 24, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • bfskinnerpunk

        "Race issues" could be said to be worse today, as a matter of fact. If you are a black male, you are far more likely to be murdered than at any time in history... even more than during the peak years of lynching. You are more likely to neglect education, your women, and your children... it is an utter collapse that would make a Klansman blush. That's the bad news. The good news, I guess, is that the blue eye'd devil is no longer your biggest problem.

        December 24, 2011 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • wujasay

        blue eyed devils still control the vast majority of wealth in this country...this is where poverty comes in. Dont blame affirmative action blame the laws that prevented blacks from establishing businesses before it.

        December 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      A little knowledge is a dangerous thing and you sir or madam have VERY little.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Anthony

    I've seen video footage of this actual incident, on the history channel I believe. I've always wondered how this young woman felt about what she was yelling. Now I know. A good lesson for everyone.

    December 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  48. DSBsky

    And now little rock is home to some of the worst gangs in the world.. The whole place is just garbage..

    December 23, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Let_Live

      And this is due to integration?

      December 23, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • DSBsky

        Act like you don't know they have made specials specifically about how bad it is in little rock. Act like your that ignorant, please do.. It is what it is..

        December 23, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • skpfrmdc

        Absolutely! Not ready for the burden were you. Just like Luke.

        December 28, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bayou

      "the worst gangs in the world?" what are you talking about? i live in little rock and i've lived many other places and sorry sir that is blatantly incorrect! i'm sure you are referring to the film "banging in little rock" but that was in 1994. theres been a change or two since then, I'm not even from here so i'm not defending the rock , just pointing out that you are talking out of your @ss and i'm sure anyone that actually knows you is quite use to it.

      December 23, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • DSBsky

        is it due to intigration.. idk.. Was my house being robbed due to intigration? or my bikes being stolen when I was a kid in Ft lauderdale due to integration? Were the 6 black guys who jumped me and my twin brother in highschool for his jacket due to intigration? you tell me mr high and mighty.. you f'n tell me.. Was it intigration that had my mom get beat up and had her purse stolen out of her hands.. you f'n tell me.. stfu...

        December 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Denise

      Sorry to hear you've had such a tough time, DSBsky, and sorry that you feel it's a result of integration. Also sorry that your education has left you incapable of articulating your racist opinion using correct spelling – it is intEgration, sir. Better luck to you in the future. Oh, and I have to say, as a woman who has lived in both the black and white communities, and worked with at-risk kids in the inner city of Washington, DC, my experience has been completely different. Perhaps my karmic vibe is a bit different than yours.

      December 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. TRACK

    These anglos-saxons look "christian" to me! And the female directly behind her was trying to make her feel welcomed, I can feel it.
    1 Jn 4:19-20, liar, liar, pants or dresses on fire...

    December 23, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  50. Rebelamerican

    What a CROCK!

    The Feds picked on Arkansas, instead of New York or New Jersey or Pennsylvania or any of the Northern States that segregated their schools (and they did), because they knew their own supporters would have objected if the forced de-segregation had taken place in their home states.

    Imagine the outcry if Federal troops had marched on an all white school in Boston and forced them to allow black children in.

    This is an anniversary for the smug, self-righteous liberals of the Northeast, who want equality for everyone, as long as it doesn't include them.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Arch

      So the classic "other people were doing it too!!!" argument that I remember from childhood is alive and well. Good to know.

      December 23, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
    • farmerjeani

      You are right. We should all be working everywhere to make sure segregation, whether its due to race, religion or economic status is wiped out. Injustice for any reason canno stand in America or we will no longer be America.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • Denise

        Thank you for your comment. Completely concur.

        December 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      The North did not require the National Guard with rifles for months in order to desegregate.

      December 23, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • CHE

      Yeah right, blame The Fed. Gov't for your Evil Satanic upbringing and breast fed by your mother with the blood of Satan Lucifer. I bet you blame your past Evil deeds on Pres. Obama or Bo Obama. Deal with it evil one!

      December 24, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • What???

      Is there no change because we continue to look back or fail to look around. Is it because the tools for success are rusting in the classroom as the opportunity is passing before us or are we feeling sorry because of a past most young people in this country have never seen? Is the state of blacks in America the result of Blacks not taking full advantage of a tax paid education system and putting to good use the tools available? Have the successful blacks failed to share the experiences they faced on their path to success as well as what they would do differently or avoid. Like the elephant that is trained from birth to bondage even when they are able to use their strength to walk in freedom they are bound by the most powerful chain of all, the mind of a slave! Man will walk in what they believe (good or bad) is their fate, be it slave or master. Too many blacks from the south have built wealth, educations, businesses and accomplishments through hard work and determination for me to accept that we are incapable of determining our own destiny without the charity of anybody else as if we are incapable of successful thing and effort outside of entertainment and athletics! I refuse to believe that we as black people are not far better off now than under Jim and his over governing laws where I was told where I could go or not go because of something I a incapable of controlling my skin color, where I was born or my ethnic origin.

      December 26, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |

      rebalamerican, Please get your facts correct. I am a native of Little Rock and have lived with this history my entire life. The primary reason Central High was chosen to integrate is that Little Rock was one of the more progressive cities in the south at that time.

      December 27, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      time to move back to your european hell hole then. talk about completely missing the point. whites are 2% of the earth's population. clock is ticking.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  51. lamont p

    Great job on this story

    December 23, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  52. kARA

    That guy in the background in the button down V-neck is a hottie tottie.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      You sound desperate. There are plenty of sites where you can lie your way to a man, must you come here and take up space?

      December 28, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. London American

    I'm a conservative and I found this very moving. An interesting story and a good lesson for everyone. And just for everyone out there, I do agree with the author, just because you're conservative doesn't mean you're a member of the tea-party and it certainly doesn't mean you're racist (though the democrats love to claim that as fact). I'd love to read this book and I'm very interested in both women's lives and how they came to reconcile and eventually fall out again. But I think it does show the progress America has made over the centuries and I'm proud of that.

    December 23, 2011 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
    • G

      You make a point of saying people shouldn't generalize about conservatives then you make a remark about "all" democrats. Wow.

      December 23, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • bayou

        in the same sentence its hilarious

        December 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • E

        Apparently generalizations and stereotypes are only true for OTHER people.

        December 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tbell805

      I think you all missed the point. London American just wanted to show that despite the stereotypical view, Conservatives are racist, many Conservatives are not racist often portrayed in the media. I've had the privilege of finding that out myself. You all should too. It is never okay to generalize. It is an excuse to shut the other person down before you even get a chance to understand them.

      December 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ja-coffalotte

      oh my, you are pathetic

      December 26, 2011 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      Hey London. What does your conservatism have to do with anything we're discussing here? While your statement sounds authorative, the case is not that conservatives are racist just the fact that most racists are conservatives. Research your party's platforms and see the results for the 99%. It is very hard to walk a mile in my shoes when it comes to race. Your ethnic groups historical record does not support your extrapolation.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Guest

    This is why we shouldnt let the south be involved in the federal government

    December 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • E

      So you believe in stereotypes and basing political rights on broad ideas of people you know nothing about? Way to make yourself sound like a complete idiot.
      -A liberal 5th generation Southerner.

      December 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • skpfrmdc

      They left once. We MADE them come back. 20/20 hindsight.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  55. thea thompson

    ppl v halme barryington ny please help

    December 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  56. scranton

    I would like to be able to enter into that picture and hug Elizabeth and punch Hazel.

    December 22, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Change

    Although alot has change since the civil rights struggles for racial justice and equality, unfortunately we still have a long way to go to bridge the gap of racial divide. Yes it wonderful that we now have the first African-American President in office, yet this country is divided because there are some rightwing extremists out there who still believe that an African-American should not be President of the United States. This despite four hundred years in slavery helping to build this country from the ground up and being subjected to Jim Crow isolation and oppression for decades. But I like to say that the freedom of African-Americans in this country came the old fashion way. We earned it!

    Yet I'm very proud of America for the simple fact that President Obama is President simply because millions of white Americans all across this nation put race aside to elect President Obama. And to them the issues and the welfare of our country were more important than the color of the candidates skin. And in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s term, they judged candidate Obama not by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.

    December 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • ten

      everyone was afraid to ask him any real questions. I thought Condi Rice would be the first but maybe she will be the first women.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • CHE

        @ten; since you are still wearing your stinky filthy juvenile in diapers even at ten; and have an IQ the shoe size of midget. And since you just crawled out from some primitive in Kubal; FYI Pres. Obama have appeared and answered every News Media that wishes to question him just about anything inclu. your delusional Faux News that feeds you daily with hate and have brain washed you as part of your daily dose. Not only that; unlike your coward, unintelligent Republican Presidents inclu. GOP crazy leaders, dead or alive who requests that News Media questions have to be submitted weeks in advance and to be screened by them before any appearance, Pres. Obama questions are not per-screened. Not only that, Pres. Obama has appeared on News Media conferences and interviews more than all US Presidents News Media conferences and interviews combined. Put that in your trailer park pipe and smoke it. Juvenile ten in diapers.

        December 24, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
      • skpfrmdc

        r u MAD??!!! it never ceases to amaze me how people can completely miss entire world changing events. Your statement alone shows your opinion is one someone gave to you. If you came uyp with that own your own you are truly pitiful.

        December 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • farmerjeani

      to Ten; obviously you didn't watch the debates. John McCain asked (or made accusations) on six subjects at once and Obama never lost his cool, answered each point seriously, logically and intelligently. If you mean they didn't ask the really difficult questions like "what magazines and periodicals do you read?", that's true. Most news reporters kept it simple with questions on the economy (which John McCain thought was in just dandy shape), foreign policy and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's why this white person voted for him.

      December 23, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • MamaBee54

      Very good and true post Change!

      December 23, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Cronnne

      unfortunately we still have a long way to go to bridge the gap of racial divide

      wELL Change. we have Affirmative action, every social program you could ever think of, and have spent 50 years trying to close that gap. At one point does the AA community looks itself in the mirror and take on the responsiblity for its failures. But they dont, instead they continue to use the events of literally HUNDREDS of years , and generations ago, to exploit and prevert the America we love. Ever noticed that in america , when something bad happens to a white man, well thats life. And if its to a black man , its society holding him back, its inequalities, its any litny of excuses that focus soley on making the black american a victim and refusing to hold to any level of accountability.

      December 24, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
      • AK

        You fool Jim Cronne, How and the hell do you expect a people who were tortured, traumatized, and kept out of site for almost 450 Years to gain equality in 50 years! I will use this analogy!
        If my football team played yours and we were spotted 10 touchdowns at the start of a game how long do you think it would take for your team to win especially playing not knowing the rules! NEVER!
        You damn fool and all of you that are like this idiot! He actually thinks he is intelligent!
        Only a white man can think this way in America!

        December 26, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tricky

        @AK I wish there was some way to vote for this comment!! Spot no!!

        December 27, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • ten

        Sorry AK. Stop listening to the people that want to hold you back. Get rid of the bitterness and be part of the solution. Alwasy trust but verify.

        December 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  58. opinion8it

    Even back then you could make out who the "t-party" people were

    December 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Wrong! You mean the Democrats.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peikovianii

      And the idiiots.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • ten

      Correct. Democrats were and are the racists. Still dividing people on race.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      Why make such a stupid comment?

      December 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • G

        They can't help themselves. Some people just open their mouths and garbage comes out. It's a shame they don't know how to open their minds instead.

        December 23, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  59. GGCS

    Race is the obvious reason for the hatred in that photo.... but white people are quite capable of singling out the different among their own color and putting them through similar torture with lifelong repercussions. I wonder if this is also true of the other races.

    December 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ten

      All races and cultures do it. Even with all the bad press CNN does about America, we are still the most tolerant people on the planet.

      December 22, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • forrealism

        Some Americans are the most tolerant in the world not all of us. Dont be naive. Im guessing you've never been to England

        December 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe Rioux

        I have been all over the world, and pound for pound Americans are the most tolerant of other races, religions, and cultures.

        December 23, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  60. WDinDallas

    How did you know Elizabeth is a member of the TEA party?

    December 22, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  61. ted

    indeed, race relations are complex...very complex.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  62. FrankinSD

    Now where have I seen those faces in the background recently? Oh yes, at the latest Tea Party rally. And before you all go ape, check out the latest research from Notre Dame on the subject. Tea Party voters are different from other conservatives only in their religious fundamentalism and (you guessed it) their level of racial resentment.

    December 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Those faces in all likely hood were Democrats.

      December 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Peikovianii

        Arkansas didn't vote for a Republican until 1972. These were all good Democrats in 1957. The need in this country for socalized medicine is because so many Democrats throw their shoulders out when patting themselves on the back.

        December 22, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • E

        yawn another ignorant Republican who hasn't bothered to read about the Southern Strategy or the Dixiecrats.

        December 23, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      Please educate yourself before you post. I am embarrassed for you.

      December 22, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • So.....

      lol. true

      December 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |