Freedom is not integration. Freedom is being able to go with Grandma to the wrestling matches” (Beals, 201)
Warriors Don’t Cry is a book written by one of the nine black students, known as the Little Rock Nine, to attend an all-white High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1954, ordered by the government to force integration. In this quote, Melba Beals conveys that this forced integration didn’t make her feel more free at all, in fact she felt targeted. Personally I feel like this quote in general shows that our world, in the past and in the present, is full of a lack of freedom and unfairness. The idea that nine teenagers were supposed to change the ways of thinking of an entire, mostly white, community is absolutely insane, and the fact that the government is relying on ruining the freedom that children deserve shows our messed up our nation is. It reminds me of the current situation, with Donald Trump being elected even with all the racist and sexist remarks he made. Our government is doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past, and it absolutely saddens me to realize that our country isn’t really evolving at all, and our rights are essentially being taken away from us. Freedom isn’t integration, freedom is when human beings are compassionate, and work together, and have all the rights we deserve, no matter what our skin color is.
Beals, Melba. Warriors Don’t Cry: a Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock’s Central High. New York, Pocket Books, 1994