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What makes this piece so monumental? Why is this piece so popular and even controversial?
First and foremost, it was done by Rockwell, the pitchman for conservative imagery for almost fifty years. And the problem is racism. All had grown to love Rockwell, as well as his art. He received mail by the bagfuls from adoring fans.
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Norman Rockwell was released from the unwritten law that no blacks should be shown unless in subservient roles and the chains of artistic freedom where taken off in this piece. My first introduction to this piece came in the early s. This book, that proudly sets on my shelf today, contained a complete three page fold out of this painting.
Each time I saw this piece, I vividly remembered feeling sorry for this little girl. My mother, Linda Laird, told me recently while discussing this painting: If this is the case then the wild notion by some in the academic community that Rockwell was actually saying the problem we all live with is the little girl or black people are the problem can be tossed out a window.
Even the crazy idea that the white dress held some racist symbology will be dissolved upon this research. If one educates himself about the historical events of the assumption could easily be made that Rockwell was simply illustrating a story, as he so powerfully did throughout his career.
The main difference is the story illustrated here is bitterly hard hitting and raw. This reality is more provoking because he uses a harmless, innocent African-American child that just so happens to be wearing a white starched dress that most all children wore in the early s.
They walked hurriedly up the steps and into the yellow brick building while onlookers jeered and shouted taunts.
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He decided to go see what was happening. We were kept apart. The women were known as the Cheerleaders, and their foul language even shocked a man as worldly as Steinbeck.
Steinbeck left his dog and his truck in a parking lot. Instead, he took a cab.
My name and the names of the girls at the McDonough school were never mentioned on television or in the newspapers. The press tried to protect us. Then two big black cars filled with big men in blond felt hats pulled up in front of the school. The crowd seemed to hold its breath. Four big marshals got out of each car and from somewhere in the automobiles they extracted the littlest negro girl you ever saw, dressed in shining starchy white, with new white shoes on feet so little they were almost round.
Her face and little legs were very black against the white. The little girl did not look at the howling crowd, but from the side the whites of her eyes showed like those of a frightened fawn. The men turned her around like a doll and then the strange procession moved up the broad walk toward the school, and the child was even more a mite because the men were so big. Then the girl made a curious hop, and I think I know what it was. I think in her whole life she had not gone ten steps without skipping, but now in the middle of her first step, the weight bore her down and her little round feet took measured, reluctant steps between the tall guards.
Slowly they climbed the steps and entered the school. He must have been. It would be hard to believe that the elements he shows are just coincidence. It also would be totally out of ignorance not to factor in this story of Ruby Bridges either from print or television, as inspiration. It would be fair, however, to say that Rockwell took artistic license and was able to take the given historical elements and mold them, into his own interpretation.
Why are the suits of the marshals not black or dark grey as they were at this time? Rockwell had to take the darkness away from them not only for effect but to pull off a good painting. It is obvious that Rockwell wants the emphasis to be on this little black girl and her story, not on the marshals.
He uses an old trick used by his contemporaries to solve the problem. These guys become symbols of all law enforcement and how law enforcement stands above racism.
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I do, however, feel that he used Ruby Bridges story as his inspiration with no doubt in my mind. Walter Cronkite reported the incident in for the evening news so the national coverage gave the American people, including Rockwell, all the horrible details. Including eggs being thrown by segregationalist housewifes, words that were so bad that the sensors had to muffle the crowd noise and blot these hurtful, horrible words out of their coverage.
It was indicated that they were indelicate, some even said obscene, On television the soundtrack was made to blur or had crown noises cut to occur. It infuriated some, heartened the hopes of others, shamed many, and was met with indifference or scorn by the Art Establishment.
The perceptive viewer notes not only the confident posture and countenance of the young girl- her escorts are cropped and anonymous agents of the law -but the writ in the pocket of the advancing guard, the contrast of schoolbooks with the graffiti on the wall, the smashed tomato the least of projectiles launched in those times.
It is an approach common to centuries of fine art, emblematic and immediate. He was most assuredly a Constitutionalist, certainly by sentiment. That latter term is important. Pictures for the American People I will conclude by again sighting these words by Dr. As we peer into the unmarked graves of the ghosts that haunt America still, perhaps the path to peace lies not only in dreaming a better future for black children but in awakening white Americans to their own history.