I think I‘ll just let this letter speak for itself. It was a letter to the editor in the Dallas Morning News. I had the exact same thought, partly because I’ve read and presented a synopsis of Elizabeth and Hazel: Two Women from Little Rock by David Margolick, and it definitely made a lasting impression. (Read my earlier blog post: Elizabeth & Hazel, 2 Women from Little Rock; Inherently Unequal – Can we talk about racism?)
So, without further comment, the letter to the editor from Frank Mayhew, Denton, TX. And please take a close look at the two photographs.
Re: Picture of the protesters on the front of the Saturday Metro section.
I have seen this picture before; it was in September 1957 outside Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. The image today was the same, and other than the color of the victims (brown this time, black in ’57) nothing has changed: vitriolic rage coming from adults directed toward a group of children. Will one of these screaming women one day ask for forgiveness, as did 1957’s Hazel Bryan Massery?
It should be noted that at the same time Massery was embarrassing herself in 1957, Grace Lorch, a 50-year-old white woman and the mother of a 13-year-old daughter, saw a mob threatening Elizabeth Eckford, one of the Little Rock Nine.
Pulling her car alongside the swirling mob, Lorch signaled to Eckford, who jumped in as Lorch sped away. For her actions, Lorch’s family was threatened, including her daughter. Dynamite was planted at her home; her husband lost his job.
How many of us have the courage of Grace Lorch?
Frank Mayhew, Denton