Sixty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent in the 101st Airborne to protect the brave black children who dared to integrate the public schools of Little Rock.
The students withstood taunts, jeers, even stones. They persisted, with the dream and hope of one day having a school system that welcomed all children.
Now, Little Rock activist Anika Whitfield writes, Little Rock is under attack again.
Now it is the Walton family and other billionaires who are intent to closing public schools, opening privately managed charter schools, and dominating black and brown children.
Like many major metropolitan cities in the United States, Little Rock is experiencing the evils of unfounded and manufactured fear about black and brown children that translates beyond white flight (as we experienced soon after the Brown vs. Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas ruling in 1954) and into a calculated systemic effort by U.S. billionaires, like…
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